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Avalanche edge Wild in shootout

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DENVER — Ryan O’Reilly scored the lone goal of the shootout as host Colorado completed a home-and-home sweep of Minnesota by winning 3-2 Saturday.

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Captain Gabriel Landeskog and rookie Nathan MacKinnon tallied in regulation while John Mitchell reached 100 points for his career with a pair of assists for the Avalanche, who improved to 16-0-0 when leading after two periods. Colorado also posted a 3-1 triumph at Minnesota on Friday.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 35 shots and made a glove save on Jason Pominville in the third round of the bonus format to clinch the win. O’Reilly had given Colorado the edge when he slipped the puck between the pads of Josh Harding (23 saves) just as the goaltender was attempting a poke check.

Matt Cooke spoiled Varlamov’s bid for his second shutout of the season with 3:27 left in the third.

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