DENVER - Colorado's best game of the season began with a goal for Vancouver just 10 seconds into the opening period.
The Avalanche dominated the rest of the way.
Jarome Iginla collected his first two goals for Colorado and had an assist, helping the Avalanche beat the Canucks 7-3 on Friday night.
Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists and Erik Johnson had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which broke out of an offensive slump to earn its first home win of the season.
BOSTON - The Boston Bruins will spend the next four to six weeks trying to fill the hole left by an injury to the tallest player in NHL history.
Defenceman Zdeno Chara tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee but will not need surgery, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said. The team called up two minor-league defencemen on Friday to replace the 6-foot-9 Slovakian who was the 2009 Norris Trophy winner and plays more minutes than any other Bruins skater.
ST. LOUIS - Ryan Miller was looking forward to his return to St. Louis with his new team, and the former Sabres and Blues goaltender made the most of it.
Miller made 15 of his season-high 31 saves in the third period, and the Vancouver Canucks scored three times in the final 15:06 of the game to beat the Blues 4-1.
"It was one I was actually really looking forward to, especially here in St. Louis," Miller said. "It was fun."
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Pittsburgh Penguins played "O Canada" before their game Wednesday night against Philadelphia to pay tribute to a Canadian soldier killed during an attack in Ottawa.
A sell-out crowd belted out the Canadian national anthem as the Canadian flag was flashed on the scoreboard and projected onto the ice.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Slava Voynov's attorney says the Los Angeles Kings defenceman never hit his girlfriend, and blames Voynov's arrest on a misunderstanding caused partly by the couple's limited ability to speak English.
Craig Renetzky is hopeful the NHL will end Voynov's indefinite suspension after reviewing the events that led to Voynov's arrest on suspicion of domestic violence at a hospital near his home. Voynov hasn't been charged.
DALLAS - On one end of the ice, Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was stopping a breakaway.
Seconds later, teammate Erik Cole fired the puck past Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller.
That was a two-goal swing in a game the Stars won 6-3 on Tuesday night. Lehtonen prevented a short-handed score, and Cole put in a goal on the same power play. Instead of being tied 1-1 in the first period, Dallas led 2-0.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - According to James van Riemsdyk, his linemate Phil Kessel was this close to discarding his sticks.
The New York Islanders may wish the high-scoring winger went through with it, as Kessel scored two goals to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 5-2 win Tuesday night.
"That's how it goes," van Riemsdyk said. "He doesn't need room to be able to put (pucks) in."
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The consolidated class-action lawsuit by former NHL players against the league over concussion-related injuries has been filed in federal court.
Attorneys for the ex-players filed the complaint Monday in Minnesota. The case had been assigned to U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson. It's a combination of several lawsuits previously filed.
DETROIT - Henrik Zetterberg's self criticism made for a great weekend for the Detroit Red Wings.
The captain scored at 4:50 of overtime to give the Red Wings a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night and a sweep of the teams' home-and-home series.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henrik Lundqvist has been among the NHL's best goalies lately. Ottawa's Craig Anderson won't be joining his New York Rangers counterpart at the all-star game, but he sure is making a good case that he should be.
Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice and the Senators beat the surging Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.