Avs Fight Off Chicago – NHL Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — Mikael Backlund capped off a four-goal first period to lead Calgary to a 7-2 pounding of Pacific Division leading Anaheim. The Flames scored three times on five shots to chase starting goalie Jonas Hiller just 11 1/2 minutes into the game. Backlund also scored in the second period giving the Flames their second short-handed goal of the game. T. J. Gagliardi had the other one and Michael Cammalleri added a power play goal.
Flames rookie goalie Joni Ortio made 20 saves to improve to 3-3-0.
In other NHL play;
— Semyon Varlamov (SEHM'-yahn var-LAH'-mawf) stopped 37 shots for his 100th NHL win in Colorado's 3-2 victory over Chicago. The win was Varlamov's 33rd of the season, second only to Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury. The Avalanche's fourth win in five games over the Blackhawks this season vaulted them past Chicago and into second place in the Central Division.
— Boston has moved within one point of Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh with a 4-1 win at Montreal. Boston has won six in a row and is 8-0-3 in its last 11 road games.
— Chris Higgins had the only goal in the shootout to give Vancouver a 3-2 win over Winnipeg, handing the Jets their fifth straight loss.
DALLAS (AP) — Rich Peverely of the Dallas Stars is done playing this season. The forward collapsed during a game Monday night against Columbus, and his doctor says the 31-year-old will undergo a procedure that was originally planned for after the season. He was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat in training camp.