DENVER - Mason Raymond scored the go-ahead goal for the second time in two games and the Vancouver Canucks extended their dominance over the Colorado Avalanche with a 3-2 victory Sunday night at Pepsi Center.
Cory Schneider continued his strong play in goal, stopping 26 shots for the Canucks, who beat Colorado for the ninth straight time. Vancouver is 17-0-2 in the past 19 meetings dating to Nov. 1, 2009.
Raymond, who scored the only goal for Vancouver in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings, broke a 1-1 tie when he raced up the left wing and beat Colorado goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the glove side early in the second period.
Alexandre Burrows and Jason Garrison also scored for the Canucks, who completed a perfect three-game trip to move two points ahead of Minnesota for the Northwest Division lead.
Giguere, highly critical of his team's effort and intensity following Saturday's 5-2 loss at Dallas, stopped 27 shots for the Avalanche. Colorado lost for the sixth time in its past seven games.
Trailing 3-1 after two periods, the Avs made things interesting when P.A. Parenteau scored on a two-man advantage with 2:31 remaining. It was Colorado's fifth power-play opportunity over the game's final 23 minutes.
The Avalanche pulled Giguere with about a minute to play but could not beat Schneider, who won his fourth straight start. Schneider has stopped 105 of 111 shots over that span.
The Canucks entered the game tied with Buffalo for the league's most anemic power play, but they broke through with a man-advantage in the first period.
With Avalanche defenseman Shane O'Brien in the penalty box for interference, Vancouver needed only 11 seconds to capitalize, as Garrison's shot from the slot slipped through traffic and past Giguere at 5:18.
It was Vancouver's second power-play goal in 44 chances over the past 16 games.
Colorado answered four minutes later when Jamie McGinn scored on a 2-on-1 rush with Parenteau at 9:18. McGinn hit the left post with a shot later in the period, but the teams went into the first intermission tied at 1.
Raymond broke the tie with his ninth goal of the season just 3:13 into the second period, and Garrison provided an important insurance goal when he scored from just outside the right crease at 14:29.
NOTES: Colorado forward Paul Stastny suffered a foot injury in the first period and did not return. ... Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog was back in the lineup after sitting out Saturday's game against Dallas with a torso injury. The second-year center has missed 12 games due to injury. ... Already banged up on the offensive front, the Canucks were without forward Dale Weise, who suffered a shoulder injury Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings. ... Vancouver defenseman Alex Edler completed the two-game suspension he received for charging into Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith behind the net on Thursday. ... The Avs, who won the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001, celebrated "Trophy Night." Fans at Pepsi Center were able to pose for pictures with the Stanley Cup and the Hart, Conn Smythe, Vezina and Art Ross trophies. ... Colorado surrendered the first goal for the 22nd time in 31 games. ... Parenteau recorded his 30th point of the season with an assist on his 30th birthday.