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NHL: Colorado 2, Minnesota 0

March 4, 2012 at 10:03 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 4 (UPI) -- Semyon Varlamov racked up his fourth shutout of the season Sunday and the Colorado Avalanche stayed in the playoff hunt with a 2-0 whitewash of Minnesota.

Varlamov improved to 3-1 in his last four starts and 3-0-0 lifetime against Minnesota with his eighth career shutout as the Avalanche pulled to within one point of San Jose for the final Western Conference playoff seed.

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Jamie McGinn netted both goals in the first period, while Peter Mueller and Stefan Elliott each assisted on both tallies for Colorado, which snapped a two-game skid.

Matt Hackett turned aside 34-of-36 shots as Minnesota dropped to 2-6-1 in its last nine home games.

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