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Avalanche blank Blue Jackets 4-0

Thursday, 01.24.2013 / 10:26 PM

Rick Sadowski | NHL.com

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Avalanche blank Blue Jackets 4-0
Columbus Blue Jackets 0, Colorado Avalanche 4
Three Stars of the Game
Semyon Varlamov
1st
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 23-23
PIM: 0PP: 9-9
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Matt Duchene
2nd
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 3TOI: 18:50
Erik Johnson
3rd
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 22:32

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
00:51
COL
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (2) ASST: Matt Duchene (2), Jan Hejda (2)
1 - 0 COL
12:25
COL
Matt Duchene (1) ASST: Chuck Kobasew (1), Milan Hejduk (2)
2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:38
COL
John Mitchell (2) ASST: Milan Hejduk (3), Ryan Wilson (2)
3 - 0 COL
18:42
COL
Matt Duchene (2) ASST: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (1)
4 - 0 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:20
COL
Patrick Bordeleau  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
02:20
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Bordeleau
12:41
COL
Ryan Wilson  Holding against  Ryan Johansen
13:52
CBJ
Brandon Dubinsky  Cross checking against  Matt Hunwick
13:52
CBJ
Brandon Dubinsky  Unsportsmanlike conduct
14:07
COL
Jan Hejda  Interference on goalkeeper against  Sergei Bobrovsky
19:19
COL
Jamie McGinn  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Dubinsky
19:19
CBJ
Brandon Dubinsky  Fighting (maj) against  Jamie McGinn
2nd Period
00:44
COL
Gabriel Landeskog  Roughing against  Derek Dorsett
00:44
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Roughing against  Gabriel Landeskog
06:21
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Roughing against  Gabriel Landeskog
08:40
COL
Mark Olver  Too many men/ice - bench
11:19
COL
Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Derek Dorsett
11:19
COL
Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Derek Dorsett
11:19
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Roughing against  Cody McLeod
11:19
CBJ
Nick Foligno  Roughing against  Cody McLeod
15:36
COL
Gabriel Landeskog  Hooking against  Nick Foligno
18:34
COL
Jamie McGinn  Holding against  Derek MacKenzie
3rd Period
11:55
CBJ
Fedor Tyutin  Hooking against  Gabriel Landeskog
13:52
COL
Ryan Wilson  Holding against  Derek Dorsett
goalie stats
Sergei Bobrovsky
Sergei Bobrovsky
1-1-1
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .857SH: 1 - 1
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
Saves: 33EV: 23 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
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