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NHL: Colorado 3, New York Rangers 1

March 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

NEW YORK, March 17 (UPI) -- Semyon Varlamov made 41 saves Saturday and the Colorado Avalanche moved up in the Western Conference with a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers.

Gabriel Landeskog netted the eventual game-winner and Matt Hunwick added a goal for the Avalanche, who entered the game clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

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The victory moved them into the seventh position, two points better than idle Phoenix with eight games to play.

The Rangers, meanwhile, saw their Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division lead over Pittsburgh dwindle to two points.

Henrik Lundqvist made 17 saves and Mats Zuccarello netted the only goal for New York.

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