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Higgins leads Canucks to 3-2 OT win over Avs

By Pat Graham

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, March 24 2012 11:06 p.m. MDT

Vancouver Canucks right winger Zack Kassian, left, battles with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Matt Hunwick, center, as goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, stops Kassian's shot in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, March 24, 2012.

David Zalubowski, Associated Press

DENVER — Chris Higgins had two goals, including the winner at 1:40 of overtime, and Vancouver rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Saturday night as the Canucks wrapped up their fourth straight Northwest Division crown.

Mason Raymond also scored and Roberto Luongo stopped 38 shots.

Before the game, the Canucks clinched the division title courtesy of Calgary's loss to Dallas. They also closed the gap on St. Louis in the race for the top seed in the conference, climbing to within two points of the Blues.

Gabriel Landeskog and Jamie McGinn scored for the Avalanche, who have earned at least a point in nine of their last 11 games to remain in the thick of the playoff chase.

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