David Jones scored twice and had an assist and Semyon Valamov turned away 28 shots Friday night to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Gabriel Landeskog and Steve Downie each had a goal and an assist and Matt Hunwick also scored for the Avalanche, who were up to their usual tricks against the Blue Jackets. They are 32-8-1-1 against Columbus, including 15-5-1-1 on the Blue Jackets' home ice.
The Avalanche won a second game in a row for the first time since Dec. 31. They started the night two points out of the eighth playoff spot in the West.
Varlamov made several sterling stops to keep Colorado in command until they closed it out with two third period goals.
The game was the first for the Blue Jackets since they made two major trades this week.
It was Varlamov's third shutout of the season and ninth of his career. He added to his career high with his 17th win of the season.
On Wednesday the Blue Jackets traded center Antoine Vermette to ...