Avalanche blank Blue Jackets 4-0

Rick Sadowski | NHL.com | Friday, 01.25.2013 / 12:26 AM

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche used a quick start, a 33-save performance by Semyon Varlamov and a three-point night from Matt Duchene to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Thursday for their second consecutive win at the Pepsi Center.

PA Parenteau and Duchene scored first-period goals and John Mitchell, who missed most of that period after being struck in the face with the puck, added an insurance goal at 4:38 of the third, shortly after Varlamov robbed the Blue Jackets’ Ryan Johansen on a shot from point-blank range.

Duchene scored his second goal with 1:18 remaining in regulation.

A major component of the Avs' game plan was to play with plenty of energy from the beginning against a Blue Jackets team that was playing back-to-back games and lost 5-2 on Wednesday night in Phoenix.

That's exactly what happened, as Parenteau scored on the game’s first shot. He beat goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from the left circle 51 seconds after the opening faceoff, off a feed from Duchene, for his second goal in the past two games.

Duchene, with his first goal of the season, gave the Avalanche a 2-0 lead at 12:25. Erik Johnson spun around a defender near the right-wing boards and got the puck to Milan Hejduk, whose shot hit teammate Chuck Kobasew in front and bounced into the slot. Duchene pounced on the loose puck and scored into a half-open net.

The Avalanche are without Steve Downie, who suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Tuesday against Los Angeles -- and they temporarily lost Mitchell at 3:38 of the first period. He was struck in the face with a puck after a faceoff and was bleeding profusely as he left the ice. Mitchell returned to the bench at the end of the period.

The Avalanche outshot the Blue Jackets 12-3 in the opening 13 minutes, but Columbus found its skating legs and closed the gap to 14-11 by the end of the period. Varlamov made a huge save with his left pad against R.J. Umberger at 15:30 to keep his team ahead by two goals.

Tempers flared throughout, and the teams combined for 16 penalties totaling 48 minutes through two periods, with a couple of fights and seven roughing minors in the mix.

The Blue Jackets held the Avalanche to six shots in the second period, but Bobrovsky was forced to make a big stop against Kobasew barreling down the slot at the 11-minute mark.

Varlamov held his ground to smother Nick Foligno’s attempt at 15:36 after the Blue Jackets forward skated around Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson. Varlamov stopped 12 shots in the period.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:51COL PA Parenteau (2) ASST: Matt Duchene (2), Jan Hejda (2) 1 - 0 COL
12:25COL Matt Duchene (1) ASST: Chuck Kobasew (1), Milan Hejduk (2) 2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
3rd Period
04:38COL John Mitchell (2) ASST: Milan Hejduk (3), Ryan Wilson (2) 3 - 0 COL
18:42COL Matt Duchene (2) ASST: PA Parenteau (1) 4 - 0 COL
Three Stars of the Game
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 23-23
PIM: 0PP: 9-9
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Matt Duchene
Matt Duchene
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 18:50
Erik Johnson
Erik Johnson
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 22:32
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:20COL Patrick Bordeleau  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
02:20CBJ Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Bordeleau
12:41COL Ryan Wilson  Holding against  Ryan Johansen
13:52CBJ Brandon Dubinsky  Cross checking against  Matt Hunwick
13:52CBJ Brandon Dubinsky  Unsportsmanlike conduct
14:07COL Jan Hejda  Interference on goalkeeper against  Sergei Bobrovsky
19:19COL Jamie McGinn  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Dubinsky
19:19CBJ Brandon Dubinsky  Fighting (maj) against  Jamie McGinn
2nd Period
00:44COL Gabriel Landeskog  Roughing against  Derek Dorsett
00:44CBJ Derek Dorsett  Roughing against  Gabriel Landeskog
06:21CBJ Derek Dorsett  Roughing against  Gabriel Landeskog
08:40COL Mark Olver  Too many men/ice - bench
11:19COL Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Derek Dorsett
11:19COL Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Derek Dorsett
11:19CBJ Derek Dorsett  Roughing against  Cody McLeod
11:19CBJ Nick Foligno  Roughing against  Cody McLeod
15:36COL Gabriel Landeskog  Hooking against  Nick Foligno
18:34COL Jamie McGinn  Holding against  Derek MacKenzie
3rd Period
11:55CBJ Fedor Tyutin  Hooking against  Gabriel Landeskog
13:52COL Ryan Wilson  Holding against  Derek Dorsett
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/60/3
Faceoff Wins3136
Blocked Shots726
Penalty Minutes2428
4J. MooreD00-10012:37
6N. NikitinD00-15021:41
7J. JohnsonD00-22025:48
10M. LetestuC00-10012:58
11M. CalvertL00-31011:46
15D. DorsettR00-10615:48
16D. BrassardC00-11013:55
17B. DubinskyC0001916:44
18R. UmbergerC0003016:19
19R. JohansenC00-23016:43
21J. WisniewskiD00-24024:57
22V. ProspalL00-22018:03
24D. MacKenzieC00-1209:22
33A. AucoinD00-10014:20
40J. BollR000058:32
42A. AnisimovC00-13017:16
51F. TyutinD00-10220:34
71N. FolignoL0006212:37
72S. Bobrovsky2428.85760:00
3R. O'ByrneD0020019:34
4G. ZanonD0000017:25
6E. JohnsonD0020022:32
7J. MitchellC1011011:59
8J. HejdaD0110217:26
9M. DucheneC2134018:50
11J. McGinnL0010716:01
12C. KobasewR0124013:13
15P. ParenteauR1121016:47
22M. HunwickD0011021:24
23M. HejdukR0220011:43
26P. StastnyC0005021:43
40M. OlverC000108:17
44R. WilsonD0124417:59
54D. JonesR0003021:10
55C. McLeodL000149:56
58P. BordeleauL000153:08
92G. LandeskogL0012416:53
1S. Varlamov33331.00060:00