VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Andrei Kuzmenko scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Thursday night.
Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller also scored for the Canucks. They snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 17-18-3.
Collin Delia stopped 29 shots for Vancouver. Elias Pettersson and Oliver Ekman-Larsson each had two assists.
Mikko Rantanen and Samuel Girard scored for Colorado and Alexandar Georgiev made 39 saves. The defending champion Avalanche are 0-4-1 in their last five to fall to 19-15-3.
A highlight reel play set up Vancouver’s second goal.
Putting the puck between his own legs, Kuzmenko sprung Pettersson for a partial breakaway. The Swedish center drove into the Colorado zone, took the puck around the net, and got off a shot as he fell to the ice. Kuzmenko then forced the puck in past Georgiev’s skate, tying it at 2 with his 17th goal of the season.
Boeser scored the go-ahead goal 34 seconds later, sending a wrist shot past the netminder from in tight.
Avalanche: At Edmonton on Saturday.
Canucks: At Winnipeg on Sunday in first game of a five-game trip.
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