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Postgame Wrap-Up: Varlamov Earns 200th NHL Win in L.A.

The netminder made 33 saves in the victory

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

On a night when the Colorado Avalanche erupted offensively, its goaltender was once again solid in the crease and secured his 200th NHL win.

Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves in Colorado's 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday at Staples Center, reaching a milestone that only four of his other countrymen have accomplished.

"I felt pretty good today, gave up a goal in the first and I just had to stay focused after that, which I think I did a pretty good job," he said of the game. "I think we just played pretty well today and scored some goals. It was fun to watch how the team played overall."

The Samara, Russia, native is the fifth Russian netminder in NHL history to reach the 200-win milestone. The only others ahead are Evgeni Nabokov (353), Nikolai Khabibulin (333), Sergei Bobrovsky (225) and Ilya Bryzgalov (221).

He owns a 200-155-43 record in his NHL career. He also has a 170-142-31 mark and 19 shutouts with the Avalanche and ranks second in franchise history in nearly every category.

Colorado's seven goals in the win is a season high and the fifth time this season it has scored six or more tallies. All seven of the Avs' markers were scored by a different player, including three defensemen, taking some pressure off Varlamov between the pipes.

"It brings a lot of confidence when you score so many goals and you just dominated pretty much the whole game," said Varlamov. "Of course, it gives you a lot of confidence as a goalie."

So far this season, his eighth campaign with Colorado, Varlamov is 7-5-2 through 14 games.

Varlamov began the year 4-0-2 in his first six starts, his longest streak without a regulation loss to begin a campaign and the longest to start a season by an Avalanche goaltender since Jean Sebastien Giguere started 7-0-0 in 2013-14.

The 30-year-old goaltender played in his 400th career NHL game on opening night and stopped 20-of-21 shots in the 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.

KERFOOT'S 100th GAME: Alexander Kerfoot had three assists in the victory, which was his 100th career NHL game. It is the second three-point outing of his career, last accomplished on Oct. 19, 2017 versus the St. Louis Blues.

Kerfoot has tallied 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in the month of November and has 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 21 games this season.

Through his 100 games in the league, the Vancouver, British Columbia, native has registered 60 points (23 goals, 37 assists).

The 24-year-old was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft and signed a two-year, entry-level deal with Colorado as a free agent on Aug. 24, 2017.

BARRIE MOVING ON UP: Tyson Barrie scored the 63rd goal of his career in the final period, passing Rob Blake for sole possession of third place in the all-time goals by an Avalanche/Nordiques defensemen.

He also had an assist on Matt Calvert's goal in the third to pass Adam Foote and move into second place on the franchise's all-time list of assists by a rear guard.

Video: COL@LAK: Barrie slams home rebound, extends lead

Barrie now has at least a point in each of his last six games (two goals, six assists) and is on a six game-assist streak, the longest of his career. He is tied for fourth among league blueliners with 17 assists and is sixth among NHL defensemen with 19 points this season.

POWERFUL AVS: The Avalanche went 3-for-4 on the power play in the contest and is now 9-for-13 (69.2 percent) with the man advantage in its last five games.

Colorado has the league's top-ranked power-play unit in November, having gone 12-for-24 (50 percent) in the 11th month of the year. Overall this season, the Avs are 23-for-70 (32.9 percent) with the extra skater, also ranked first in the NHL.

Video: COL@LAK: Kamenev taps in Soderberg's pass for PPG

"There is no reason why we shouldn't feel confident at this point," Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog said of his club's man-advantage units. "We have two good power-play units that we both know can contribute. At this point in the season, you have gone long enough that you know what sort of plays you want to run and at what point and what you are looking for."

Vladislav Kamenev, Nathan MacKinnon and Colin Wilson each scored on the power play for the Avs. Kamenev also added an assist on Nikita Zadorov's goal in the third period to record the first multi-point game of his career.

MORE NOTES: The Avalanche is now 4-0-1 over its last five games.

Mikko Rantanen (two assists) and Nathan MacKinnon (one goal, one assist) remain the top two scorers in the league. Rantanen is tops in the league with 34 points (eight goals, 26 assists) while MacKinnon's 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) is tied with Edmonton's Connor McDavid for second place.

Carl Soderberg has seven points (two goals, five assists) over his last six games.

Patrik Nemeth tallied his fourth career NHL goal, all of which have come since being claimed by Colorado off waivers on Oct. 3, 2017.

Tyson Jost recorded his first multi-point game of the season, the fourth of his career.

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