DENVER -- Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 shots for his 100th NHL win and Brad Malone scored his first goal of the season, helping the Colorado Avalanche hold off the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly added goals as the Avalanche took four of five from the Blackhawks in the season series. They also moved a point ahead of the defending Stanley Cup champions for second place in the Central Division.
With a goal and an assist, Duchene extended his points streak to a career-best nine games.
Varlamov became the fourth Russian-born goaltender to record 100 wins, joining Evgeni Nabokov (347), Nikolai Khabibulin (333) and Ilya Bryzgalov (213). This also was Varlamov's 33rd win, second-most in the league behind Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury (34).
BRUINS 4, CANADIENS 1
Tuukka Rask made 35 saves, and Zdeno Chara also scored for Boston. The Bruins improved to 43-17-5 and pulled within a point of idle Pittsburgh for the Eastern Conference lead. They are 9-1-2 in their last 12 games.
CANUCKS 3, JETS 2, SO
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Chris Higgins had the only goal in the shootout and Vancouver beat Winnipeg, rebounding from a third-period collapse in its last game.
The Canucks, 2-4-1 in their last seven games, allowed seven goals in the third period in a 7-4 home loss to the New York Islanders on Monday night.
Alexandre Burrows, with the first and second goals of his injury-marred season, tied it 2 at 11:17 of the third period. Andrew Ladd and Michael Frolik scored for the Winnipeg. The Jets have lost five straight.
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