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Avalanche Vs. Canucks Final Score: Colorado Falls 1-0 To Vancouver

The Colorado Avalanche played well on Wednesday night against the mighty Vancouver Canucks, but a stellar effort from Canucks goalie Cory Schneider straddled the Avs with a devastating loss. The Avs are close, but still on the outside looking in as one of five teams vying for two playoff spots in the Western Conference. The loss drops the Avs to 40-33-6, while the win gives the Canucks 103 points and improves the team to 47-21-9.

The lone goal of the game was scored with three minutes remaining in the first period when Chris Higgins scored his 16th goal of the season shorthanded off an assist from Samuel Pahlsson. That was all the support the Canucks needed.

Schneider's effort may be one of the most impressive we've seen this season, and it comes at a terrible time for the Avs. Schneider made 43 saves on the night, while Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov only faced 23 total shots.

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