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Roundup: Avalanche top Blackhawks

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews took a stick to the helmet from Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson.

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Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews took a stick to the helmet from Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 shots for his 100th NHL win and Brad Malone scored his first goal of the season, helping the Colorado Avalanche hold off the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, Wednesday night in Denver.

Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly added goals as the Avalanche took four of five from the Blackhawks in the season series. They also moved a point ahead of the defending Stanley Cup champions for second place in the Central Division.

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Varlamov became the fourth Russian-born goaltender to record 100 wins, joining Evgeni Nabokov (347), Nikolai Khabibulin (333), and Ilya Bryzgalov (213).

Canucks 3, Jets 2 — Chris Higgins had the only goal in the shootout and visiting Vancouver rebounded from a third-period collapse in their last game to beat Winnipeg.

Higgins flipped the puck by Ondrej Pavelec after the goalie went down. The Canucks, 2-4-1 in their last seven games, allowed seven goals in the third period in a 7-4 home loss to the Islanders on Monday night.

Flames 7, Ducks 2 — Mikael Backlund had two goals and an assist and Calgary stunned Anaheim with a four-goal first period and breezed to the home win.

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