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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at St. Louis



(Tuesday, March 16th)

Final Score: Colorado 5, St. Louis 3

St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Peter Mueller continued his hot play for his new team, tallying two goals and an assist to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.

Mueller has tallied at least a point in each of his seven games with the Avs after being acquired from Phoenix and eight straight overall as Colorado swept the four-game season series with St. Louis.

"The more chances, the more confident I get," Mueller said. "Colorado gave me that chance."

Paul Stastny also has an eight-game point streak after he had a goal and two assists, and Chris Stewart added a goal and an assist in the win.

Milan Hejduk contributed with a goal, while Peter Budaj made 36 saves in Colorado's third straight win.

Alexander Steen, Patrik Berglund and David Perron scored for the Blues, who have lost two straight and were coming off a 4-2-0 road trip. Erik Johnson registered two assists, and Chris Mason stopped only 21-of-26 shots in defeat.

Steen scored just eight seconds into the game, tying a St. Louis franchise record. Barret Jackson raced down the left side of the ice and flicked the puck toward the net. Steen was there to slam home the rebound.

Mueller was able to equalize the game with a power play goal at the 14:19 mark, and Hejduk gave Colorado its first lead with his 19th goal of the season three minutes later.

The Blues struck quickly in the second period, as well, as Berglund took a feed out in front and sent it into an open net for a power play tally 34 seconds into the frame.

Like St. Louis' first goal, the Avs responded with two. Stastny put the visitors ahead with a wrister at the 7:14 mark, and Mueller scored again 89 seconds later for a 4-2 advantage.

Perron brought the Blues to within 4-3 with 8:54 remaining in the middle frame, but scoring cooled down from there. Budaj made a total of 14 saves in the second period, then stopped all 14 in the third to preserve the victory.

Stewart's snap shot after a nifty backhand-to-forehand move with 2:46 left in the third extended the Colorado lead to two and essentially sealed the win.

"We had the right guys get the right looks," Blues head coach Davis Payne said. "We thought the dam would crack, but it didn't. They blocked enough and their goaltender made enough saves."

Game Notes

The Blues, who are 20-11-4 on the road, are just 12-17-5 at home...Colorado is 18-13-4 on the road...The Avs were without Cody McLeod and Stephane Yelle, both of whom sat out with leg injuries...The Blues sit seven points behind Detroit for the final playoff spot in the West...Mason has given up 18 goals in four games against Colorado this season.

03/17 00:30:17 ET


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