Colorado 5, Columbus 3

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Columbus 17-19-3-1 9-9-1-1 8-10-2-0 L2
Colorado 24-11-1-3 13-5-1-1 11-6-0-2 W1


Avalanche 5, Blue Jackets 3: Ryan O’Reilly and top overall pick Nathan MacKinnon each recorded a goal and an assist as host Colorado won for the first time in five games.

The Avalanche entered the contest with just seven power-play goals on 48 home opportunities before O’Reilly, MacKinnon and captain Gabriel Landeskog scored with the man advantage. Jamie McGinn and defenseman Jan Hejda also tallied and Semyon Varlamov made 35 saves for his first victory in four starts.

Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno had a goal and an assist apiece for Columbus, which fell to 1-3-1 against Central Division opponents. Boone Jenner also tallied and Curtis McElhinney stopped 18 shots.

O’Reilly lifted a wrist shot over McElhinney from the side of the net during a power play with 5:18 remaining in the second period to give Colorado a 3-2 edge. Landeskog finished a great passing play while with the man advantage 8:10 into the third and MacKinnon tipped home a hard pass with 1:03 remaining.

Johansen and Hejda traded first-period goals and Jenner batted a rebound out of the air while in front of Varlamov 8:34 into the second to put the Blue Jackets up 2-1. McGinn backhanded a rebound between McElhinney’s pads 3 1/2 minutes later to forge a tie.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Varlamov has not lost in regulation in his last eight starts. His previous three starts were overtime or shootout losses. … Avalanche C Matt Duchene added two assists for 16 points in 14 games in December, ,,, Landeskog is on a four-game point streak. … Colorado improved to 5-1-0 against Metropolitan Division foes.

Top Game Performances

Columbus   Colorado
Nick Foligno 2 Points Nathan MacKinnon 2
Nick Foligno 1 Goals Nathan MacKinnon 1
R.J. Umberger 2 Assists Matt Duchene 2
N/A Power Play Goals Nathan MacKinnon 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Curtis McElhinney .783 Save Percentage Semyon Varlamov .921
Curtis McElhinney 18 Saves Semyon Varlamov 35

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 38 3 0-3 0-3 6 30
Colorado 23 5 3-3 3-3 6 31

Upcoming Games

  • Colorado will play its next game at home against Philadelphia. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .625 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play its next game on the road against Arizona. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .412 after a win and .435 after a loss.
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