Duchene leads Avalanche over Blue Jackets 4-0

Duchene leads Avalanche over Blue Jackets 4-0
January 25, 2013, 12:05 am
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Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) celebrates a goal with teammates on the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)


DENVER (AP) Matt Duchene scored two goals and set up another, Semyon Varlamov made 33 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Thursday night.

Varlamov preserved his ninth career shutout and first of the season when he used his chest to block a shot from in close by Ryan Johansen early in the third period. Varlamov also got an assist from the Avalanche's penalty-killing unit, which shut down all six power plays by the Blue Jackets.

Since allowing two power-play goals in a season-opening loss at Minnesota last Saturday, the Avalanche have killed 16 consecutive power-play opportunities by the opposition.