Colorado didn’t need much offense with Varlamov in net. After stopping 46 shots in a 3-2 overtime win in Chicago on Tuesday, Varlamov had another strong game against the Devils. He made five saves on a power play early in the third and then made another on Patrik Elias’ point-blank shot from the slot with about 13 minutes left.
“I got a guy lying on his stomach and I couldn’t finish it,” Elias said.
Roy had no problem praising his goalie.
“I like the effort we had from our goalie. He made some great saves,” Roy said. “We put a lot on our goalie and our goalie has been phenomenal.”
Schneider couldn’t end the drought after keeping his team in the game for the first two periods.
“I don’t know what it is right now, I’m not coming up with the saves in the shootout,” he said after his fourth shootout loss of the season. “When you’re not getting wins from it and you’re leaving points on the table, it matters.”
The Avalanche played without center Paul Stastny (leg) and defenseman Cory Sarich (back) for the second straight game. Roy chose to dress just 11 forwards and go with seven defensemen against the Devils.