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Matt Duchene, Semyon Varlamov Lead Charge Against Columbus Blue Jackets

January 25th, 2013 at 12:01 PM
By Jake Green

It took all of 51 seconds Thursday for Colorado to pounce on a tired Columbus team, who played Wednesday night, on their way to a 4-0 shutout win. 

Matt Duchene and Semyon Varlamov proved to be the difference makers in victory.

Duchene scored twice and assisted on the first goal of the game, while Varly stopped all 23 Blue Jacket shots. He also came up huge shorthanded, stopping all nine shots.

Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau continued his hot start, scoring the opening goal on Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.  Duchene and Jan Hejda drew the assists.

Later in the first, Duchene made it 2-0 on wrist shot from Chuck Kobasew and Milan Hejduk.

After a scoreless second period, John Mitchell scored five hole on Bobrovsky to make it 3-0. Mitchell was hit in the face with the puck on a Adrian Aucoin shot. He came back at the start of the second sporting a visor and several bandages.

Duchene scored his second goal with 1:18 to go in the third period. He took a pass from Parenteau at center ice, split the Columbus defense and shot the puck past Bobrovsky.

The Avalanche head to San Jose Saturday for day game against the unbeaten Sharks.

Tags: Colorado, Colorado Avalanche, Hockey, Matt Duchene, Milan Hejduk, NHL, Semyon Varlamov

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