Avalanche crush Blues, give Roy 50th coaching victory in first year


Semyon Varlamov tied the franchise single-season record for goalie wins held by Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy and Paul Stastny had another big game in his hometown in a penalty-filled 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

Stastny had a goal and two assists and Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which has won six in a row and has 106 points, third-most in franchise history. Roy became the fifth coach in NHL history to win 50 games in his first season.

The last coach to win 50 games in his debut season was San Jose’s Todd McLellan, who won 53 games in 2008-09. Tom Johnson won 57 games with Boston in 1970-71, Mike Keenan had 53 wins with Philadelphia in 1984-85 and Pat Burns picked up 53 in 1988-89 with Montreal.

“It was kind of a big game for us,” Stastny said. “It got chippy at the end but we stood up to that and will deal with that.”

Varlamov made 31 saves for his second shutout of the season and NHL-leading 40th win, matching Roy’s total in 2000-01.

There were several scrums and frustration boiled over for St. Louis late in the third. Ryan O’Reilly scored his 27th goal on a power play with a two-man advantage after St. Louis captain David Backes and Barret Jackman both received 10-minute misconducts.

The Blues had 91 minutes in penalties in the third and finished the game with seven players on the bench.

Bruins 5, Flyers 2

In Boston, Johnny Boychuk scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:06 left in the third period, Milan Lucic had two goals and the Bruins clinched the Eastern Conference’s best record with a victory over Philadelphia.

Canucks 2, Kings 1

In Vancouver, Brad Richardson scored with 1:23 remaining in regulation as the Canucks preserved their playoff hopes with a win over Los Angeles.

Capitals 4, Islanders 3 (SO)

In Uniondale, New York, Washington center Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in regulation and had the only goal in the shootout.

Devils 3, Hurricanes 1

In Raleigh, North Carolina, Dainus Zubrus scored twice and New Jersey earned a point in its seventh straight game.

Stars 5, Lightning 2

In Tampa, Jamie Benn had two goals and an assist to lead Dallas past the Lightning.

Senators 3, Rangers 2

In New York, Robin Lehner made 41 saves and held off a furious late push by the Rangers to lift Ottawa.

Jets 4, Maple Leafs 2

In Toronto, Tobias Enstrom scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and Winnipeg held on for the win.

Canadiens 5, Red Wings 3

In Montreal, Brian Gionta tallied his second goal of the game late in the third period.

Wild 4, Penguins 0

In St. Paul, Minnesota, Cody McCormick had a goal and an assist and Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 20 shots he faced.

Predators 3, Sharks 0

In San Jose, Patric Hornqvist had two goals and an assist for Nashville.