Jose Theodore makes 41 saves to help Avalanche bury Blue Jackets 5-3

Wojtek Wolski, Brett McLean, Joe Sakic, Mark Rycroft and Brad Richardson scored for Colorado, which has won five of its last seven. The Avalanche are 18-1-2 all-time against Columbus.

Sergei Fedorov, Fredrik Modin and David Vyborny scored for Columbus, which has won once in their last seven behind a struggling offence that entered tied for the league low with 19 goals.

Trailing 4-1 late in the second period, Modin scored a power-play goal from the low slot at 18:50. Vyborny cut it to 4-3 at 14:21 of the third, skating down the right wing and snapping home a cross ice pass from Modin.

But Richardson stole the puck from Rick Nash at the Columbus blue line and skated in alone before lifting a shot over Pascal Leclaire to give Colorado a 5-3 lead. The Avalanche weathered several short-handed situations in the final period, including a 5-on-3 and a 6-on-3.

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Fedorov’s first goal of the season pulled Columbus to 2-1 at 11:18 in the first but Colorado regained the momentum early in the second period. With Alexander Svitov again in the penalty box, Sakic slammed home a centring pass by Andrew Brunette from behind the net to give the Avalanche a 3-1 lead at the 4:00 mark.

Late in the period, Rycroft slid behind defenceman Anders Eriksson to chip home a long rebound from a sharp angle and under Leclaire’s arm at 15:18.

Notes: Columbus is 3-for-46 on the power play in the last seven games. … Nash is without a goal in seven games, the longest drought of his career. … The Avalanche were the least penalized team the first month of the season, but took nine penalties against the Blue Jackets.