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Avalanche 3, Canucks 2 (OT)

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DENVER -- Defenseman Tyson Barrie scored 55 seconds into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Thursday night.

Center Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist and left winger Gabriel Landeskog also scored for Colorado, which won two straight. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves to record his 36th win of the season.

Barrie scored the game winner, his 10th of the season, when he redirected a pass from Duchene past goaltender Eddie Lack. Lack finished with 25 saves for the Canucks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Defenseman Yannick Weber and right winger Zack Kassian scored for Vancouver.

The Canucks picked up three big wins in a week to stay in the hunt for one of the last wild-card spots. Since going 5-16-3 to start January, Vancouver played steadier hockey and is within five points of Phoenix with six games remaining.

The Canucks were already missing center Henrik Sedin (leg injury) when defenseman Kevin Bieksa went to the dressing room late in the second period after taking a big hit from Landeskog along the boards. He returned in the third period but only logged 2:35 of ice time.

The Avalanche came into Thursday with a chance to officially clinch a playoff berth, but the Coyotes' shootout win in New Jersey spoiled any celebration. Still, they moved to within one point of Chicago for second place in the Central Division, with Colorado having a game in hand. The Blackhawks were blanked by the Boston Bruins on Thursday.

Things did not start well for Colorado, which took three penalties in the first period. The Canucks took advantage on the second power play when Weber scored midway through the frame.

The Avalanche were able to tie it on Duchene's 23rd goal at 15:40 of the first, and Landeskog gave them a 2-1 lead with his 24th at 8:58 of the second.

The Canucks got even when Kassian scored with 1:22 left before the second intermission.

Colorado failed to score on two power play chances in the third.

NOTES: Avalanche D Erik Johnson was in the lineup after missing the morning skate with flu-like symptoms. He was questionable for the game but felt well enough to play. ... Vancouver C Henrik Sedin missed his second straight game with a left leg injury suffered in Sunday's win over Buffalo. Sedin did not make the Canucks' two-game road trip that started Wednesday in Minnesota. ... Avalanche C John Mitchell missed his fourth straight game with a back injury. Mitchell has made progress and could play Saturday against San Jose. ... Thursday was the completion of the 16th back-to-back set for the Canucks. They have one more, which closes out the regular season.
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