NHL Game Summary - Colorado at St. Louis |
(Thursday, February 12th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, St. Louis 0
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - David Aebischer stopped 29 shots to record
his fourth shutout of the season, as the Colorado Avalanche blanked the
reeling St. Louis Blues, 4-0, at the Savvis Center.
Peter Forsberg, Alex Tanguay and Steve Konowalchuk each posted a goal and an
assist, while Derek Morris also added a goal for the Avalanche, who earned at
least a point for the 11th straight game (6-0-3-2).
"He's played great all year," Morris said of Aebischer. "Even when he thinks
he's played bad, he hasn't. He's been the key to why we win a lot of games. He
should have been an All-Star. He's proving each night he should have been."
Chris Osgood stopped 20 of 24 shots he faced in net for St. Louis, which has
just one victory in its last 11 games (1-9-1).
Forsberg opened the scoring 3:42 into the contest when he deposited the
rebound of an Adam Foote blast from the point past a helpless Osgood.
The Blues dodged a bullet with just under eight minutes left in the first,
when the puck hit a separation along the left boards on a dump-in by the
Avalanche, and kicked out toward the net. Osgood, who left the net to play
the puck, had to scramble to get back.
Forsberg and Joe Sakic each had whacks at the puck from in close, but
Forsberg's shot was stopped by a sprawling Petr Cajanek. Even though Sakic's
ensuing shot on the rebound made it through the mass of bodies in front and
over the goal line, the officials ruled no goal.
Colorado grabbed a two-goal lead midway through the second period when Sakic
zipped a pass out to the right point, where Morris cranked a slap shot that
appeared to be wide of the net. But the shot deflected off Christian Backman's
skates in front, and ricocheted through Osgood's five-hole.
"We're just waiting to break out," Osgood said. "We're trying to stay
positive, but we lost again and it's tough to be upbeat, to be positive. But
we have to try to keep our heads up."
With 5:08 remaining in the second, the Avalanche went ahead 3-0 on a power-
play goal by Tanguay. Forsberg caught up with a loose puck near the Blues'
blue line at the right boards, and carried it in on Osgood. Forsberg got a
point-blank shot off, but Osgood stopped it. Milan Hejduk swept in from the
left and tried to control the puck, but couldn't. However, the disc found its
way over to Tanguay on the right doorstep, and he buried the shot.
The game's final score came with less than six minutes remaining, when
Konowalchuk skated down the left side, near the boards, and took a shot that
hit a defenseman in front and ricocheted past Osgood on the glove side.
The season series between the clubs is tied 1-1-1...This was Aebischer's 10th
career shutout...Despite recording at least a point in 11 straight games, this
was just the second victory in six tilts (2-0-2-2) for the Avs...The Blues are
2-2-2 in the last six meetings with Colorado, but the Avs hold a 6-2-2 mark
over the last 10 matchups...The Avalanche are 8-3-1 in their last 12 trips to
St. Louis...The Blues have lost four straight home games...Colorado is
21-1-2-1 when leading after two periods...New Blues defenseman Eric Weinrich,
who was acquired from Philadelphia earlier this week, made his debut with the
team...Sakic had two assists, his 37th and 38th of the year.
02/13 00:37:38 ET