Barrie leads Avalanche over the Rangers, 3-2.

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2014 at 12:13 am •  Published: April 4, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche keep losing players and winning games.

Tyson Barrie scored in the final minute of regulation, and then scored again in the shootout, leading Colorado to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Semyon Varlamov had 29 saves for Colorado, which has won five in a row. Varlamov also stopped each of New York's attempts in the shootout.

Four of Colorado's wins during the streak have come in overtime or a shootout. On Tuesday in Columbus, the Avalanche scored twice in the final 11 minutes to send the game to overtime, where they won it on Gabriel Landeskog's goal.

"What I like about it is we're playing with a lot of confidence right now," coach Patrick Roy said. "The most important thing is, no matter what happens to us we believe in ourselves."

The Avalanche maintained a three-point lead on the Chicago Blackhawks for second place in the Central Division. The Blackhawks beat Minnesota in a shootout but still lag behind Colorado with 10 days left in the season.

"That's big for us," said Paul Stasnty, who assisted on Barrie's tying goal. "For us, home ice is pretty important."

Henrik Lundqvist had 35 saves for the Rangers, who gained a point on Philadelphia despite the loss. Derek Stepan and John Moore scored for New York.

The Rangers lead the Flyers by four points for second in the Metropolitan Division. Philadelphia lost to Columbus on Thursday.

"It's a big point but it's still extremely disappointing to lose, especially in this way," Lundqvist said. "We worked really hard to try to get the two points tonight."

New York had won seven of eight. Six of those wins were on the road, where the Rangers are 25-14-1 this season.

Already playing without leading scorer Matt Duchene, the Avalanche lost forward Cody McLeod to a left ankle injury late in the second period. He had to be helped off the ice.

"He's a tough guy and he wants to play in the next game," Roy said of McLeod. "For now he's day to day and we'll see tomorrow."

Duchene is out with a left knee injury that will keep him out through the end of the regular season and possibly the first round of the playoffs.



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