AVALANCHE 2, WILD 0: Jamie McGinn registered his first career two-goal performance and Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves for his eighth career shutout as Colorado blanked host Minnesota in the opener of a home-and-home series.
Peter Mueller and rookie defenseman Stefan Elliott each recorded two assists for the Avalanche, who climbed within one point of the San Jose Sharks for eighth place in the Western Conference. Colorado hosts Minnesota on Tuesday.
McGinn staked Colorado to an early lead with his first goal in three games since being acquired from San Jose on Monday. Elliott's shot from the right faceoff circle was blocked, but the puck went directly to McGinn, who buried it from the doorstep at 1:42 of the first period.
With Minnesota's Darroll Powe in the penalty box for holding, McGinn made it 2-0 less than seven minutes later. After rookie Matt Hackett stopped Mueller's shot from the top of the left circle, McGinn knocked in the rebound from the low slot.
Varlamov turned aside 11 shots in each of the first two periods and eight in the third for his fourth shutout of the season and second in four games. Each of the four blankings this campaign have come on the road.
Hackett made 34 saves for the Wild, who have been shut out three times during their four-game losing streak.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Varlamov improved to 3-0-0 lifetime against the Wild with three goals allowed on 82 shots. ... Minnesota has lost 12 of 15 overall games and seven of nine at home. ... The Avalanche halted a two-game slide that followed a four-game winning streak. They have won four of their last five on the road. ... Colorado had lost six of seven overall against the Wild and seven of 10 in Minnesota.