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.
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."