The Avalanche lost their fourth in a row and suffered a major setback in a bid to make the playoffs.
Colorado is in 10th place, two points out of a playoff position, but has played two more games than any of the teams it is trying to catch in the post-season chase. The Avalanche have just four games left to play.
The Canucks, who have already wrapped up a playoff berth, moved within two points of both the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues for the best record in the NHL. All three teams have five games remaining.
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]