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Gazette Premium Content Barrie's OT goal lifts Avs past Senators 4-3

photo - Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, left, guards the net in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider) + caption
Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, left, guards the net in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)
The Associated Press Updated: January 9, 2014 at 6:40 am

DENVER — Paul Stastny had the tying goal and two assists and Tyson Barrie scored 33 seconds into overtime to complete the rally that lifted the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.

Jan Hejda and Jamie McGinn also scored for Colorado.

The Avalanche were down 3-2 in the third and pressed for the tying goal. John Mitchell nearly tied it when his shot went off the inside of the right post. Stastny got the equalizer moments later when he deked goalie Craig Anderson and scored at 17:40.

In overtime, Stastny fed Barrie in front of the net and the defenseman buried the chance to give Colorado the win.

Clarke MacArthur had a goal and an assist, and Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris also scored and Ottawa.

The Senators controlled play for much of the second period and took the lead on two quick goals after a pair of minors by Colorado defensemen. Cory Sarich drew a slashing minor at 11:06 and Hejda a delay of game 68 seconds later to put the Avalanche down two players.

Spezza, back after missing four games with a hip flexor injury, tied it with his 12th goal with 13 seconds left in the 5-on-3. Colorado killed off the second minor, but Turris scored before Hejda could get back into the play. It was Turris' 11th goal of the year.

Colorado jumped ahead with two goals in the first 4:54 of the first period.

McGinn got the first one when he tipped Erik Johnson's pass from the point during a power play past Anderson. It was McGinn's 10th of the season.

Hejda made it 2-0 just 2:35 later when he beat Anderson with a slap shot from the point. It was his eighth goal of the season.

Anderson finished with 27 saves and Erik Karlsson had two assists.

The two goals seemed to energize the Senators, who outshot the Avalanche 9-3 the rest of the first period. They pressured goalie Semyon Varlamov and finally broke through after a turnover by Andre Benoit. Bobby Ryan gathered the loose puck and fed MacArthur from behind the net, and the left winger scored on a one-timer from the left slot at 15:02. It was his 15th of the season.

Ottawa nearly tied it on a power play early in the second period. Two Senators hit posts during the man advantage as the Senators had four shots on goal in the two minutes.

Varlamov stopped 29 shots.

NOTES: Avalanche C Ryan O'Reilly was scratched with a shoulder injury. O'Reilly was injured in the third period of Monday's loss to Calgary. ... Ottawa LW Chris Neil missed his third straight game with a hamstring injury. ... Colorado recalled LW DAvid Van Der Gulik from Lake Erie of the AHL. ... Avalanche LW Gabriel Landeskog extended his points streak to eight games.

 

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