Backup goalie Cory Schneider made 43 saves, Chris Higgins scored short-handed and the Vancouver Canucks extended their domination of Colorado with a 1-0 victory Wednesday night over the fading Avalanche.
It was the second straight 1-0 win for the Canucks, who beat the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night behind top goalie Roberto Luongo. Vancouver (47-21-9) won its fourth straight overall, moving the Northwest Division champions within two points of St. Louis for the top spot in the Western Conference.
Vancouver cannot finish lower than second in the conference.
Higgins' goal came in the first period and was his third in four games against the Avalanche, who dropped to 0-6 against Vancouver this season.
Schneider was helped by his defensive-minded teammates, who kept Colorado away from the net. He came across his crease in the third to deny David Jones, who tried to convert Paul Stastny's rebound.
Schneider, who is 11-1-1 since Christmas, got his third shutout of the season. Luong...