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Avalanche 6, Devils 1

Wednesday, 11.30.2011 / 10:02 PM

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Avalanche 6, Devils 1
New Jersey Devils 1, Colorado Avalanche 6
Three Stars of the Game
Milan Hejduk
1st
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:56
Ryan O'Reilly
2nd
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 15:57
Jan Hejda
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 23:18

DENVER (AP) - Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and two assists, Semyon Varlamov made 18 saves, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 6-1 on Wednesday night.

Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist, and T.J. Galiardi, Jay McClement, Stefan Elliott and Jan Hejda also scored for the Avalanche. Kyle Quincey had two assists.

Ilya Kovalchuk scored New Jersey's only goal, and Martin Brodeur made 19 saves in the loss.

The Avalanche scored three times on their first five shots. Hejduk got the Avalanche started when he beat Brodeur with a snap shot just 7:37 in for his eighth goal of the season.

Galiardi made it 2-0 when he capitalized on a turnover behind the net. He picked up the loose puck and beat Brodeur with a wrister with 5:46 left in the first for his second of the season.

Hejda used a screen from Paul Stastny to net his third with 3:58 left in the first to give the Avalanche a 3-0 lead.

The Devils got one back when Kovalchuk jammed a puck between Varlamov and the post midway through the second period.

O'Reilly restored Colorado's three-goal lead when he chipped a puck over Brodeur 2:47 into the third for his third goal.

McClement iced the game with a shorthanded goal when he one-timed a centering pass from Quincey midway through the third.

Elliott closed the scoring when he netted his second goal of the season late in the third to make it 6-1.

Brodeur entered with a 16-7-4 mark against Colorado with a 2.22 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. Those numbers took a hit with his worst game of the season.

NOTES: The Avalanche are 6-1 against the Eastern Conference and 5-12-1 against the West.  Colorado has killed 14 power-play chances over the last four games. The Avalanche improved to 3-3 on their eight-game homestand. ...New Jersey has allowed just one power-play goal in 14 games. 

scoring summary
1st Period
07:37
COL
Milan Hejduk (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan O'Reilly (13), Gabriel Landeskog (6)
1 - 0 COL
14:14
COL
TJ Galiardi (2) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
2 - 0 COL
16:02
COL
Jan Hejda (3) Slapshot - ASST: Matt Duchene (9), Ryan Wilson (12)
3 - 0 COL
2nd Period
11:03
NJD
Ilya Kovalchuk (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Adam Henrique (10), Zach Parise (7)
3 - 1 COL
3rd Period
02:47
COL
Ryan O'Reilly (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (9)
4 - 1 COL
10:32
COL
SHG - Jay McClement (4) Slapshot - ASST: Kyle Quincey (12), Daniel Winnik (5)
5 - 1 COL
17:17
COL
Stefan Elliott (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Quincey (13), Ryan O'Reilly (14)
6 - 1 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
14:37
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Fighting (maj) against  David Clarkson
14:37
NJD
David Clarkson  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan O'Byrne
14:37
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Unsportsmanlike conduct
15:29
NJD
Petr Sykora  Interference against  Ryan Wilson
2nd Period
19:17
COL
Kyle Quincey  Slashing against  Ilya Kovalchuk
3rd Period
09:12
COL
Shane O'Brien  Tripping against  Zach Parise
15:22
COL
Ryan O'Byrne  Holding against  Cam Janssen
17:12
NJD
Ilya Kovalchuk  Hi-sticking against  Chuck Kobasew
19:34
NJD
Mark Fayne  Tripping against  Daniel Winnik
19:34
NJD
Cam Janssen  Misconduct (10 min)
goalie stats
Martin Brodeur
Martin Brodeur
5-6-0
SA: 25TOI: 59:56
Saves: 19EV: 18 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .760SH: 0 - 1
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 19TOI: 60:00
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .947SH: 1 - 1
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