DENVER (AP) — Jarome Iginla scored in the second period and got the decisive goal in the shootout, Semyon Varlamov stopped 23 shots and the Colorado Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Thursday night.
The Avs are now 1-1 on a pivotal three-game homestand as they try to remain in the playoff picture.
Andy Greene scored the lone goal in regulation for the Devils and Cory Schneider made 28 saves.
Varlamov recently tweaked his groin and sat out against Los Angeles on Tuesday, snapping his streak of 22 straight starts. The injury didn’t appear to slow him down, especially in the shootout when he stopped two of three shooters, including Patrik Elias to seal the win.
Ryan O’Reilly also scored in the shootout for Colorado. Jacob Josefson was the only one to beat Varlamov in the shootout.