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Colorado Avalanche douse Flames

AP, DENVER, Colorado

Anton Volchenkov of the New Jersey Devils, right, hits David Clarkson of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third period of their NHL game in Toronto, Canada, on Friday.

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Colorado goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 30 shots to help the Avalanche beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Friday and go clear at the top of the Central Division.

In Friday’s other games, Anaheim beat Buffalo to remain the league’s only team unbeaten at home, Toronto beat New Jersey after a shootout and Winnipeg cruised past Nashville.

Colorado’s goals came from Ryan O’Reilly, Paul Stastny, John Mitchell and Matt Duchene.

The Avalanche improved to 13-2, joining the 1995 Quebec Nordiques for the best 15-game start in franchise history. Colorado reached 26 points in 15 games, while last year they took 29.

Mike Cammalleri had two goals for the Flames.

Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf had three goals and an assist in the first period, while linemate Dustin Penner also scored four points as the Anaheim Ducks beat the lowly Buffalo Sabres 6-2.

Getzlaf got his first career hat-trick before the first intermission as the league-leading Ducks trounced the league-worst Sabres for their seventh win in eight games.

Anaheim won their seventh straight at the Honda Center.

Mikhail Grigorenko scored his first two goals of the season for the Sabres.

Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk scored on a low wrist-shot in the shootout to give the Maple Leafs a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Cory Schneider stopped Toronto’s Mason Raymond and Phil Kessel, before Van Riemsdyk’s goal. Adam Henrique then fired wide for the Devils.

Kessel scored on the power play at 8 minutes, 12 seconds of the third period to open the scoring for the Devils, before Toronto’s Michael Ryder tied it on his own power-play score with 4:45 remaining in regulation.

Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves to help the Jets beat the Nashville Predators 5-0.

Bryan Little scored twice, while Olli Jokinen, Eric Tangradi and Devin Setoguchi also netted for Winnipeg.

Tangradi’s score sent goalie Carter Hutton to the bench after he stopped just five of the eight shots he faced.

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