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Canucks Snap Losing Streak With A Huge Win

Many were wondering if the Vancouver Canucks would just call it a season after losing four straight games by the score of 5-2.

Sunday night they showed us all that would not be the case.

A collective effort led by the Sedin twins helped the Canucks secure a 5-1 win at home against the Colorado Avalanche to stay in striking distance of the 8th and final playoff spot in the western conference.

Jannik Hansen scored twice, Henrik Sedin had four assists, and Ryan Miller made 37 saves to lift the Vancouver Canucks to the win.

Adam Cracknell, Radim Vrbata, and Christopher Tanev, into an empty net with 8:23 left, scored for the Canucks (23-24-12), who ended a four-game losing streak.

Miller was well on his way to a shutout but Matt Duchene ended Miller’s hopes on a rebound with 41.8 seconds left.

Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves for the Avalanche (31-27-4), who lost for the second time in six games despite outshooting the Canucks 38-29.

It was Cracknell, the Canucks’ fourth-line center, who opened the scoring 8:31 into the first period, stopping a shot atop the crease and pulling the puck around Varlamov before lifting a high backhand over the sprawling goalie for his 5th goal of the year.

Hansen doubled the lead with 1:14 left in the first, finding a soft spot between four defenders in the slot and one-timing Daniel Sedin‘s pass from behind the net past Varlamov’s blocker for his 18th goal of the year.

Miller continued making save after save stopping for the Canucks

He stopped Carl Soderberg on a shorthanded breakaway five minutes into the second period, gloved a Jarome Iginla one-timer from the left faceoff dot, and got a break when defenseman Francois Beauchemin hit the crossbar on a power play.

Vrbata made it 3-0 when he scored on a rebound on the power play with 4.4 seconds left in the second after Varlamov was penalized for playing the puck outside the trapezoid. The goal ended a 14-game drought and was the second in 25 games for Vrbata.

To cap off a stellar night, Hansen scored his second goal on a pretty 2-on-1 pass from Daniel Sedin at 8:09 of the third for 19th, and team leading goal.

Colorado pulled Varlamov with 10:19 left for an extra attacker, and Tanev scored his second goal in 20 games into the empty net.

Canucks hope to get a on a roll here as they have the next few games at home, where they can really make a push for that last playoff spot.

Up next: The Canucks welcome the Ottawa Senators to Rogers Arena Thursday night.

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