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Agozzino's first goal carries Avs, Varlamov over Knights

Updated: 19-02-2019 10:18 IST
Agozzino's first goal carries Avs, Varlamov over Knights

Semyon Varlamov had 40 saves, Andrew Agozzino scored his first NHL goal and added an assist, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-0 in Denver on Monday night. Tyson Jost and Matt Calvert also scored to help Colorado end a six-game home losing streak. The shutout was the second of the season for Varlamov and the 25th of his career.

Malcom Subban stopped 35 shots for the Golden Knights, who have lost eight of their last 11 games. Colorado had not won at home since beating Los Angeles 7-1 on Jan. 19. The Avalanche were coming off a 3-0 loss to St. Louis on Saturday but quickly got on the board Monday.

Jost gave Colorado the lead less than seven minutes into the game with a great individual effort. He battled forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the corner, and after Bellemare passed it to Jon Merrill, Jost poked it away. The puck went toward Colin Miller in front of the net but before Miller could corral it Jost got to the puck, whirled and beat Subban with a quick shot at 6:36 of the first. It was Jost's seventh of the season.

The Golden Knights nearly tied it when Shea Theodore's shot went off the crossbar and left post early in the second period, and Colorado came back soon after to get another one. Nathan MacKinnon worked the puck down low to Gabriel Landeskog, and he found Agozzino all alone in front. Agozzino's one-timer off the pass made it 2-0 at 5:47 of the second. Agozzino, who was recalled Sunday and had not played an NHL game since the 2015-16 season, had three assists in 10 career games entering Monday.

The Avalanche got an insurance goal early in the third when Calvert scored his ninth of the season at 6:53. The puck deflected off Calvert's glove but an official review determined the puck went off his stick after hitting his glove, so the goal stood and Colorado led 3-0. --Field Level Media