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Denver,  CO  (SportsNetwork.com) - Semyon  Varlamov stopped 37 shots to record 
his  100th career  victory, as  Colorado slipped  past Chicago  3-2, at  Pepsi 

Matt  Duchene and  Ryan O'Reilly  picked up  a goal  and assist  each for  the 
Avalanche,  winners  in six of their  last seven to vault over their Wednesday 
opponents into second place in the Central Division. 

Brad  Malone added  a tally as Colorado  won four of five in the season series 
from the defending Stanley Cup champions. 

"As  a  team we expected them  to come hard the  later it got. There's still a 
long  way to  go,"  said Avalanche  captain Gabriel  Landeskog  of his  club's 
opponent.  "Tonight was a huge win, and we certainly sent a message. We're not 
going to give them anything." 

Patrick  Kane  and Brandon Saad scored  for the Blackhawks, who saw a two-game 
win streak halted. Antti Raanta made 26 saves in defeat. 

The  Avs went  up by a 3-1 count  during a 5-on-3 power play, as Duchene fired 
from  the outer edge  of the right circle and O'Reilly tucked home the rebound 
in front at 10:53. 

Raanta  was pulled for an extra skater with more than 2 1/2 minutes remaining, 
and  the move paid  off one shift later as Saad's rolling shot inside the left 
post to make it a one-goal contest. 

He went to the bench once more shortly after the ensuing faceoff, but Varlamov 
only  needed to make one quality save, on a long shot up the middle from Saad, 
in the closing seconds. 

"This  is another  frustrating  loss  for our  team.  Varlamov  is a  talented 
goaltender, and we haven't found a way to get pucks past him," said Blackhawk
captain  Jonathan Toews. "We have not matched their intensity and we have much 
more to show against this team." 

Malone earned his first of the season and sent the Avs to intermission up 1-0, 
when his low shot from the left wing near the boards eluded Raanta at 18:24. 

"It  was  a controlled  break.  I  got some  speed  along  the wall,  got  the 
chip  and then just  shot it. I'm glad it went in," noted Malone. "We have run 
that  play in  practice  and tonight  we  got  a good  bounce  on it.  There's 
something very special here and I'm proud to be a part of it." 

Colorado  led  by two at  the 19-second mark of  the middle frame on Duchene's 
22nd  of  the season, but  Chicago responded in the  person of Kane, who moved 
around  Avs  defenseman Jan Hejda  on the right wing  and beat Varlamov with a 
backhander to the near post at 8:23. 

                                   Game Notes 

Varlamov's  overall  record with  Colorado stands at  70-57-11, and his season 
mark  improved to 33-12-5 ... Paul Carey made his NHL debut for the Avalanche, 
a  two-time NCAA  title winner (2010, '12) at Boston College ... Malone's only 
other score occurred against Calgary on Apr. 8, 2013. 

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