Varlamov returns, leads Avalanche past Blues 5-0

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DENVER (AP) _ Semyon Varlamov returned from an injury and stopped 26 shots in his second shutout of the season, leading the Colorado Avalanche past the St. Louis Blues 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay and Ryan O’Reilly each had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which has won three in a row and is 4-0-2 in its last six games. The Avalanche (13-13-8) reached .500 for the first time this season.

Varlamov missed six straight games with a groin injury before returning Tuesday. He faced only seven shots in the first period and eight halfway through the game.

Varlamov had 12 saves in the third to earn his 15th career shutout.

Jake Allen allowed five goals on 31 shots before being replaced by Martin Brodeur to start the third period for the Blues, who have lost three straight.