DENVER -

One of the last times Patrick Roy faced the New Jersey Devils, he was celebrating a Game 7 win in the 2001 Stanley Cup finals.

That victory capped the goalie's fourth Cup title and second with the Colorado Avalanche. Now he is trying to bring his bring his old team back to prominence as the head coach, and he just may have the netminder to get there.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped 33 shots, center Ryan O'Reilly scored in regulation and in the shootout, and Colorado beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 Thursday night.

Center Matt Duchene, celebrating his 23rd birthday, also had a goal in the shootout for the Avalanche, who won three straight.

Roy helped the Avalanche rally from a 3-2 series deficit against the Devils 13 years ago. He pitched a shutout in New Jersey in Game 6 and then won Game 7 in Denver, 3-1.

Now he is behind the bench watching Varlamov turn in stellar performances.

"I like the effort we had from our goalie. He made some great saves," Roy said. "We put a lot on our goalie, and our goalie has been phenomenal."

Varlamov wanted his play to speak for itself.

"I hate talking about myself. Ask Patrick," Varlamov said, referring to Roy.

Goalie Cory Schneider made 37 saves, and center Reid Boucher scored for the Devils, who are 0-8 in shootouts this season and have dropped 12 straight dating back to last season.

Getting a point was little consolation for the Devils (20-18-11).

"It's still a loss, technically," said Schneider, who is 0-4 in shootouts this year. "It would have been nice to pull a (win) out of the fire. At the end of the day, it's still a hollow feeling."

Colorado (30-12-5) improved to 3-3 in shootouts this year. The Avalanche won Thursday when Varlamov prevented left winger Patrik Elias and center Adam Henrique from scoring in the shootout.

O'Reilly's shootout goal clinched it for Colorado.

"I watched Duchy go first," O'Reilly said. "He made a great play coming down that right side. I saw some holes there and tried to do the same thing."

Colorado kept rolling despite a rash of injuries. The Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday using a skeleton crew of 17 players, and they lost defenseman Erik Johnson to a back injury in the second period that night.

Johnson returned for Thursday's game.

Roy decided to dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen against New Jersey, opting to double shift a center on the fourth line. In the first period, it was O'Reilly who was skating with that crew, and it paid off.

Left winger Patrick Bordeleau got the puck from right winger Brad Malone and fed O'Reilly in front of the Devils' net. O'Reilly buried the puck over Schneider to make it 1-0. It was his 18th of the season.

"We ran a cycle play after Malone kept the puck in," O'Reilly said. "Bordy saw me alone out front, and I got the shot off quick."

Colorado continued to dominate play through the second period but couldn't stretch the lead because of Schneider.

"Schneider gave us a chance to get to the third," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "We probably deserved to be down and out at the end of 40 minutes."

New Jersey couldn't take advantage of a power play midway through the second period. It ended early when defenseman Eric Gelinas tripped O'Reilly has he tried to enter the Devils zone.

New Jersey managed just two shots on goal in the second.

The Devils finally broke through when Boucher scored with 11:01 left in regulation. New Jersey outshot Colorado 18-10 in the third period.