Varlamov stops 54 shots as Avalanche blank Blackhawks 2-0

Nathan MacKinnon scored and set up a goal by Maxime Talbot in the opening 1:17, Semyon Varlamov finished with 54 saves for his third shutout of the season and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Colorado was outshot by 30 but held on for its third win in four games behind Varlamov's 16th career shutout. The Avalanche improved to 7-3-2 in their last 12.

Corey Crawford finished with 22 saves for the Blackhawks, who had a season high in shots and dominated the pace as the game progressed. However, Chicago was blanked for the third time this season.

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