Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/15/14
DENVER -- So far, not even pucks to the face can keep the Colorado Avalanche down. They just shake them off and keep on playing. John Mitchell came back from getting 10 stitches in the first period to score a goal, Matt Duchene scored twice and set up another goal and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Thursday night. Semyon Varlamov had 33 saves for his ninth career shutout and P.A. Parenteau had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who won their first two games at home despite leaving some blood on the ice. Mitchell, signed as a free agent from the New York Rangers, proved his toughness after taking a shot to the face from Adrian Aucoin early in the first period. He went to the locker room, didn’t return until the second period and then scored a big goal in the third. “Someone did their homework on John Mitchell,” Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson said. “He’s a hell of a hockey player and looks like a great find for us. I’ve never seen a guy, th...
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