NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Colorado
(Wednesday, December 13th)
Final Score: Colorado 4, St. Louis 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Peter Budaj made 25 saves and Colorado scored four unanswered goals to defeat the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, at the Pepsi Center.
Rookie Paul Stastny, Pierre Turgeon and Milan Hejduk all had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have won two straight and three of their last four games overall.
Jamal Mayers scored the lone goal for the slumping Blues, who have lost the first two games with new head coach Andy Murray behind the bench, and nine straight overall. Murray replaced Mike Kitchen, who was fired on Monday, and lost 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.
"I addressed with the team that we need to change things," said Murray. "We need to change the team culture. We can't be as inconsistent with individual players as we have been. We can't turn pucks over and our transition game needs improving."
St. Louis goaltender Jason Bacashihua allowed four goals on 45 shots and was replaced by rookie Marek Schwarz near the end of the second period. Schwarz finished the game with one save as Bacashihua re-entered the contest at the start of the third.
The Blues went up 1-0 just 5:35 after the opening faceoff on a goal by Mayers, his fifth of the campaign.
Colorado tallied three goals in the second period to take control of the contest.
"We came out strong in the second period and that was the key," said Turgeon.
Joe Sakic tied the game at 1-1 for the Avalanche, scoring his 14th goal of the season 1:49 into the second stanza. Andrew Brunette set up behind the St. Louis net and dished the puck to Sakic in the right circle. Sakic then shifted into the slot and quickly snapped a wrister through the pads of Bacashihua.
Colorado made it 2-1 after Stastny scored less than two minutes after Sakic. Turgeon hit Stastny with a pass in front and he one-timed the feed past Bacashihua on his stick side.
With 4:50 left in the second, Hejduk's 10th goal of the season gave the Avs a two-goal lead. From the left circle, Hejduk unleashed a wrister that sailed past Bacashihua on the near side. Bacashihua was replaced by Schwarz for the remainder of the second, but did come back into the game for the third period.
Turgeon's third goal of season gave Colorado a three-goal advantage 5:45 into the final frame. From the left circle, Turgeon ripped a snap shot that beat Bacashihua high on the glove side.
Sakic has nine points over his last four games...Colorado defenseman Patrice Brisebois played in his 900th career game in the NHL...Brunette has five assists over his last five games...Mayers' goal was his first tally in the last eight games.
12/13 23:51:41 ET