/N.H.L. Roundup: Rangers Fall as Avalanche Score Twice in Second Period

N.H.L. Roundup: Rangers Fall as Avalanche Score Twice in Second Period

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Colorado’s Matt Duchene, left, and the Rangers’ Dan Girardi fought for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden.

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Chris Wagner and Matt Duchene scored 4 minutes 16 seconds apart in the second period on Thursday night to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots as Colorado won consecutive games for only the second time this season. The Avalanche, who played the three teams in the New York area teams over a four-day stretch, were coming off a 2-1 win against the Devils on Tuesday night.

Colorado’s longest winning streak this season was three games between Nov. 10 and Nov. 14.

Oscar Lindberg scored and Antti Raanta stopped 16 shots as the Rangers lost for the fifth time in six games (1-4-1).

The Rangers’ best chances were J. T. Miller’s jam shot attempt in the first that Varlamov stopped, and Chris Kreider’s attempt with six minutes left in the third….

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