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Avalanche’s win streak continues

AP, DENVER, Colorado

Willie Mitchell of the Los Angeles Kings, right, checks Mark Arcobello of the Edmonton Oilers against the boards in the first period of their NHL game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on Sunday.

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Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist in the third period and Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots as Colorado picked up their fourth straight win with a 3-2 victory over the Jets on Sunday night.

Matt Duchene and Jan Hejda also scored, while Gabriel Landeskog added two assists for the Avalanche. Under first-year coach Patrick Roy they have won 10 of their 11 games.

“That was the first time we came from behind in the third period,” Stastny said. “We got chances and we didn’t stop. We just kept going.”

Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little had a goal and assist each for the Winnipeg Jets.

The Avalanche trailed 2-1 entering the third, but came out strong at the start of the period. They put nine quick shots on goalie Al Montoya before Hejda equalized with 12 minutes, 47 seconds left off an assist by Stastny.

Stastny netted the winner with 5:28 left to give Colorado their fourth straight victory.

“When [Alex Tanguay] brings two guys to him, you know something good is going to happen,” Stastny said. “I was just going back door and trying to yell as loud as I can to Landy because he was looking to shoot. He changed his mind at the last second and just gave me a tap-in. He passed it between two sticks. That’s something we practice.”

The Kings and the Lighting had shootout wins on Sunday, while the Ducks ended the Blue Jackets’ three-game winning streak with a 4-3 result in Columbus, Ohio, while the Sharks beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2.

In Los Angeles, Anze Kopitar scored the deciding goal in a shootout as the Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers for their seventh victory in nine games.

The Kings outshot the Oilers 48-18 in regulation and overtime.

Nail Yakupov scored for Edmonton on a power play in the second period and Mike Richards tied it less than 14 minutes later.

The Kings are 5-0 in games that have gone past regulation.

Jonathan Quick improved to 4-0 in shootouts, having stopped 10 of 11 shots he has faced in tiebreakers. In 2010-2011, he led the NHL with 10 shootout wins and had an .818 save percentage.

Corey Perry scored the clincher for the Anaheim Ducks with 2:25 remaining, wristing a shot over sprawled Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

The Ducks lost Saku Koivu late in the second period on a hit that resulted in the ejection of the Blue Jackets’ Brandon Dubinsky.

The San Jose Sharks were outshot for the first time this season, but Alex Stalock stopped 38 shots in his first NHL start, helping San Jose to yet another win.

The 26-year-old Stalock made 16 saves in the first period and helped the Sharks jump out to a 3-1 lead.

In Sunrise, Florida, Steven Stamkos and Valtteri Filppula both scored in the shootout to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers.

Stamkos made some nice moves and slipped the puck past Jacob Markstrom for the deciding goal.

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