Brett McLean scored twice in regulation and added the shootout winner to give thesurging Colorado Avalanche a 5-4 comeback win over the Vancouver Canucks Sunday night at GM Place.
The Canucksfailed to pick up the two points they neededto clinch a playoff spot, butthe single point they earned for the shootout loss moved them back into first place in the Northwest Division.
Vancouver has the same number of points (97) as Minnesota, but gets the edge by virtue of having a game in hand on the Wild.
"It would have been nice to win," said Luongo, who made 26 saves but failed to seal his first playoff appearance in seven NHL seasons. "All in all, we know we'll make the playoffs, but we just want to finish first in our division."
Henrik Sedin supplied ahighlight Sunday for the Canucks, recording three assists to give him 63 on the season, breaking the franchise record set by Andre Boudrias in 1974-75.
Sedin set up a goal by his twin brother Daniel, and a pair by linemate Taylor Pyatt. Jeff Cowan had the other Vancouver goal.
Sakic joins elite company
Colorado's Joe Sakic scoredtwice to move into a tie with former teammate Ray Bourque for ninth on the NHL's all-time points list with 1,579.
The Burnaby, B.C., native's second goal of the night— a power-play marker midway through the third period— tied the game at 4-4 as Colorado overcame its second two-goal deficit of the night.
"We haven't quit during this whole stretch and it's not going to start now," Sakic said. "We've been down before and guys don't quit in here."
Sakic's second goal also made himonly the fifth player in NHL history to record 90 points in a season at age 37 or older. The others are Gordie Howe, Johnny Bucyk, Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky.
Jose Theodore, whowas pressed into actionfor the firsttime in a month when he replacedineffective Avalanche starter Peter Budaj late in the first period,facedjust seven shots— allowing one goal— in regulation and overtime.
Theodore, though,looked sharp in the shootout, stopping all three Vancouver attempts to help Colorado improve to 10-0-2 in its last 12 games.
The Avalanche,who appeared out of the playoff raceas recently as a few weeks ago,are justfive points behind Calgary for the eighth and finalpost-season spot in the Westwith two games left against the Flames.