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  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Andre Burakovsky (95) of the Colorado Avalanche handles as Matthew Highmore (15) of the Vancouver Canucks defends during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Erik Johnson (6) of the Colorado Avalanche shoots against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Vasily Podkolzin (92) of the Vancouver Canucks passes as Logan O'Connor (25) of the Colorado Avalanche defends during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Mikko Rantanen (96) of the Colorado Avalanche handles as Elias Pettersson (40) of the Vancouver Canucks defends during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Tyler Myers (57) of the Vancouver Canucks checks Nathan MacKinnon (29) of the Colorado Avalanche during the second period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Cale Makar (8) of the Colorado Avalanche reacts to getting beat by Bo Horvat (53) of the Vancouver Canucks for a 3-1 empty-net goal during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Mikko Rantanen (96) of the Colorado Avalanche reacts to a 3-1 goal by Bo Horvat (53) of the Vancouver Canucks during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Cale Makar (8) of the Colorado Avalanche prepares for a faceoff against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Darcy Kuemper (35) of the Colorado Avalanche reacts to a 3-1 goal by Bo Horvat (53) of the Vancouver Canucks during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Nathan MacKinnon (29) of the Colorado Avalanche prepares for a faceoff against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Bo Horvat (53) of the Vancouver Canucks celebreates his 3-1 empty-net goal wieht teammate Tyler Myers (57) during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Cale Makar (8) of the Colorado Avalanche prepares for a faceoff against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Nazem Kadri (91) of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates his 2-1 goal during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Nathan MacKinnon (29) of the Colorado Avalanche takes a knee after being tripped during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Mikko Rantanen (96) of the Colorado Avalanche loses his stick while handling the puck as Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) of the Vancouver Canucks defends during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Juho Lammikko (91) of the Vancouver Canucks bodies Logan O'Connor (25) of the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    J.T. Compher (37) speaks to Valeri Nichushkin (13) of the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Brock Boeser (6) of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates a goal during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Nathan MacKinnon (29) of the Colorado Avalanche takes a knee after being tripped during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Fans celebrate a 2-1 goal by Nazem Kadri (91) of the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Logan O'Connor (25) of the Colorado Avalanche and Juho Lammikko (91) of the Vancouver Canucks jostle during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Nazem Kadri (91) of the Colorado Avalanche bodies Tyler Myers (57) of the Vancouver Canucks during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Valeri Nichushkin (13) of the Colorado Avalanche handles as Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) of the Vancouver Canucks defends during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Andre Burakovsky (95) of the Colorado Avalanche reacts to a goal by Brock Boeser (6) of the Vancouver Canucks as he celebrates with Brad Hunt (77) and Elias Pettersson (40) during the third period of Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Mikko Rantanen (96) of the Colorado Avalanche takes a breather against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Nazem Kadri (91) of the Colorado Avalanche takes a breather against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Nathan MacKinnon (29) of the Colorado Avalanche handles as Tanner Pearson (70) of the Vancouver Canucks defends during the second period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Tyler Myers (57) of the Vancouver Canucks bodies Andrew Cogliano (11) of the Colorado Avalanche during the second period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Andre Burakovsky (95) of the Colorado Avalanche handles as Travis Dermott (24) of the Vancouver Canucks defends during the second period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Erik Johnson (6) of the Colorado Avalanche and Brad Richardson (13) of the Vancouver Canucks jostle during the second period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Devon Toews (7) of the Colorado Avalanche gets physicial with Tyler Myers (57) of the Vancouver Canucks during the second period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar watches the action against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Darcy Kuemper (35) of the Colorado Avalanche tends the net against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Jaroslav Halak (41) of the Vancouver Canucks stops a shot by the Colorado Avalanche during the second period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Cale Makar (8) of the Colorado Avalanche speaks to linesman Kyle Flemington (55) during the first period agianst the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Andre Burakovsky (95) of the Colorado Avalanche takes a breather against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Mikko Rantanen (96) of the Colorado Avalanche prepapres for a faceoff against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Devon Toews (7) of the Colorado Avalanche takes a breather against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Cale Makar (8) of the Colorado Avalanche stands for a faceoff during the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) of the Vancouver Canucks pummels Andrew Cogliano (11) of the Colorado Avalanche after tossing him from his skates to his back during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Nazem Kadri (91) of the Colorado Avalanche prepapres to face the Vancouver Canucks during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Brock Boeser (6) of the Vancouver Canucks shoots on Darcy Kuemper (35) of the Colorado Avalanche during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Darcy Kuemper (35) of the Colorado Avalanche prepares for the Vancouver Canucks before the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) of the Vancouver Canucks pummels Andrew Cogliano (11) of the Colorado Avalanche after tossing him from his skates to his back during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) of the Vancouver Canucks jaws with Andrew Cogliano (11) of the Colorado Avalanche after tossing him from his skates to his back during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Cale Makar (8) of the Colorado Avalanche prepares for the Vancouver Canucks before the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) of the Vancouver Canucks prepares to toss Andrew Cogliano (11) of the Colorado Avalanche with a head-and-arm throw during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Nathan MacKinnon (29) of the Colorado Avalanche prepapres for a faceoff against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Kurtis MacDermid (56) of the Colorado Avalanche roams during the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Nathan MacKinnon (29) of the Colorado Avalanche handles the puck agaisnt the Vancouver Canucks during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Alex Chiasson (39) of the Vancouver Canucks takes a breather against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Alex Newhook (18) of the Colorado Avalanche handles as Juho Lammikko (91) of the Vancouver Canucks and Matthew Highmore (15) defend during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Andre Burakovsky (95) of the Colorado Avalanche handles as Brad Richardson (13) of the Vancouver Canucks during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

  • AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post

    Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) of the Vancouver Canucks and Valeri Nichushkin (13) of the Colorado Avalanche jaw during the first period on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

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