Colorado Avalanche dominate Vancouver Canucks for first home win, 7-3


Oct 24, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla (12) celebrates with the bench after scoring a goal the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche desperately needed a win Friday night at home against the Vancouver Canucks. Not only did they get that ever so desired win, they flat-out dominated with a 7-3 victory.

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The Avs’ got off to a rough start with a turnover, leading to a Vancouver goal just ten seconds into the matchup. Henrik Sedin shot one past Semyon Varalmov who missed the previous three games with a groin injury, putting the Canucks up 1-0.

Later in the period, Colorado answered with the equalizer. Jarome Iginla collected the puck out in front of the net and backhanded it past Eddie Lack top-shelf, tying it up at one apiece. Vancouver didn’t waste much time sulking over the tying goal as Alex Burrows notched his second goal of the season with less than three minutes remaining in the period.

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It was all Colorado in the second period however, outshooting the Canucks 16-9. Jamie McGinn recorded his second goal of the season on the assists from Matt Duchene and Tyson Barrie while Erik Johnson sniped a power-play goal two minutes later — making it 3-2 Avs’.

Colorado’s offense really started clicking towards the end of the second and carried on into the third period. Daniel Briere, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, and Jarome Iginla all collected goals in the third, putting on a show for the fans at the Pepsi Center.

What a night for Avalanche forward Matt Duchene. The speedy forward was awarded the first star of the game after recording a breakaway goal to go along with two assists. Jarome Iginla was named the second star with two goals and one assist while Tyson Barrie collected the third star honors, finishing the night with three assists.

Also, fan favorite Zach Redmond made his first appearence this season due to Ryan Wilson‘s injury, collecting an assist and three hits in the winning effort.

The Colorado Avalanche (2-4-2, 6 points) are back in action Sunday afternoon on the road taking on the Winnipeg Jets. Puck-drop is scheduled for 3:00 PM EST, 1:00 PM MST.