At one point this season, he was an afterthought to Avs coach Patrick Roy. He wore the uniform of the Lake Erie Monsters for a time with no guarantee of getting out of the minors. Tyson Barrie is now one of Roy's first options when looking for a clutch goal, and Thursday night Barrie came through with another one.

Barrie's goal with 52 seconds left in regulation got the Avs into overtime against the New York Rangers, and with it another important point in the Central Division standings in the race for the No. 2 spot and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Barrie then went on to score the only goal of the shootout to give the Avs another big point and a 3-2 win at the Pepsi Center.

Barrie said he was given a tip on his shootout attempt by Roy. The tip: go backhand, top shelf. Good advice, it turned out. That's how Barrie beat Henrik Lundqvist on the opening shot of the shootout.

"Yeah," Roy said when asked if it was true. "But he made the play."

Barrie fanned on his initial shot for the tying goal, which might have thrown off Lundqvist, the Rangers' goalie. With the puck still on his stick, Barrie buried a shot from the slot to the right corner to tie it at 2-2. For Barrie, it was his 11th goal of the season — three of which came in overtime, tying the single-season franchise record set by David Jones in 2010-11.

"Mr. Lucky maybe," Barrie said. "I kind of whiffed on the first shot, but it just kept rolling with me and I got a second shot at it. Just fortunate it got by him."

Barrie's goal came with the Avs on a 6-on-5, thanks to Roy pulling goalie Semyon Varlamov with 2:07 left.

"What has made the difference with Barrie? He went to the minors and worked on his game and he plays north hockey," Roy said. "We did not want him to play east-west anymore. He has our full confidence."