"Benoit from Bordeleau" — that probably wasn't the offensive combination most thought would be the big story line to a potential Avalanche win Sunday. That was the case, though, in Colorado's 3-1 victory over Ottawa.

Andre Benoit, a former Senators player, converted Patrick Bordeleau's saucy crossing pass late in the second period to break a scoreless tie. That was enough for Avs goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who was superb in rebounding from an off game Friday against Anaheim.

Benoit and Bordeleau grew up near Ottawa and both had a lot of family members and friends in the stands Sunday. Benoit, who is married to the daughter of Ottawa goalies coach Rick Wamsley, has four goals in nine games since the Olympic break. He has six goals overall, in 66 games.

"Knock on wood, I hope they keep going in," said Benoit, who played with the Senators last season before signing with the Avs as a free agent. "I've just tried to get in good spots and get good quality shots off, and lately they've been going in."

Benoit roofed a shot past Senators goalie Robin Lehner to finish an odd-man rush with Bordeleau and Max Talbot. Nick Holden scored a power-play goal during the third period as the Avs stayed in second place in the Central Division while reaching the 93-point mark.

"I was at the end of my shift. I was gassed," said Bordeleau, who added that he had about 100 family members and friends from his offseason home of Valleyfield, Ontario, at the game. "It was a great shot by Benny. It's nice. It's the first time most of my family has seen me play in the NHL in person."