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Varlamov barely misses shutout, Avalanche fend off Senators

By: Associated Press
March 16, 2014 Updated: March 16, 2014 at 6:03 pm
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photo - Ottawa Senators' Colin Greening (14) is checked by Colorado Avalanche's Erik Johnson (6) into Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1) during second-period NHL hockey game action in Ottawa, Ontario, Sunday March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)
Ottawa Senators' Colin Greening (14) is checked by Colorado Avalanche's Erik Johnson (6) into Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1) during second-period NHL hockey game action in Ottawa, Ontario, Sunday March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand) 

OTTAWA, Ontario — Semyon Varlamov made 38 saves and Andre Benoit, Nick Holden and John Mitchell scored for the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

Varlamov was 6 seconds away from his second shutout of the season and 13th of his career until Mika Zibanejad scored for the Senators.

Matt Duchene had two assists for the Avalanche, who have won three of four and seven of their last nine.

Robin Lehner made his second straight start for the Senators since Craig Anderson was injured last week in a loss to the Nashville Predators. Lehner made 19 saves, but had no chance on any of the goals he allowed.

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