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Five players score for Colorado in win over Vancouver

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Colorado Avalanche needed
only 13 minutes to wreck the Vancouver Canucks' seven-game winning
streak at home.

Ian Laperriere, Joe Sakic, Marek Svatos and Antti Laaksonen
staked the Avalanche to a four-goal lead, and David Aebischer
helped them hold on for a 5-3 victory that snapped the Canucks'
perfect home record Thursday night.

"We were ready to go," Sakic said. "We had our legs going and
we were skating well and we probably caught them flat. It was a
good start for us."

Ed Jovanovski and Todd Bertuzzi cut the 4-0 deficit in half
early in the second, but Karlis Skrastins ended any suspense with a
short-handed goal in the third for Colorado, which won for the
sixth time in seven games, including three against Vancouver.

Aebischer made the best of his 25 saves by killing off four
straight penalties in the third period -- including a lengthy 5-on-3
disadvantage -- as the Avalanche moved two points behind the
Northwest Division-leading Canucks despite playing two fewer games.

"We had to weather the storm big time in the second period, but
Abby made some big saves for us to keep it a two-goal game," Sakic
said.

Richard Park scored the other Vancouver goal with 1:43 left as
the Canucks lost for the first time in eight home games. They have
dropped five of seven overall.

"We came out flat," said Canucks captain Markus Naslund, who
had two assists. "We've gotten away with a few (slow starts)
against lesser skilled teams but I think it's time for us to take a
good look in the mirror now and start preparing to find a way to be
ready early in games."

They certainly weren't ready against Colorado.

It only took 46 seconds for Laperriere to open the scoring after
he was left alone at the side of the Vancouver net to bang in a
backdoor pass from Andrew Brunette. A rebound bounced in off Sakic
at 3:49, and Svatos made it 3-0 less than three minutes later on a
2-on-0 break with Steve Konowalchuk after Jovanovski gave the puck
away, then fell down trying to recover.

The Avalanche registered the first 15 shots before Vancouver
recorded its first with 7:15 left in the period, drawing mock
cheers from the home crowd. That was all that Canucks fans had to
applaud in the first as Laaksonen drove around Jovanovski and
banked a shot in off Alex Auld at 12:51 to make it 4-0.

"I think it comes down to work ethic," Naslund said. "We're
getting outbattled. They didn't do anything fancy, they got the
puck deep and they outworked us."

Vancouver turned the tables by outshooting Colorado 14-3 in the
second.

Jovanovski scored a power-play goal 1:17 into the period, and
Bertuzzi beat Aebischer from the top of the slot midway through,
prompting a Colorado timeout.

"All of a sudden we had a hockey game and still 30 to 35
minutes to play," said Aebischer, who made big saves off Naslund
and Henrik Sedin before Skrastins extended the lead on a long shot
through traffic 7:57 into the third.

"I didn't have much to do early, but you just have to stay
focused," added Aebischer, who won his seventh straight start.
"It's never easy when you don't get a lot of work but I stayed in
there and did pretty well."

Auld also made 25 saves.

Game notes
Sakic's goal was the 548th of his career, moving him into a
tie for 21st on the NHL list with Michel Goulet, who works in the
Avalanche front office and was in attendance. ... The Canucks are
10-5-2, but all seven losses have come against division opponents.
... Vancouver had outscored opponents 30-16 at home. ... Colorado
LW Andrew Brunette extended his point streak to six games. He has
two goals and seven assists in that stretch. ... Vancouver G Dan
Cloutier dressed as Auld's backup, his first game since suffering a
concussion against the Avalanche on Oct. 29.