Avs cruise to 7-1 win over Wild

PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer Published:

DENVER (AP) -- Jamie McGinn scored the first of a four-goal flurry in the second period and Semyon Varlamov stopped 21 shots as the Colorado Avalanche beat the struggling Minnesota Wild 7-1 on Tuesday night.

Jay McClement, Jan Hejda, Mark Olver, Ryan O'Reilly, David Jones and Cody McLeod also scored for the Avalanche, who have won six of eight to climb back into the playoff picture.

Devin Setoguchi scored for the Wild on a penalty shot early in the third to break up Varlamov's shutout bid and Minnesota avoided being held scoreless for a third straight game.

Steve Downie had three assists, while Gabriel Landeskog added two for the Avalanche.