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Avalanche Powers Past the Blue Jackets

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche ended a four-game losing streak Tuesday with a 5-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche were 0-1-3 in their previous four games.

Nathan MacKinnon secured the win with a power-play goal, Colorado's third of the game, by redirecting Andre Benoit's pass into the net with 1:03 remaining.

Gabriel Landeskog finished a tic-tac-toe passing play with Paul Stastny and MacKinnon for a power-play goal at 8:10 of the third period to make it 4-2, but the Blue Jackets closed within a goal 37 seconds later.

Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made a save against RJ Umberger and thought he had the puck covered, but Nick Foligno dug it out, circled behind the net and poked it inside the opposite post at 8:47.

Colorado's newly constructed line of Jamie McGinn, Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly combined for two goals and three assists in a 2:38 span of the second period when it took a 3-2 lead.

McGinn, with his second goal in the past 11 games, tied the game at 12:04. Duchene took a shot from between the faceoff circles and McGinn backhanded the rebound past goalie Curtis McElhinney.

The Avalanche went on a power play shortly after when Johnson elbowed Brad Malone. O'Reilly converted at 14:42 by moving to the front of the net and banking the puck off McElhinney after taking a pass from Duchene.

The Blue Jackets had controlled play in the Avalanche end for a long stretch and went ahead 2-1 at 8:34 of the second on a goal from Boone Jenner, who put in a rebound off a shot from Jack Johnson.

The Blue Jackets outshot the Avalanche 14-5 in the period and 26-13 through two.

Columbus' Ryan Johansen scored his team-leading 16th goal 4:13 into the game after Foligno skated untouched from the right corner to the front of the net for a shot. Varlamov made the save, but Johansen followed and knocked in the rebound.

The Avalanche tied the game on a goal by defenseman Jan Hejda after a Blue Jackets turnover. Hejda took a shot from the left point with McGinn in front and the puck slid by a screened McElhinney at 6:33. It was Hejda's first goal in 11 games.

Columbus failed to capitalize on a power play in each period. The Blue Jackets have gone 16 power plays in a row without a goal and are 1-for-24 in a seven-game stretch.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:13CBJ Ryan Johansen (16) ASST: Nick Foligno (12), R.J. Umberger (11) 1 - 0 CBJ
06:33COL Jan Hejda (4) ASST: NONE 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
08:34CBJ Boone Jenner (5) ASST: Blake Comeau (7), Jack Johnson (9) 2 - 1 CBJ
12:04COL Jamie McGinn (7) ASST: Matt Duchene (19), Ryan O'Reilly (14) 2 - 2 Tie
14:42COL PPG - Ryan O'Reilly (13) ASST: Matt Duchene (20), Erik Johnson (11) 3 - 2 COL
3rd Period
08:10COL PPG - Gabriel Landeskog (12) ASST: Paul Stastny (14), Nathan MacKinnon (14) 4 - 2 COL
08:47CBJ Nick Foligno (11) ASST: R.J. Umberger (12), Ryan Johansen (16) 4 - 3 COL
18:57COL PPG - Nathan MacKinnon (10) ASST: Andre Benoit (11), Tyson Barrie (6) 5 - 3 COL
Three Stars of the Game
Matt Duchene
Matt Duchene
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:44
Nick Foligno
Nick Foligno
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 6
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:16
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
GA: 3EV: 30-33
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .921SH: 1-1
Penalty Summary
1st Period
11:57COL Ryan Wilson  Holding against  Jack Skille
2nd Period
03:58COL Max Talbot  Hooking against  Ryan Johansen
13:26CBJ Jack Johnson  Elbowing against  Brad Malone
3rd Period
06:46CBJ Derek MacKenzie  Hooking against  Paul Stastny
11:24COL Ryan Wilson  Hooking against  Brandon Dubinsky
18:30CBJ Nick Foligno  Tripping against  Paul Stastny
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/33/3
Faceoff Wins3031
Blocked Shots1211
Penalty Minutes66
5J. SkilleR000104:25
6N. NikitinD0011014:36
7J. JohnsonD0101223:03
13C. AtkinsonR0002016:58
14B. ComeauL0103013:57
17B. DubinskyC0001020:09
18R. UmbergerC0204015:34
19R. JohansenC1111016:12
21J. WisniewskiD0006021:28
24D. MacKenzieC0010211:58
26C. TroppR0002012:25
27R. MurrayD0001021:16
38B. JennerC1012015:51
42A. AnisimovC0003017:25
51F. TyutinD0003023:23
55M. LetestuC00-13014:16
58D. SavardD0010016:14
71N. FolignoL1114218:16
31C. McElhinney1823.78359:27
4T. BarrieD0100016:35
6E. JohnsonD01-21023:08
7J. MitchellC0000017:53
8J. HejdaD10-11023:47
9M. DucheneC0215015:44
11J. McGinnL1012016:16
16C. SarichD0010019:21
24M. ClicheC00-10010:38
25M. TalbotC00-11215:34
26P. StastnyC01-11017:22
29N. MacKinnonC11-13016:23
42B. MaloneC00-1006:01
44R. WilsonD0002416:40
55C. McLeodL0001014:04
58P. BordeleauL00-1105:50
61A. BenoitD0102020:55
90R. O'ReillyC1122019:05
92G. LandeskogL10-11018:44
1S. Varlamov3538.92160:00