COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Artem Anisimov's power-play goal at 2:26 of overtime gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win against the visiting Colorado Avalanche on Sunday at Nationwide Arena.
Late on a power play with Colorado's P.A. Parenteau off for hooking 42 seconds into overtime, the Blue Jackets set up deep in the Avalanche zone. With R.J. Umberger screening Avs goaltender Semyon Varlamov, Anisimov fired a low wrist shot from the right faceoff circle that found the back of the net and snapped a four-game winless streak for Columbus.
Forward Vinny Prospal scored the tying goal early in the third, and the Blue Jackets played beyond 60 minutes for the third straight game. Prospal's goal came with the Jackets on a two-man advantage at 4:04 of the period.
Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 18 saves, while Varlamov stopped 32 of 34 shots. Parenteau scored the Avalanche's only goal.
The Blue Jackets already were on a power play with Patrick Bordeleau in the penalty box for holding when Matt Duchene was sent off for hooking. Columbus took advantage of the 5-on-3 when Prospal got a pass from Fedor Tyutin, skated into the right circle and fired a low shot that deflected off the stick of Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly and past Varlamov. It was Prospal's team-best eighth goal of the season.
It was O'Reilly's season debut after the Avalanche matched an offer sheet tendered to him by the Calgary Flames this week.
After a scoreless first period, Parenteau gave the Avalanche the lead with 7:35 left in the second. Taking a pass from Shane O'Brien just above the circles, he looped a high wrist shot on net that bounced off the shoulder of Bobrovsky and glanced off the crossbar. The goal was allowed to stand after a review showed Duchene did not tip the shot with a high stick.
A scoreless first period saw both teams have the chance to score the game's first goal. The Blue Jackets had a two-man advantage for 1:20 midway through the period after the Avalanche were whistled for too many men on the ice while killing off a penalty on Shane O'Brien. However, the Blue Jackets couldn’t get a shot on net, as first Duchene then Jan Hejda blocked shots.
The Avalanche had a power play earlier in the period when Tyutin was sent off for cross-checking, but managed one shot on net.
Colorado continues its three-game road trip on Tuesday in Detroit before playing at Chicago on Wednesday. The Avalanche is in a stretch where they play six of seven games
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