VANCOUVER — Mikkel Boedker scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche leaped back into playoff position with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.
Andreas Martinsen also scored for the Avalanche (36-31-4), who are now at 76 points, one point ahead of Minnesota for the last wild-card spot in the Western Conference.
Henrik Sedin scored for Vancouver (27-30-12), which completed a four-game home stand 2-2. The Canucks are 10 points back of the Avs in the wild-card race.
Ryan Miller made 31 saves in the Vancouver goal. Semyon Varlamov stopped 28 shots at the other end for the Avs.
Boedker, who came to the Avs at the trade deadline from Arizona, scored the go-ahead goal and his second of the night 37 seconds into the third when he swooped around defenceman Ben Hutton and lifted the puck past Miller on the glove side to make it 2-1.
Vancouver scored first at 12:00 as Daniel Sedin's shot rebounded right to Henrik Sedin at the face-off circle and he deposited the puck for his 11th of the year. The second assist on the goal went to Russian rookie Nikita Trymakin in his much-hyped NHL debut. The six-foot-seven, 228-pound defenceman signed with Vancouver last week after finishing his KHL season.
The Avs got on the board just 66 seconds later as Matt Duchene passed to Jarome Iginla who then found Boedker at the side of the net for the one-timer. That extended Duchene's point streak to four games.
With defenceman Francois Beauchemin off for hooking, the Canucks peppered Varlamov with shots but couldn't solve the Russian netminder, extending their power-play slump to 0-for-17. Despite the second-period pressure, Vancouver trailed in shots 27-19 through two periods.
After Boedker's second goal, Colorado increased its lead to 3-1 at 5:31 of the third when Martinsen came around the boards, skated through the Vancouver defence, and banked it in off Miller.
Colorado avoided being swept by the Canucks in the three-game season series.
Notes: The Avalanche were without forward Gabriel Landeskog, who is serving a three-game suspension for his hit on Anaheim's Simon Despres. ... Tryamkin is the ninth player to make his NHL debut with Vancouver this season. ... Vancouver's next game is Friday at Edmonton.
Jason Keller, The Canadian Press