In only the third game of the shortened NHL season, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov earned his first shut-out of the year. Varlamov was not the only Av’s player to shine, as Matt Duchene scored two goals and one assist against the Columbus Blue Jackets. (via Avalanche.com)
The final score was 4-0 on Thursday, Jan. 24, and was the Avalanche’s second consecutive win at the Pepsi Center.
PA Parenteau and Duchene scored first-period goals while John Mitchell, who missed most of the first period after being struck in the face with the puck, scored his second goal of the season at 4:38 of the third period, shortly after Varlamov robbed Blue Jackets’ forward Ryan Johansen's one timer opportunity.
Duchene put the game away after scoring his highlight reel second goal with 1:18 remaining in regulation.
The Avalanche defeated Columbus without forward Steve Downie, who suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Tuesday against Los Angeles - and were also without forward Ryan O’reilly, who has recently been let go by Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia.
Tempers flared throughout the contest, as both teams combined for 18 penalties, 52 penalty minutes, and two different fighting majors.
The Avalanche's next game will be against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 pm. Mountain Time. The game can be viewed on NHLN-US and Altitude.
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