First! Canucks top Avalanche, take first place in NHL

Alex Bolduc scored his first career NHL goal, and Mason Raymond also scored in his return to the lineup, and the Canucks won their fifth straight game, 2-1 over the hometown Colorado Avalanche.

It didn't seem like it would be an exciting game; the chances were fairly low; both teams weren't giving much of anything.

With two minutes left in the first period, Alex Bolduc scored his first career NHL goal. It was a goal that Craig Anderson should've had; a roller across the ice that went five hole.

However, whether it was a snipe or not, it was a 1-0 lead for the Canucks going into the second period, all momentum with the visiting Canucks.

The Canucks couldn't parlay any of that momentum onto the scoreboard into the second, as both teams put up goose eggs. It was a tight checking period, with the Canucks getting the majority of the scoring chances.

In the third, Alex Bolduc added to his great statistical night, when he got an assist on a Mason Raymond goal. It was a sneaky back hand pass to a waiting Raymond at the side of the net, who promptly tickled the twine and gave the nucks a two goal lead.

Paul Stastny made the game interesting when he scored, barely, with seven minutes left. The puck just crossed the goal line, despite Roberto Luongo's best efforts. He got his glove on the puck, and appeared to make a sensational save; however on review the puck did just cross the line, and it was 2-1.

It was Stastny's 300th point in his career.

The last five or so minutes in the third were some of the most exciting minutes you can find. It was a flurry of Avalanche chances after chances, with Bobby Lou turning them away again and again.

Luongo had a solid game, making 31 saves.

The Canucks managed to hold on for their fifth straight win, and in doing so vaulted into first place in the NHL. They are tied with Detroit, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia with 53 points, but have games in hand on all three.

Hopefully it's a sign of things to come, and if it is, the rest of the league had better take notice.

Notes: Statsny is the fifth member of the 2005 draft class to score 300 points...Mason Raymond has four goals in his last six games... the Canucks play tomorrow in San Jose against the Sharks at 7:30 pt.


Adam Reid's picture

Wow, atop of the Western Conference with 2 games in hand? The Canucks appear to be the real deal this season, they appear to want to win much more than they had ever wanted to before!
Its nice to see a Canadien team lead the way, in actual fact they are the top team in the NHL so far. As Canadiens and hockey fans, we highly hope they finally have all the pieces in place to produce a cup winner !