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April 6, 2014

Penguins knock off Avalanche

Denver — Jussi Jokinen skated across the front of the crease and roofed a shot over sprawling goalie Semyon Varlamov to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche in a shootout on Sunday night.

After Jokinen’s goal, Marc-Andre Fleury made a pad save on Gabriel Landeskog’s shot, snapping Colorado’s six-game winning streak and denying Varlamov franchise records for most home and overall wins in a season.

After falling behind 2-0 on Brandon Sutter’s first multiple-goal game this season, Colorado scored twice in the third period to tie it and send the game to overtime.

Ryan O’Reilly scored his team-leading 28th goal of the season 18 seconds into the third period, and Patrick Bordeleau redirected defenseman Tyson Barrie’s shot from the point past Fleury with 3:13 left in regulation.

The win ends a three-game road trip for Pittsburgh, which returns home for three games to close out the regular season, starting with Wednesday’s game against Detroit.

The Penguins host Philadelphia on Saturday before Ottawa visits Sunday.

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