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Varlamov stops 29 shots as Avalanche beat Wild, 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Semyon Varlamov stopped 29 shots, Zach Redmond had a goal and an assist, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Sunday night.

Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for Colorado, which won its third straight.

Chris Stewart and Thomas Vanek both scored late for the Wild, and Devan Dubnyk had 18 saves in his 24th straight start for Minnesota. The Wild had won five straight.

Varlamov — who had a season-high 44 saves Saturday night in Columbus — has stopped 100 of the 102 shots he’s faced the past three games. He had allowed 11 goals in the previous three games, including a physical 3-1 loss to the Wild last week. McLeod and Landeskog were each fined for roughing up Wild players in that game.

It took McLeod only 43 seconds to drop gloves with Stewart on Sunday. Minnesota responded by dominating puck possession for most of the first two periods, but couldn’t solve Varlamov.

McLeod and Landeskog scored late in the first and second periods, respectively. McLeod gave Colorado a 1-0 lead with 1:55 remaining in the first period when he redirected a shot from Jarome Iginla that lazily flipped over Dubnyk’s stick side.

Then, Redmond fired a slap shot from the point that bounced off the post and in with 1:52 left in the second period.

Colorado made it 3-0 with a power-play goal to start the third when Ryan O’Reilly poked the puck through Dubnyk’s pads and found a wide-open Landeskog, who scored his 19th goal.

Varlamov was 5:56 from his second shutout in two nights before Stewart whiffed on a rebound off the boards that went into the net off Tyson Barrie’s skate. Avs coach Patrick Roy replaced Varlamov after that with Reto Berra, who allowed Vanek’s goal with 19.4 seconds remaining.

NOTES: The Wild activated D Jared Spurgeon from in the injured reserve list. Spurgeon had missed eight games with an upper-body injury. … Colorado has killed off 19 straight power plays and 26 of the last 27. … The two teams were a combined 0 for 35 on power-play opportunities before Landeskog’s goal to start the third. … Jordyn Leopold, the daughter of Wild D Jordan Leopold, led the crowd in the traditional “Let’s-Play-Hockey” chant. The 11-year-old made headlines last week with her hand-written note to the Wild, asking them to trade for her Minnesota-born father.

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