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Avalanche hold off Blue Jackets, end losing streak

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 10:47 PM

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

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Avalanche hold off Blue Jackets, end losing streak
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Colorado Avalanche 5
Three Stars of the Game
Matt Duchene
Matt Duchene
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:44
Nick Foligno
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 6
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:16
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
GA: 3EV: 30-33
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .921SH: 1-1

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche ended a four-game losing streak Tuesday with a 5-3 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche were 0-1-3 in their previous four games.

Nathan MacKinnon secured the win with a power-play goal, Colorado's third of the game, by redirecting Andre Benoit's pass into the net with 1:03 remaining.

Gabriel Landeskog finished a tic-tac-toe passing play with Paul Stastny and MacKinnon for a power-play goal at 8:10 of the third period to make it 4-2, but the Blue Jackets closed within a goal 37 seconds later.

Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov made a save against RJ Umberger and thought he had the puck covered, but Nick Foligno dug it out, circled behind the net and poked it inside the opposite post at 8:47.

Colorado's newly constructed line of Jamie McGinn, Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly combined for two goals and three assists in a 2:38 span of the second period when it took a 3-2 lead.

McGinn, with his second goal in the past 11 games, tied the game at 12:04. Duchene took a shot from between the faceoff circles and McGinn backhanded the rebound past goalie Curtis McElhinney.

The Avalanche went on a power play shortly after when Johnson elbowed Brad Malone. O'Reilly converted at 14:42 by moving to the front of the net and banking the puck off McElhinney after taking a pass from Duchene.

The Blue Jackets had controlled play in the Avalanche end for a long stretch and went ahead 2-1 at 8:34 of the second on a goal from Boone Jenner, who put in a rebound off a shot from Jack Johnson.

The Blue Jackets outshot the Avalanche 14-5 in the period and 26-13 through two.

Columbus' Ryan Johansen scored his team-leading 16th goal 4:13 into the game after Foligno skated untouched from the right corner to the front of the net for a shot. Varlamov made the save, but Johansen followed and knocked in the rebound.

The Avalanche tied the game on a goal by defenseman Jan Hejda after a Blue Jackets turnover. Hejda took a shot from the left point with McGinn in front and the puck slid by a screened McElhinney at 6:33. It was Hejda's first goal in 11 games.

Columbus failed to capitalize on a power play in each period. The Blue Jackets have gone 16 power plays in a row without a goal and are 1-for-24 in a seven-game stretch.

scoring summary
1st Period
Ryan Johansen (16) ASST: Nick Foligno (12), R.J. Umberger (11)
1 - 0 CBJ
Jan Hejda (4) ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Boone Jenner (5) ASST: Blake Comeau (7), Jack Johnson (9)
2 - 1 CBJ
Jamie McGinn (7) ASST: Matt Duchene (19), Ryan O'Reilly (14)
2 - 2 Tie
PPG - Ryan O'Reilly (13) ASST: Matt Duchene (20), Erik Johnson (11)
3 - 2 COL
3rd Period
PPG - Gabriel Landeskog (12) ASST: Paul Stastny (14), Nathan MacKinnon (14)
4 - 2 COL
Nick Foligno (11) ASST: R.J. Umberger (12), Ryan Johansen (16)
4 - 3 COL
PPG - Nathan MacKinnon (10) ASST: Andre Benoit (11), Tyson Barrie (6)
5 - 3 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
Ryan Wilson  Holding against  Jack Skille
2nd Period
Max Talbot  Hooking against  Ryan Johansen
Jack Johnson  Elbowing against  Brad Malone
3rd Period
Derek MacKenzie  Hooking against  Paul Stastny
Ryan Wilson  Hooking against  Brandon Dubinsky
Nick Foligno  Tripping against  Paul Stastny
goalie stats
Curtis McElhinney
SA: 23TOI: 59:27
Saves: 18EV: 17 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 3
SV%: .783SH: 1 - 1
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 38TOI: 60:00
Saves: 35EV: 30 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .921SH: 1 - 1
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