NHL Game Summary - Colorado at St. Louis|
(Friday, October 12th)
Final Score: St. Louis 4, Colorado 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Jay McClement had the go-ahead tally in
the third period and Dan Hinote scored a pair of goals as the St. Louis Blues
beat the Colorado Avalanche, 4-1, at Scottrade Center.
Brad Boyes also lit the lamp and Manny Legace finished with 24 saves for St.
Louis, which dropped its season opener to Phoenix on October 4, but has
rebounded with three consecutive wins.
Paul Stastny had the lone goal for Colorado, while Jose Theodore made his 2007
debut after undergoing offseason knee surgery, stopping 19-of-23 shots.
Stastny, who was named the NHL's first Star of the Week this past Monday, has
five goals and four assists in Colorado's first four games. He had a hat trick
against Dallas in the season opener, then recorded a career-best five points
(one goal, four assists) on October 7 against San Jose.
St. Louis took the lead just 1:14 into the game, as Keith Tkachuk bounced the
puck off the left boards and down the ice, where it was picked up by Paul
Kariya. Theodore then blocked Kariya's shot, before Boyes knocked the rebound
over the netminder's left pad.
The Avs quickly tied it less than three minutes later when Stastny's slow
wrister banked off the skate of Kariya and slipped past Legace's skate.
The Blues had just two shots on goal in the second period, despite having
three power-play opportunities, but exploded for three goals in the final
McClement lit the lamp with the go-ahead goal just 4:57 into the third, as
David Backes came from behind the net and threw a shot at Theodore. Lee
Stempniak, camped in front of the crease, then appeared to knock home his own
rebound for the 2-1 lead, before the goal was finally credited to McClement on
Hinote followed that up with a tally a little more than a minute later, giving
the Blues a two-goal cushion, as Jamal Mayers shoveled the puck towards the
front of the net before Hinote knocked the loose disc over the goal line.
He also scored the game's final goal on a tip-in, with the assists going to
Ryan Johnson and Dave Perron with 4:01 left.
Hinote was a healthy scratch the last two games...The Blues are 3-1-0 for the
first time since 1997-98...Kariya has scored a point in all four
games...Perron made his NHL debut. The 19-year-old was drafted by the Blues
with the 26th overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft in June...Theodore dropped
to 0-4 lifetime against the Blues...The Blues went 3-1 against Colorado last
season...The Avs have dropped their last three trips to St. Louis.
10/12 23:37:49 ET