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MacKinnon, Varlamov help Avalanche defeat Wild

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Nathan MacKinnon scored two power-play goals in the third period, and Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves to help the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-1 win against the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center.

J.T. Compher and Rocci Grimaldi scored 1:22 apart in the second period, and Mikko Rantanen scored in the third.

Marcus Foligno scored a power-play goal for Minnesota at 19:21 of the first period. Niklas Svedberg stopped all 17 shots he faced through 31:25. Steve Michalek allowed five goals on 22 shots.

Compher tied the game at 14:07 of the second period. Grimaldi gave Colorado a 2-1 lead at 15:29.

Rantanen (6:25) and MacKinnon (12:05, 16:18) helped the Avalanche pull away in the third period.

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