FINAL OT
PHI
2
BOS
3
FINAL
STL
6
TOR
1
FINAL
DAL
4
TBL
5
FINAL SO
NYI
3
FLA
4
FINAL
BUF
1
WSH
6
FINAL
COL
4
CBJ
0
FINAL
WPG
3
NSH
1
FINAL
MTL
2
ARI
0
FINAL OT
PIT
1
LAK
0
FINAL
VAN
3
SJS
2

Varlamov (44 saves), Avalanche shut out Blue Jackets

Craig Merz  - NHL.com Correspondent | Sunday, 03.08.2015 / 1:23 AM

COLUMBUS -- A day after the Colorado Avalanche lost forward Nathan MacKinnon for the regular season with a broken foot, the players responded as they have all season with a resilient effort in defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.

It didn't hurt that the Avalanche put the game away with three first-period goals, or that goaltender Semyon Varlamov made 44 saves for his fifth shutout of the season.

Varlamov, making his 21st straight start, has 18 career shutouts, including three against Columbus.

The Avalanche (29-25-11) have won two straight and three of four.

The Blue Jackets (27-34-4) are the only team which has more man-games lost this season than the Avalanche, and are 1-7-1 in the past nine games.

"At end of the day, they only needed one goal," Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson said. "To get shut out is frustrating. We didn't give ourselves a chance. We didn't give our goaltender a chance. Overall in the first period I thought we outplayed them. We didn't badly at all."

MacKinnon, the 2014 Calder Trophy winner, has 14 goals and 38 points this season. He is one of eight Colorado players who is injured.

"You don't try to replace him," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. "You just hope you're going to find ways to win hockey games.

"So many guys are on the injury list. It is important to believe in what we're doing. It’s the kind of mindset as a coach you want to see."

Colorado took a 2-0 lead on two power-play goals in the opening 3:51 by Jarome Iginla and Gabriel Landeskog. Matt Duchesne later scored on a breakaway to make it 3-0. Alex Tanguay scored in the third period and had an assist on the first goal.

"Coming out of the first period, I thought we were the better team and we're down 3-0," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "We skated. We had good energy. We created some chances.

"It was three plays. Now you're really chasing the game."

Iginla scored 21st goal at 2:05 from a pass from Barrie with the Avalanche on a 5-on-3 power play. The goal was his 1,211th NHL point, breaking a tie with Bobby Clarke for 43rd on the all-time scoring list.

"It was a big goal for us being on the road. It gave us a confidence boost," Iginla said.

Barrie had the secondary assist on the second goal, getting the pass to Ryan O'Reilly before he fed Landeskog at the side of the net. Landeskog wrapped the puck around Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney.

Landeskog, who has 18 goals, has eight of them and five assists in the past 11 games.

"To get two power-play goals that quick, that's exactly how you want to start a game," Iginla said.

The Blue Jackets settled down and were winning the possession game when Columbus left wing Scott Hartnell made a turnover after being pressured by Iginla and Duchene converted for his 17th goal at 9:14.

"I was fortunate to read it and got a breakaway," Duchene said. "I tried a move I tried many times and fortunately it went in."

"[The Blue Jackets] pushed hard after put we got a head start. Obviously 3-0 in the first period it's our game to win. At this time of the year we're going to make sure we don't blow that one."

The Blue Jackets have been shut out in two of the past three home games. The 44 shots were the second-most in their history in a shutout. The record is 54 in a 2-0 loss to Mike Smith and the Arizona Coyotes on April 3, 2012.

"We did have a lot of shots but not a lot of quality chances," said Columbus forward Rene Bourque after his first game with the Blue Jackets following a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

Tanguay made it 4-0 at 9:23 of the third period after taking a long pass from Barrie. Tanguay has 17 goals.

McElhinney started but was pulled prior to the second period after making nine saves on 12 shots. Sergei Bobrovsky made 20 saves.

"Bobrovsky played really well when he came in," Duchene said. "He made some unbelievable saves."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
02:24COL PPG - Jarome Iginla (21) ASST: Tyson Barrie (31), Alex Tanguay (25) 1 - 0 COL
03:51COL PPG - Gabriel Landeskog (18) ASST: Ryan O'Reilly (28), Tyson Barrie (32) 2 - 0 COL
09:53COL Matt Duchene (17) ASST: NONE 3 - 0 COL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
09:23COL Alex Tanguay (17) ASST: Tyson Barrie (33), Nate Guenin (11) 4 - 0 COL
Three Stars of the Game
Semyon Varlamov
1st
SA: 44TOI: 59:51
GA: 0EV: 39-39
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: 1.000SH: 1-1
Tyson Barrie
2nd
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 3Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 17:59
Alex Tanguay
3rd
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:40
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:01CBJ Nick Foligno  Tripping against  Ryan O'Reilly
02:05CBJ Dalton Prout  Delay of game
2nd Period
11:28CBJ Jack Johnson  Elbowing against  John Mitchell
13:18COL Alex Tanguay  Interference on goalkeeper against  Sergei Bobrovsky
3rd Period
01:00COL Gabriel Landeskog  Hooking against  Nick Foligno
12:59CBJ Marko Dano  Tripping against  Matt Duchene
16:37CBJ Jared Boll  Roughing against  Dennis Everberg
16:37CBJ Jared Boll  Slashing against  Dennis Everberg
shots by period
PeriodCOLCBJ
1st1215
2nd917
3rd1212
Total3344
Team Stats
CategoryCOLCBJ
Power Plays2/60/2
Hits1830
Faceoff Wins3930
Giveaways26
Takeaways32
Blocked Shots145
Penalty Minutes412
  • COLORADO
  • COLUMBUS
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4T. BarrieD0310017:59
5N. GueninD0110017:27
7J. MitchellC0014018:33
8J. HejdaD0011021:11
9M. DucheneC1016016:40
12J. IginlaR1013017:28
13F. HamiltonC000009:18
17B. StuartD0011017:35
22Z. RedmondD0002020:14
24M. ClicheC0001012:26
27J. CaronR0012010:02
40A. TanguayL1114218:40
45D. EverbergR0011013:54
48D. BriereC0001010:50
55C. McLeodL0001018:00
90R. O'ReillyC0101018:38
92G. LandeskogL1003216:56
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1S. Varlamov44441.00059:51
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
7J. JohnsonD00-14222:32
13C. AtkinsonR0005017:06
17B. DubinskyC00-14018:37
19R. JohansenC00-13019:55
26C. TroppR000006:51
29C. GoloubefD00-10015:40
32R. BourqueR00-14014:21
40J. BollR000247:25
41A. WennbergC00-12014:27
42A. AnisimovC0002018:00
43S. HartnellL00-10013:00
44J. FalkD00-12015:04
47D. ProutD0003220:01
51F. TyutinD0002022:01
55M. LetestuC0001013:36
56M. DanoC00-14211:36
58D. SavardD00-11022:43
71N. FolignoL0005216:33
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30C. McElhinney912.75020:00
72S. Bobrovsky2021.95240:00