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O'Reilly, Varlamov lead Avs past Devils in shootout

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DENVER -- Semyon Varlamov preferred his play do his talking, and it spoke volumes for the Colorado Avalanche.

Varlamov made 33 saves and Ryan O'Reilly had a goal and scored in the shootout as the Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night.

Matt Duchene also scored in the shootout for the Avalanche, who have won three straight -- with the past two thanks in large part to the play of their reticent goaltender.

"I hate talking about myself. Ask Patrick," Varlamov said, deferring to coach Patrick Roy.

Colorado didn't need much offense with Varlamov in net. After stopping 46 shots in a 3-2 overtime victory in Chicago on Tuesday, Varlamov had another strong game against the Devils. He made five saves on a power play early in the third and then made another on Patrik Elias' point-blank shot from the slot with about 13 minutes left.

The Avalanche nearly took a 2-0 lead on Duchene's wrister moments later, but Schneider made the save.

Varlamov had five saves in overtime and then stoned Elias and Adam Henrique in the shootout.

"I got a guy lying on his stomach and I couldn't finish it," Elias said.

Roy had no problem praising his goalie.

"I like the effort we had from our goalie. He made some great saves," Roy said. "We put a lot on our goalie and our goalie has been phenomenal."

Cory Schneider stopped 37 shots and Andrei Loktionov scored for the Devils, who saw their two-game winning streak stopped.

The Devils are 0-8 in shootouts this season, with Schneider losing half of those. New Jersey has lost 12 consecutive shootouts dating to last season.

Schneider couldn't end the drought after keeping his team in the game for the first two periods.

"I don't know what it is right now, I'm not coming up with the saves in the shootout," he said after his fourth shootout loss of the season. "When you're not getting wins from it and you're leaving points on the table, it matters."

The Avalanche played without center Paul Stastny (leg) and defenseman Cory Sarich (back) for the second successive game. Roy chose to dress only 11 forwards and go with seven defensemen against the Devils.

O'Reilly, double-shifting on the fourth line, opened the scoring at 8:55 of the first. He took a pass from behind the net from Patrick Bordeleau and beat Schneider with a high snap shot from the slot. It was his team-leading 18th of the season.

"We ran a cycle play after Malone kept the puck in," O'Reilly said. "Malone did that and Bordy saw me alone out front and I got the shot off quick."

Colorado held a 13-2 shot advantage in the second period and controlled play for most of the first 40 minutes. Things changed in the third when New Jersey found its legs and put 18 shots on Varlamov.

"The way we played in the third, it seemed like they couldn't play with us," Elias said. "It was like two different games."

The Devils tied it at 1 when Loktionov beat Varlamov with a slap shot from the right circle at 8:59.

Colorado had two good chances late in the third, but Schneider made a save on John Mitchell and Nathan MacKinnon shot wide of the net.

New Jersey's Steve Bernier nearly scored right after that when his shot skipped through the crease.

Notes

Duchene celebrated his 23rd birthday Thursday. ... The Devils activated Elias and C Jacob Josefson from IR and assigned F Mike Sislo to Albany of the AHL ... Colorado sent G Sami Aittokallio to Lake Erie of the AHL. Aittokallio served as Varlamov's backup while Jean-Sebastien Giguere dealt with back spasms.

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Patrik Elias moves in on Semyon Varlamov during the shootout, but the Colorado goalie gets the better of this matchup.  (USATSI)
Patrik Elias moves in on Semyon Varlamov during the shootout, but the Colorado goalie gets the better of this matchup. (USATSI)

Scoreboard
New Jersey (20-18-11)00100 (0)1
Colorado  (30-12-5) «10001 (2)2
Three Stars
S. Varlamov
COL


Saves: 33
Save Pct.: .971
R. O'Reilly
COL


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
C. Schneider
NJ


Saves: 37
Save Pct.: .974
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
08:55 - Ryan O'Reilly (18), Tip-In. Assist: Bordeleau, Malone
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
08:59 - Reid Boucher (2), Tip-In. Assist: Loktionov, Merrill
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
  - Matt Duchene (3), GOAL
  - Ryan O'Reilly (2), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
12:20Elias, 2 min, Tripping
2ND PERIOD
10:03Cliche, 2 min, Tripping
11:27Gelinas, 2 min, Tripping
14:42Loktionov, 2 min, Slashing
3RD PERIOD
02:51Wilson, 2 min, Cross Check
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
NJ921930
COL10131033
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Cory Schneider 65:00371
Semyon Varlamov 64:48331
Game Information
Attendance - 14090
Referees - Frederick L'Ecuyer, Dan O'Halloran
Linesmen - Brad Lazarowich, Brian Mach
 
Other Games
Nash 4 Final
Phi 3
Det 0 Final
NYR 1
SJ 3 Final
Fla 0
Mon 5 Final
OT
Ott 4
NYI 2 Final
TB 1
Edm 1 Final
Min 4
LA 4 Final
StL 1
Bos 4 Final
Dal 2
Van 0 Final
Pho 1
Wpg 5 Final
Cal 2