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Avs get goals from Malone and Desbiens, Varlamov makes 37 saves in 2-1 win over Ducks

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov blocks a shot against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Author: The Hockey News

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Avs get goals from Malone and Desbiens, Varlamov makes 37 saves in 2-1 win over Ducks

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Semyon Varlamov made 37 saves and Brad Malone got the go-ahead goal with 11:33 left in the third, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 preseason victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night.

Guillaume Desbiens opened the scoring for Colorado at 12:20 of the second period with a 45-foot wrist shot past Jonas Hiller's glove, following a turnover by forward Jakob Silfverberg in the Anaheim zone. Silfverberg left the game with 5:02 remaining because of an undisclosed injury.

Kyle Palmieri tied it 57 seconds into the third on a breakaway goal set up by defenceman Francois Beauchemin, who played his first game since reconstructive surgery on his right knee.

Hiller finished with 23 saves.

Varlamov had a league-worst 21 losses and a 3.02 goals-against average for Colorado during the lockout shortened 48-game schedule in 2012-13.

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