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NHL Game Summary - Philadelphia at Colorado



(Thursday, January 2nd)

Final Score: Colorado 2, Philadelphia 1

Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves to backstop the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Pepsi Center.

Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn scored the goals for Colorado, which has won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 29-30.

Wayne Simmonds was the only player to beat Varlamov, who stood tall when the Flyers made a late push.

Steve Mason stopped 29 shots for Philadelphia, which had won the first three stops of its six-game road trip and four straight overall.

"We could have done some better things as a team, but I thought we played pretty decent," Simmonds said.

The Avalanche capitalized on a turnover to open the scoring. Erik Johnson led a rush on the counterattack and dished to Matt Duchene. Mason turned away Duchene's shot, but kicked a rebound right to McGinn and he buried it at 11:14 of the first period.

"(Johnson) made a great play stepping up, breaking up the play and then skating hard," McGinn said. "(Duchene) drove the middle like we're suppose to, hard, and got the puck on net. I'm just coming in for the loose change."

Colorado went up 2-0 near the midway point of the second period. O'Reilly dropped the puck to Gabriel Landeskog and collected the captain's return feed before firing a shot off Mason that fluttered into the net at 9:17.

Simmonds redirected Andrej Meszaros' point shot to put the Flyers on the board with 6:12 to play in the second.

Game Notes

Colorado is now 2-0-1 on a season-long, seven-game homestand ... Thursday marked the Avalanche's 1,400th regular-season game since the team moved to Denver in 1995 ... The Flyers lost their sixth straight game in Denver ... Philadelphia had scored three goals or more in eight consecutive games ... Flyers rookie forward Michael Raffl left the game with a concussion suffered on a first-period hit by Landeskog ... Philadelphia was already playing without forward Matt Read (upper-body injury).

01/03 00:55:34 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ORL 83
CHA 98
Final
PHI 2
UTA 6
 
Final
CHI 86
LAC 96
Final
HOU 105
CLE 103
Final
ORL 83
CHA 98
Final
BOS 101
GSW 106
Final
IND 94
PHI 74
Final
SAC 99
POR 110
 
Final
LAL 101
OKC 108
Final
DEN 92
NOP 99
 
Final
NIAG 57
FAIR 56
 
Final
PETE 68
IONA 60
 
Final
RIDE 59
MAR 49
 
Final
MAN 69
QUIN 65
 
Final
UCONN 81
SMU 73
Final
CAL 73
ORST 56
Final
HOU 72
SFLA 55
Final
PROV 77
MARQ 66
Final
WISC 68
MSU 61
Final
MON 63
SIENA 57
 
Final
WAKE 69
PITT 66
Final
STAN 70
OREG 73
Final
OSU 65
PURD 61
2nd
COL 73
ARST 74
 
Half
UCLA 32
WASU 34
 
Final
WIN 5
LOS 2
Final
PIT 5
CLB 3
Final
FLA 4
TAM 3
Final
WAS 4
TOR 0
3rd
DAL 1
ANA 3
 
1st Intermission
VAN 2
STL 2