Varlamov continues mastery of Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Jarome Iginla, Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene scored in the first 10 minutes, and Semyon Varlamov made 44 saves to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-0 victory over Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
The shutout was Varlamov's fifth of the season and the 18th of his NHL career. Three have come against the Blue Jackets.
Alex Tanguay had a goal and an assist, and Tyson Barrie had three assists for the Avalanche, who played their first game without last season's Rookie of the Year, Nathan MacKinnon. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft broke a bone in his foot blocking a shot and is unlikely to play again this season.
The Blue Jackets ended a seven-game losing streak Friday with a 3-2 victory at New Jersey. They fell to 12-19-2 at home, worse than all but two other NHL teams. Curtis McElhinney gave up three goals on 12 shots in the opening period before being pulled for Sergei Bobrovsky.
• MARCHARD SPARKS BOSTON: Brad Marchand scored the tying goal and the game-winner in host Boston's 3-2 overtime victory over Philadelphia, helping the Bruins in their fight for the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff berth. Marchand sent it to overtime with 14.1 seconds left in regulation by tipping a shot past Steve Mason for a power-play goal.
• FLORIDA MAINTAINS PURSUIT: Jonathan Huberdeau scored the deciding shootout goal to lift host Florida over the Islanders 4-3. He also scored in regulation, and Nick Bjugstad and Erik Gudbranson added goals for the Panthers, who stayed two points behind Boston for the second wild card in the East.
• WHEELER LIFTS JETS: Blake Wheeler scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period, and Winnipeg beat host Nashville 3-1 to hand the slumping Predators their sixth loss in a row. Michael Frolik and Drew Stafford also scored for the Jets, who have won two of three.
• AT LAST: Carey Price made 29 saves for his seventh shutout, and Montreal ended a West Coast road trip by beating host Arizona 2-0. Montreal scored six goals during its four-game trip, losing the first three games.
• A BLUES BLOWOUT: Six St. Louis players scored in a 6-1 rout at Toronto. The Blues moved within two points of Central Division-leading Nashville.