Canucks fall to Avalanche in OT

It was a night of firsts Tuesday night for the Vancouver Canucks and the Colorado Avalanche.
For instance, the Av's beat the Canucks for the first time this season, 4-3 in over time.

Besides being the first loss against the Av's this season for the Van city squad, tonight also marked Manitoba Moose call up Sergei Shirokov's first NHL goal.

And boy was it ever a beauty. But more on that later.

The Canucks have seen the shine of their previous win streak dull a little bit, as they've lost back to back games and 3 of their last 4.

However, the Canucks did manage to get a single point of it, even if it wasn't pretty.

Let's take it from the top.

First, Alex Edler scored his sixth, on the Powerplay, as Daniel Sedin tipped a pass to him at the point. Edler fired a low shot through Colorado goaltender Craig Anderson, who finished the night with 40 saves.

Then it was the Avalanches' turn. John Michael Liles wristed a shot past Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo for his sixth, after some great work down low by Canuck killer Milan Hejduk.

The Canucks replied ten minutes into the second period, as Ryan Kesler tipped in a Christian Ehrhoff point shot on the powerplay for his 25th of the year.

A mere two minutes after that, however, Avalanche forward David Jones scored his fifteenth.

5 minutes later, in a goal filled second period, Sergei Shirokov scored his first career NHL goal, and it was one to remember. After a shot by Ryan Kesler, the puck ended up in front between Shirokov and a Colorado defender. Shirokov stole the puck, deked Craig Anderson out of his equipment, and slipped the puck five hole. It was a masterpiece of a first goal, and a great first step for Shirokov, the darling of two training camps ago.

However, the celebration was short lived, as Milan Hejduk (remember how I said he was a Canuck killer?) scored on the powerplay just over a minute later.

After a scoreless third period, the game went into extra sessions, where David Jones got his second of the night, and sixteenth of the season to end the game.

The Canucks ended their 5 game roadtrip 2-2-1, an adequate record after such a great run.

The Canucks begin a homestand thursday against the San Jose Sharks Puck drop at 7 pm, pt.

Notes: Shirokov got his first goal in his seventh NHL game... Milan Hejduk had 3 points to bring his career total against the Canucks to 45 points in 47 games