NHL Game Summary - Colorado at St. Louis|
(Saturday, February 11th)
Final Score: St. Louis 3, Colorado 2 (OT)
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - The Blues continue to pile up the wins and
points on home ice.
Carlo Colaiacovo scored the first goal since the opening period with 1:42 to
play in overtime, sending St. Louis to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado
Avalanche at cozy Scottrade Center.
Semyon Varlamov made a career-high 41 saves in his first start since January
31 at Edmonton, but the Colorado netminder couldn't turn away Patrik
Berglund's wrister from just inside the blue line that was redirected
in the high slot by Colaiacovo.
"I had a lot of chances tonight. I've been getting a lot of chances lately.
I'm just happy that one finally went in and it didn't take my stick to
put it in," said Colaiacovo, who admitted that he felt the puck glance off his
Brian Elliott stopped 17 shots for St. Louis, which extended its franchise-
record home point streak to 18 games (15-0-3). The Blues improved to 23-3-4 as
the host this season.
The Avalanche had won two in a row, including a dramatic win against Carolina
on Friday as Ryan O'Reilly scored with 1.2 seconds left in overtime.
Saturday's loss was the sixth in eight games for Colorado.
"The points are huge right now," said Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco. "We're
in a situation where we need as many as we can get down the stretch."
David Van Der Gulik won a faceoff back to Shane O'Brien and the veteran
defenseman beat Elliott with a slap shot from the left point at the 10-minute
David Perron, though, gave the Blues the lead with consecutive power-play
The Avalanche had killed off 13 straight penalties, but that streak ended when
Perron swept the puck through Varlamov at the left post at 12:12. He struck
again 4:05 later, this time on a two-man advantage.
But Colorado demonstrated the effectiveness of its power play, tying the game
on Erik Johnson's one-timer off a feed from O'Reilly with 50.2 seconds
It was the first power-play opportunity for the Avalanche in 164-plus minutes
after their previous two opponents (Carolina and Chicago) were not whistled
for a single infraction.
Milan Hejduk matched Adam Foote (967) for the second-most games played in
Avalanche/Nordiques history. Joe Sakic is the franchise leader with
1,378...T.J. Oshie assisted on both of Perron goals...The teams split the
four-game season series, with the home team going undefeated...Colorado has
lost three straight in St. Louis for the first time since November 2, 2006-
October 12, 2007...Colorado opened a four-game road trip on Saturday.
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