NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Colorado|
(Sunday, April 21st)
Final Score: Colorado 5, St. Louis 3
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist as the
Colorado Avalanche took down the St. Louis Blues, 5-3, in the opener of a
Cody McLeod, Matt Duchene and Chuck Kobasew each scored a goal for the
Avalanche, who have won eight straight at home against St. Louis.
"It was nice to get one right before the end of the (first) period," McGinn
said. "It's a momentum-shifter and a booster for the locker room. We could
feel the energy in here and the energy in the crowd tonight, and we wanted to
build off it."
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 29 saves for Colorado, which went 2-1-1 on a four-
David Backes had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who came into the game
needing just one point to clinch a playoff spot. Jaden Schwartz and Kevin
Shattenkirk also lit the lamp.
Brian Elliott stopped 15-of-19 shots before being pulled for St. Louis, which
sits sixth in the Western Conference. Jake Allen turned aside 11-of-12 shots
"We just didn't play as good as a team. That's not how we wanted to play and
obviously it's frustrating not getting a win and clinching a playoff spot like
we had a chance to do tonight, so that's what's frustrating," Elliott said.
The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead at the 11:48 mark of the first period when Aaron
Palushaj's shot from the bottom of the left circle deflected off McGinn's
skate and into the net.
Just over a minute later, Backes accepted a pass from Jay Bouwmeester before
beating Giguere with a wrist shot.
McLeod put Colorado back in front with 54.3 seconds left in the opening frame.
Stefan Elliott's backhander from the bottom of the right circle was knocked in
McGinn gave the Avalanche a 3-1 lead with a power-play goal at the 3:10 mark
of the middle stanza.
At the 6:49 mark, Schwartz's slap shot from the top of the left circle cut the
gap to 3-2.
Duchene scored from a sharp angle at the 17:23 mark to make it 4-2 Colorado.
Shattenkirk scored from the right point at the 8:04 mark of the third period
to get the Blues within 4-3, but Kobasew lit the lamp for the Avalanche at
St. Louis went 14-9-1 on the road this season ... Avalanche defenseman Erik
Johnson missed his fourth straight game with a hand injury.
04/22 00:53:47 ET