Brad Malone also scored for the Avalanche, who moved three points
ahead of Chicago for second place in the Central Division and
home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Semyon
Varlamov made 24 saves, including a point-blank stop on Blake Comeau
with 38 seconds left in regulation.
Cam Atkinson registered his 20th goal and Comeau also scored for the
Blue Jackets, who lead Toronto by one point for the final wild card
spot in the Eastern Conference. Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 stops in
the matchup with fellow Russian goaltender Semyon Varlamov, with
whom he split time during the Olympics.
Malone's centering pass from below the goal line in the corner
caromed off Nick Foligno and past Bobrovsky with 10:14 remaining.
Nathan MacKinnon centered a pass to Landeskog, whose shot bounced
off Dalton Prout and past Bobrovsky with 4:57 left, and Landeskog's
power-play goal in overtime was redirected by Jack Johnson.
Brandon Dubinsky collected Nate Guenin's turnover behind the net and
fed Atkinson, who beat Varlamov from the slot at 10:52 of the second
period. Columbus took a 2-0 lead 5:07 later when Foligno finished a
quick-developing 2-on-0 by feeding an open Comeau on the doorstep
after Guenin couldn't control the puck inside his blue line.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Avalanche C Matt Duchene (team-high 70 points) missed
his first game with a knee injury that is expected to keep him out
of the lineup four weeks. ... The Blue Jackets outhit the Avalanche
52-31, and had 27 in the first period — the most by a team in a
period this season — with Dubinsky and Foligno recording five of
their game-high seven in the opening frame. ... Landeskog has five
goals and seven points in his last four games.
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