DENVER – 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 Blackhawks, 3-2, Wednesday night.
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.
Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad scored for the Hawks. Antti Raanta made 26 saves filling in for Corey Crawford. It was the first time Raanta has been in net since Jan. 28.
With a goal and an assist, Duchene extended his points streak to a career-best nine games.
Varlamov became the fourth Russian-born goaltender to record 100 wins, joining Evgeni Nabokov (347), Nikolai Khabibulin (333) and Ilya Bryzgalov (213).
This also was Varlamov’s 33rd win, second-most in the league behind Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury (34).