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Avalanche Powers Past the Blue Jackets

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 9:39 PM
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Avalanche Powers Past the Blue Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Colorado Avalanche 5
Three Stars of the Game
Matt Duchene
1st
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:44
Nick Foligno
2nd
Nick Foligno
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 6
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:16
Semyon Varlamov
3rd
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
GA: 3EV: 30-33
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .921SH: 1-1

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
04:13
CBJ
Ryan Johansen (16) ASST: Nick Foligno (12), R.J. Umberger (11)
1 - 0 CBJ
06:33
COL
Jan Hejda (4) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
08:34
CBJ
Boone Jenner (5) ASST: Blake Comeau (7), Jack Johnson (9)
2 - 1 CBJ
12:04
COL
Jamie McGinn (7) ASST: Matt Duchene (19), Ryan O'Reilly (14)
2 - 2 Tie
14:42
COL
PPG - Ryan O'Reilly (13) ASST: Matt Duchene (20), Erik Johnson (11)
3 - 2 COL
3rd Period
08:10
COL
PPG - Gabriel Landeskog (12) ASST: Paul Stastny (14), Nathan MacKinnon (14)
4 - 2 COL
08:47
CBJ
Nick Foligno (11) ASST: R.J. Umberger (12), Ryan Johansen (16)
4 - 3 COL
18:57
COL
PPG - Nathan MacKinnon (10) ASST: Andre Benoit (11), Tyson Barrie (6)
5 - 3 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
11:57
COL
Ryan Wilson  Holding against  Jack Skille
2nd Period
03:58
COL
Maxime Talbot  Hooking against  Ryan Johansen
13:26
CBJ
Jack Johnson  Elbowing against  Brad Malone
3rd Period
06:46
CBJ
Derek MacKenzie  Hooking against  Paul Stastny
11:24
COL
Ryan Wilson  Hooking against  Brandon Dubinsky
18:30
CBJ
Nick Foligno  Tripping against  Paul Stastny
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
Curtis McElhinney
6-7-1
SA: 23TOI: 59:27
Saves: 18EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 3
SV%: .783SH: 1 - 1
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 30 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .921SH: 1 - 1
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