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Avalanche top Blue Jackets 3-2 in OT

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm •  Published: April 1, 2014
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gabriel Landeskog's late goal scoring kept the Colorado Avalanche's winning streak going.

Landeskog scored twice, including a power-play goal at 4:27 of overtime to help the Avalanche extend their winning streak to four with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Columbus on Tuesday night.

All three of Colorado's goals went in off Columbus players.

"We were the best shooters in the game tonight versus our own guy," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "You might see one, might see two. Three is a lot and that was all of their goals."

Rookie scoring leader Nathan MacKinnon, centering the top line with Matt Duchene expected to miss a month with a knee injury, assisted on Landeskog's tying and winning scores.

"After the second going into the third we talked about not finding any excuses," Landeskog said of his team that was down 2-0.

"Not using any injuries or what-not as an excuse. And it's an opportunity for a lot of guys to step up and a lot of guys did. We played a playoff-type of third period."

Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots — including a prime chance by Blake Comeau late in regulation to pick up his league-leading 38th win.

With 102 points, Colorado moved three ahead of Chicago for second place in the Central Division.

"We keep working hard and we believe in ourselves," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "I think that's one of the reason's we came back."

Cam Atkinson and Comeau scored in the second period for Columbus, which is hanging on to the second wild-card spot and eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

"You'd like to get two points but we did get one," Richards said. "And that might be a huge point. We don't know. We'll find out in a couple weeks."

Landeskog's goal in overtime and 26th of the season — extending his career high — banked off defenseman Jack Johnson and behind Sergei Bobrovsky, who returned after missing nearly three games with the flu and finished with 25 saves.

"It was as lucky as they come I guess," Landeskog said.

Brad Malone and Landeskog scored 5:17 apart in the third period to draw Colorado even.

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