NEW YORK — Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 shots, Tyson Barrie scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period and the Colorado Avalanche beat the New York Rangers 4-2 in the teams' season opener Thursday night.
Matt Duchene and Mikko Rantanen scored in the first period, and Gabriel Landeskog added an empty-netter for the Avalanche.
Mika Zibanejad scored two power-play goals late in the first period for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist had 22 saves. The loss spoiled Kevin Shattenkirk's debut with the Rangers after the prized free agent signed with his hometown team in the offseason.
New York finished 2-for-6 on the power play, and Colorado was 1-for-5....