By The Sports Xchange

DENVER — Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots for his third shutout of the season, David Krejci had a goal and an assist as the Boston Bruins beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 Sunday night.

Dominic Moore’s empty-net tally with 27.2 seconds left sealed the win for Boston (10-6-0) and gave Rask his 33rd career shutout.

Semyon Varlamov had a season-high 43 saves for Colorado, which was shut out for the fourth time in the first 14 games of the season. The 44 overall shots were the most Varlamov faced this season.

The Avalanche (6-8-0) played without leading scorer Matt Duchene, who was out with concussion-like symptoms after taking a stick to the eye area in the second period against Winnipeg on Friday.

Rask didn’t need to work hard to improve to 7-0-0 on the road. He faced just 14 shots through the first two periods as his team dominated from the opening faceoff.

Krejci put Boston ahead midway through the first period. He skated in, took a drop pass from David Backes and snapped a shot past Varlamov’s stick at 9:30. It was his second goal of the season.

The Bruins dialed up the pressure in the second period but couldn’t get a second goal because of Varlamov. The goaltender, who faced only 18 shots Friday in a win over Winnipeg, stopped 23 in the second period alone Sunday.

His best stop came when he slid over to save Brad Marchand’s shot on an odd-man rush with 1:57 left in the second period. He then gloved Marchand’s shot off the rebound.

The Bruins got the game’s first power play 20 seconds later and put four quality shots on Varlamov, but he stopped all of them.

Varlamov made a third-period save on Brandon Carlo’s breakaway after the defenseman came out of the penalty box.

Colorado pulled Varlamov for an extra skater with 1:06 left, but Moore foiled the strategy with his fourth goal of the season.

NOTES: With C Matt Duchene sidelined with a head injury sustained Friday, the Avalanche recalled LW A.J. Greer from San Antonio of the AHL. Greer, who made his NHL debut Sunday, had five goals and nine assists in 13 games with the Rampage. … Boston G Anton Khudobin (upper-body injury) is traveling with the team. … Colorado RW Blake Comeau (groin) missed his fourth consecutive game. Comeau skated Saturday, but there isn’t a definite date for his return. … Avalanche D Fedor Tyutin was in the lineup despite an arm injury. … Bruins rookie D Brandon Carlo is from Colorado Springs, Colo. He played as a professional for the first time in his home state.


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