Game Report: Blues 3, Avalanche 0

By Nicholas Hand

The Blues snapped a five-game losing streak with a decisive win over the Avalanche in Colorado on Sunday night.

Paul Stastny, Kyle Brodziak and Patrik Berglund scored for the Blues and Jake Allen made 27 saves for his third shutout of the season and 14th of his NHL career.

The win moved the Blues ahead of the Los Angeles Kings by a point and currently has St. Louis holding the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference with 69 points. The Blues also hold a game in hand over the Kings.

The Blues grabbed an early lead less than four minutes into the contest on a power play goal by Stastny.

Vladimir Tarasenko started the sequence with a strong play keeping possession of the puck in the offensive zone and sending a pass to Alex Pietrangelo.

Pietrangelo recognized a passing lane across the slot to Jaden Schwartz who quickly sent the puck to Stastny on the other side of the crease with an open net for his 17th goal of the season.

Less than two minutes later, the Blues fourth line doubled the lead on Brodziak’s eighth goal of the season.

Brodziak, a healthy scratch in the Blues previous game, found the puck on the door step following a strong forecheck by Scottie Upshall and Ryan Reaves behind the net. Brodziak beat Colorado goaltender Jeremy Smith on a quick shot at 5:33.

The Blues started the second period slow but failed to give up a goal against with Allen making nine second period saves.

The Blues extended their lead to 3-0 with another power play goal at 10:11 of the middle period on Berglund’s 18th goal of the season.

Colton Parayko picked off a shorthanded clearing attempt by the Avalanche and flipped the puck over to Berglund for a one-timer that squeaked through Smith’s pads.

Of Note:
Tarasenko has gone five games without a goal… The Blues power play has remained strong without the services of Kevin Shattenkirk with Pietrangelo taking his spot on the first unit. St. Louis was 2-for-4 on the power play Sunday… Blues center Jori Lehtera logged only 11:19 of ice-time on Sunday, one of his lowest ice-time totals of the season… Rookies Ivan Barbashev and Zach Sanford were healthy scratches for the Blues along with Robert Bortuzzo and Dmitrij Jaskin … Defenseman Jordan Schmaltz made his Blues debut

Looking Ahead:
The Blues travel to Minnesota to face the Wild on Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center.