DENVER (AP) - Brandon Yip had two goals, including the go-ahead score, Ryan O'Reilly added a pair of short-handed goals, and the Colorado Avalanche snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 on Tuesday night.
O'Reilly's two goals both came with Avalanche center Paul Stastny in the penalty box, serving a double minor for high-sticking. O'Reilly became the first player in Colorado Avalanche history to score two short-handed tallies in one game.
O'Reilly's first goal extended Colorado's lead to 4-1 at 7:14 of the third. T.J. Galiardi started a rush and then fed O'Reilly, who beat goalie Mathieu Garon. With Columbus still on the power play, the two teamed up on another rush that O'Reilly converted with 9:31 remaining.
Yip made it 2-1 when he scored his first at 4:33 of the second. Yip scored his second off a pass from Galiardi, knocking the puck in from the side to put Colorado up 3-1.With Colorado on the power play, Columbus took advantage of a turnover to mount a 3-on-1 breakaway that Antoine Vermette finished with a short-handed goal 5:43 in. Nash, rushing down the left side, sent a cross-ice pass to Vermette, who converted from the lower left circle with a slap shot for his 18th of the season.
NOTES: Columbus LW Kristian Huselius, who missed Saturday's game at St. Louis because of the flu, returned to play in his 600th NHL game. ... Yip also scored two goals against Detroit on Dec. 31. O'Reilly had two goals against Chicago on Nov. 6.