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Blue Jackets Notch First Regulation Win Over Avs

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche

DENVER (AP) - Fredrik Norrena got his second straight shutout and the Columbus Blue Jackets won in Denver for the first time in franchise history, a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Norrena finished with 42 saves, including 21 in a barrage in the second period. Norrena stopped 21 shots in a 4-0 win over Edmonton on Saturday night.

Fredrik Modin scored his seventh goal of the season with 4.3 seconds left in the second period.

Jason Chimera and Anson Carter staked Columbus to an early lead with goals within 2:38 of each other in the first period.

The Blue Jackets entered the game with a 1-19-1-1 all-time mark against the Avalanche, their lone win being a 5-4 overtime victory in Columbus on Feb. 28, 2004. They had never won at the Pepsi Center (0-9-0-1).

Peter Budaj stopped 18 shots. He posted a shutout the last time he faced Columbus on Nov. 17, stopping 25 shots in a 3-0 win.

Budaj was stepping in for Jose Theodore, who sat out with a hip flexor injury.

Columbus has now killed 21 straight power plays over the last five games. The Blue Jackets killed four on Tuesday night.

Modin's goal came on a pass from Manny Malhotra, who was on his knees and falling toward the ice when he sent the puck across the goal crease to Modin.

Chimera scored his fourth of the season when he tipped a shot by Budaj, and Carter added his fifth of the season after picking up a loose puck near the goal and directing it in.

The game was Colorado's 1,000th since moving to Denver in 1995-96. The Avalanche debut in Denver was a 3-2 win over Detroit on Oct. 6, 1995.

Notes: Jose Theodore needs one more victory for 150 in his career. ... Karlis Skrastins played in his 460th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the NHL and the second longest streak in history by a defenseman. ... D Adam Foote faced his former team for the seventh time. He spent 13 seasons with Quebec/Colorado. ... D Jordan Leopold played his second game since coming off the injured-reserve list on Friday following an offseason hernia surgery.

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