The Colorado Avalanche and Semyon Varlamov built on their momentum from Monday taking a 3-0 win from the Anaheim Ducks and snapping the team’s point streak at 14.
In a streaky season for the Avs number one goalie, Varlamov seems to be regaining his form at just the right time. Making 37 saves against the second place Ducks, Varlamov earned himself the 20th shutout of his career and a very deserving first star of the game. The Avalanche put themselves two games ahead of the Minnesota Wild (although they do have two games in hand) for the final wild card spot and if Varly can keep this up, the Avs are primed and ready for a playoff run.
Nathan MacKinnon started the scoring off in the first period, scoring his 21st goal of the season. A step ahead of the defenseman, Erik Johnson placed a perfect lob pass for MacKinnon who shot the puck with heavy pressure from behind to score the goal. This would be all the Avs would need behind their brick wall of a goaltender, but went ahead and scored two more goals anyways.
Andreas Martinsen in his first game back after being a healthy scratch for quite a while, scored his third goal of the season on a backhand. Matt Duchene and Francois Beauchemin assisted on the goal and brought the Avs ahead 2-0 in the second period.
New addition Shawn Matthias would cap off the scoring with his 9th of the season, burying a goal with :30 seconds left in the second period. Carl Soderberg continued to be a valuable asset, assisting on the goal. Nick Holden would also pick up an assist on the play, giving the Avs defensemen assists on each goal scored.
The Avalanche special team play continued, killing all three power plays, giving them 22 penalty kills in a row. Despite giving up the 37 shots, the Avalanche controlled this game for the most part, and behind the play of their goalie, they put some positive momentum ahead of them going into a game against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.