Avs two-game win streak is snapped in Vancouver

Posted at 11:21 PM, Feb 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 01:21:49-05

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Jannik Hansen scored twice, Ryan Miller made 37 saves and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 Sunday night to snap a four-game skid.

Adam CracknellRadim Vrbata and Christopher Tanev also scored for Vancouver. Henrik Sedin had four assists and Daniel Sedin had three assists.

The Canucks were 0-5-1 over their last six at Rogers Arena.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots, and the Avalanche ended a two-game winning streak. Matt Duchene scored with 42 seconds left for Colorado, which occupies the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

The Avalanche won 3-2 Saturday night at Edmonton, but trailed 3-0 after two periods in this one. It might've been closer if not for Miller's stellar play.

Colorado had a couple good chances before the Canucks grabbed the lead at 8:31 of the opening period. Cracknell ended a 28-game scoreless streak Friday night and scored again in this one when he stopped Emerson Etem's shot in front and shoveled home his fifth of the season.

Vrbata rang a shot off the post behind Varlamov that stayed out before Miller made a pad save on Carl Soderberg for his biggest stop of the period.

Hansen made it 2-0 with 1:14 left in the first when he buried Daniel Sedin's pass from behind the net for his 18th for Vancouver, which sits seven points back of Nashville for the West's second wild-card spot.

Miller was strong again in the second, stopping Soderberg on a short-handed breakaway and snagging Jarome Iginla's one-timer on the power play.

The Vancouver goalie was fortunate when Francois Beauchemin's shot hit the crossbar and stayed out midway through the second.

Cracknell appeared to score his second of the night at 12:17, but it was ruled after video review that he directed the puck in with his glove.

Miller stopped Erik Johnson with a brilliant toe save on a 3-on-2 to keep his team up by two and set the stage for Vrbata's power-play goal with 4.4 seconds left in the second. The veteran forward had not scored in 14 games and had just one over his previous 24, but poked a rebound past Varlamov for his 12th.

Colorado's Blake Comeau hit the post early in the third period, and Hansen scored his second of the night and 19th of the season at 9:09 when he redirected Daniel Sedin's pass on a 2-on-1.

Avalanche coach Patrick Roy pulled Varlamov for an extra attacker with more than 10 minutes left in regulation, but Tanev scored his fourth into the empty net at 11:37 to seal it.

Duchene broke Miller's shut-out bid with 41.8 seconds left to round out the scoring with his 26th.

Game notes
Vrbata and 
Derek Dorsett left in the third period for Vancouver and did not return. ... The Avalanche acquired former Canucks forward Shawn Matthiasfrom Toronto in a trade Sunday for a 2016 fourth-round pick and prospectColin Smith. Matthias is expected to join the team later this week.