McGinn's OT goal lifts Avalanche over Kings 1-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 24, 2013 at 1:19 am •  Published: November 24, 2013
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nothing bothered Seymon Varlamov when the Colorado Avalanche goalie shut out the Los Angeles Kings.

Varlamov made 19 saves in winning his third straight start, and Jamie McGinn provided all the offense 2:32 into overtime to lift the Avalanche to a 1-0 victory on Saturday night.

Varlamov's 12th career shutout and first this season came one day after prosecutors in Denver filed a misdemeanor assault charge against him following a complaint by his girlfriend that he attacked her on Oct. 30.

The six-year veteran spent a night in jail before he was freed on $5,000 bond.

"You know what? Varly's been like this since the start of the year, and he's been very focused," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. "In some ways, it was not a big surprise. Those charges were dropped (three of the four), which is good news for him.

"He made a couple of big saves at the right moments. He's having the support of his teammates, and his teammates want to play hard in front of him, as well."

The Avalanche, who have allowed an NHL-low nine first-period goals, blocked nine shots during the first 20 minutes and finished with 15.

Los Angeles received a 4-minute power play with 77 seconds left in the second period, after John Mitchell cut Willie Mitchell with a high stick, but the Kings got only two shots during that stretch and finished 0 for 4 with the man advantage.

"Team defense is something we pride ourselves in, and we try to take away time and space" defenseman Nate Guenin said. "Our forwards and defensemen take pride in the defensive zone, and we've got two rock-solid goalies back there (including Jean-Sebastien Giguere). So if we make a mistake, they are there to bail us out."

McGinn's fourth goal of the season, and first game-winner, helped the Avalanche (17-5-0) improve the best start in franchise history. They are 15-0 when they score first.

Ben Scrivens made 32 saves in his sixth straight start for the injured Jonathan Quick. He got a bad break when a rebound trickled into the net off the elbow of teammate Jarret Stoll after Scrivens made the initial save on McGinn.