Baertschi's two goals carry Canucks to fourth straight win
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[January 03, 2017]
VANCOUVER, British Columbia --
Being a healthy scratch 10 games ago created an attitude adjustment
for Sven Baertschi.
Baertschi scored his second goal on a power play late in the third
period to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 win over the Colorado
Avalanche on Monday night.
It was Vancouver's fourth consecutive win, matching their longest
winning streak of the season.
Baertschi was left out of the lineup for a 3-0 loss to Washington on
Dec. 11. Since his return, he has collected 11 points, including six
goals, in 10 games.
"Coming back after that I had a bit of attitude in my game because
no one wants to sit out," said Baertschi, who has 10 goals and 22
points in 36 games. "I felt like I was letting the team down there.
"I came back and started playing really well, so I guess it was good
Daniel Sedin, who had his 600th NHL assist on the winning goal, said
the 24-year-old from Bern, Switzerland, is playing with renewed
"He's getting the bounces lately," Sedin said. "Then all of a sudden
you are relaxing and making plays. You're seeing all kinds of
possibilities out there.
"When things don't go your way, you get a little hesitant and stop
skating. For him lately, it's been fun to watch. He's very key for
The winning goal came with the Canucks on a power play after
Colorado's Cody Goloubef was called for delay of game after shooting
the puck over the glass.
Daniel Sedin took a shot that Colorado goaltender Calvin Pickard
stopped. Baertschi was there to put in the rebound.
"I'm getting lots of shots and I get to feel the puck a lot, which
is good," said Baertschi, who came to Vancouver in a 2015 trade from
Calgary. "For me, it's just understanding where to go and finding
the open ice."
Bo Horvat also scored for the Canucks (18-18-3). Henrik Sedin had
Horvat, who leads the Canucks with 11 goals, said it's important
other players are stepping forward to help in the scoring.
"Hank (Henrik) and Danny (Sedin) put so much pressure on themselves
to carry this team on and off the ice," Horvat said. "To have
secondary scoring will take pressure off them."
Vancouver climbed to .500 for the first time since Oct. 29. The
Canucks, who are 6-2-1 in their last nine, are unbeaten since the
It's the first time the Canucks have won four straight games since
starting the season 4-0-0.
"We talked about each guy being just five percent better," Daniel
Sedin said. "That's all it takes for us to be a good team in this
"When we take that five percent off, I think we are an average team.
That's been our mindset every game to be there for each other and
really buy into our system and for our team. It's great to see."
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Canucks forward Sven Baertschi (47) celebrates his goal against
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Calvin Pickard (31) (not pictured)
with forward Henrik Sedin (33) and forward Daniel Sedin (22) during
the third period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-2.
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Mikko Rantanen, on the power play, and Tyson Barrie scored the
Avalanche, who lost their fourth straight. The Avs (12-24-1) have
one win in their last 10 games (1-9-0).
Barrie's goal tied the score at 2 midway through the third period.
Pickard said the late penalty was costly.
"That's kind of been the story lately," said Pickard, who had 21
saves. "We were actually playing good in the third there. We tied it
up, then we kind of shot ourselves in the foot again."
Colorado coach Jared Bednar said eight to 10 plays turned the game
against his team.
"A couple were needless penalties ... a handful of turnovers, and it
ends up costing us a hockey game," he said. "Some of the penalties
we're taking, it's getting repetitive, but that's what is biting us
Vancouver's Ryan Miller made 24 saves to become the 21th goaltender
to win 350 games. The only other U.S-born goalies with more wins are
John Vanbiesbrouck (374) and Tom Barrasso (369).
"It feels pretty good," Miller said. "You play a lot of hockey to
reach that point.
"It's fun to do it here at home."
NOTES: RW Alex Burrows missed the game with a scratched eye suffered
in Vancouver's 3-2 win over Edmonton on Dec. 31. He still played
almost 15 minutes in that game. ... RW Anton Rodin took his place on
a line with LW Sven Baertschi and C Bo Horvat. ... D Andrey Pedan
has been reassigned to the AHL Utica Comets. ... D Alex Biega was a
healthy scratch. ... Vancouver's homestand continues Wednesday
against Arizona. ... Colorado C Matt Duchene started on a line
between RW Jarome Iginla and LW Mikko Rantanen. ... C Nathan
MacKinnon started between RW Rene Bourgue and LW Gabriel Landeskog.
... G Semyon Varlamov (groin) skated on his own Sunday but did not
make the two-game road trip. ... Healthy scratches were D Eric
Gelinas and LW Andreas Martinsen. ... C Joe Colborne and D Cody
Goloubef returned to the lineup after being scratches the last two
games. ... The Avalanche play in Edmonton against the Oilers on
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