Canucks win in OT over Avs, inch closer to top spot in West

Chris Higgins' second goal of the game came 1:40 into overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

The Canucks received good news before the game even started as Calgary's loss to Dallas earlier on Saturday helped the team clinch the Northwest Division for the fourth straight season.

In the extra session, a good forecheck from Jannik Hansen in the left corner saw him win the puck and fire a pass between the legs of a Colorado defender to the slot where Higgins one-timed it home for the win.

Higgins tied the game in the second period while Mason Raymond also scored for the Canucks, who have won two straight and with 99 points sit just two back of St. Louis for the top spot in the Western Conference. Roberto Luongo made 38 stops in the win.

Gabriel Landeskog and Jamie McGinn both scored for the Avalanche, who dropped to 10th in the conference standings with the loss. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 29 stops.

Colorado is tied with Los Angeles and San Jose in points, but due to tiebreakers sits behind both of those teams.