Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who was playing in his first game since Dec. 5, turned aside 26 shots, including 12 in the third period earning his second shutout of the season and 15th of his career as Colorado blanked the St. Louis Blues 5-0 Tuesday night.
Jarome Iginla led the way offensively with a goal and an assist.
Erik Johnson, Zach Redmond, Alex Tanguay and Ryan O’Reilly had the other Colorado goals.
St. Louis concluded its’ three-game road trip without a win (0-2-1). Colorado meanwhile has now won three straight heading into the Christmas break.
Jake Allen made 26 saves in the loss and was replaced by Martin Brodeur in the third.
Tuesday night was Colorado’s first win over St. Louis this season. The Blues now hold a 2-1-0 edge in the season series with two games remaining.
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Colorado Avalanche tough guy took exception to a Tanner Glass hit on Zach Redmond and the two dropped the gloves early in the first period tonight.
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The slumping Colorado Avalanche got more bad news on Wednesday, as head coach Patrick Roy announced Brad Stuart would be out a “couple weeks” with a hamstring injury.
Stuart, who turns 35 on Thursday, left yesterday’s loss to Vancouver after playing just four shifts in the second period. The veteran blueliner had been averaging close to 20 minutes per game this season and had appeared in all 14 contests prior to getting hurt, leading the team in shorthanded TOI at 3:39 per game.
(Colorado currently has the NHL’s best penalty kill, at 93 percent.)
According to the Denver Post, the Avs won’t make any immediate call-ups to replace Stuart on the active roster, meaning they’ll roll with six defensemen: Tyson Barrie, Nate Guenin, Jan Hejda, Nick Holden, Erik Johnson and Zach Redmond.
The club’s eighth blueliner, Ryan Wilson, is out 2-3 weeks with a shoulder injury.