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Colorado
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43-30-9

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36 SOG
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game recap

Avalanche 6, Blues 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 6, Blues 1
St. Louis Blues 1, Colorado Avalanche 6

DENVER (AP) - Marek Svatos plays in the shadows of more publicized rookies Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. That hasn't kept the Colorado Avalanche forward from matching them goal-for-goal.

Svatos had his second three-goal game and David Aebischer stopped 27 shots to help the Avalanche win their fifth straight game, 6-1 over St. Louis on Monday night.

"It is a special crop of rookies this year and I think everybody has a strong case with how well they are playing and the consideration they are getting," Colorado coach Joel Quennville said. "Being aware of Svatos on a regular basis, he is deserving of some attention and consideration based on how consistent he has been.'

Ovechkin and Svatos lead NHL rookies with 25 goals. Crosby has 21.

"I am not tracking the other rookies, but I read the newspaper," Svatos said. "I know Ovechkin has 25, so it was nice to catch him.

Svatos has five goals in three games, 25 for the season and four multigoal games. He also had a hat trick Oct. 10 against Calgary.

"They are great players and they are the best players on their teams, so they deserve a lot of ice time," Svatos said. "The biggest issue for me is my defensive play, and I'm trying to work on it and get better at it so I can play on the penalty kill."

Patrice Brisebois, Andrew Brunette and Alex Tanguay added goals for the Avalanche. The winning streak is Colorado's longest since a six-game run Jan. 30-Feb. 11, 2003.

Simon Gamache scored the lone goal for St. Louis, 4-6-0-1 in its last 11 games. Jason Bacashihua made 30 saves and the Blues were 0-for-7 on the power play.

"There are times we seem to be turning the corner," St. Louis center Doug Weight said. "Then we play games like this where we were down right embarrassing."

Brisebois and Svatos scored 1:11 apart in the first period to put Colorado ahead 2-0. With teams playing 4-on-4, Brisebois took a pass from Brett Clark and sent a slap shot from the right point off the right post and into the net at 13:40.

The Avalanche went on the power play seconds later when Ian Laperriere returned from a roughing penalty. Bacashihua stopped Rob Blake's slap shot from the slot, but Svatos jumped on the rebound and sent it past Bacashiua's glove at 14:51.

"He is pretty resilient in that area," Quennville said. "He doesn't need much of an opportunity to get it away, and he can be really tricky there."

St. Louis had chances to score early in the second period, but came up empty. Jamal Mayers hit the right post on a breakaway 2 minutes into the period.

The Blues managed only one shot on Aebischer in a 45-second, 5-on-3 advantage. They had only three shots on the combined penalties to Brad Richardson and Milan Hejduk.

Svatos scored his second goal of the game on a one-timer from the slot at 8:35 of the second period, and completed the hat trick with 6:35 left in the third.

"There isn't anything unusual about Svatos," Bacashihua said. "He's a goal scorer who scores when he gets his stick on the puck."

Notes: Colorado recalled F Brad Richardson from Lowell of AHL. ... St. Louis C Doug Weight had the Blues' best scoring chance of the first period, but sent a backhander over the wide-open net. ... Colorado C Pierre Turgeon is expected to miss at least three weeks because of a strained shoulder.

scoring summary
1st Period
13:40
COL
Patrice Brisebois (7) ASST: Brett Clark (14), Brett McLean (13)
1 - 0 COL
14:51
COL
PPG - Marek Svatos (23) ASST: Rob Blake (23), Alex Tanguay (32)
2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
08:35
COL
PPG - Marek Svatos (24) ASST: Alex Tanguay (33), John-Michael Liles (19)
3 - 0 COL
3rd Period
09:51
COL
Andrew Brunette (12) ASST: Rob Blake (24), John-Michael Liles (20)
4 - 0 COL
11:42
STL
Simon Gamache (3) ASST: Doug Weight (27), Bryce Salvador (4)
4 - 1 COL
13:25
COL
Marek Svatos (25) ASST: Brad Richardson (1), Cody McCormick (2)
5 - 1 COL
16:57
COL
Alex Tanguay (18) ASST: Andrew Brunette (20)
6 - 1 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:48
STL
Steve Poapst  Holding against  Andrew Brunette
09:28
STL
Doug Weight  Tripping against  Antti Laaksonen
11:48
COL
Ian Laperriere  Roughing against  Jeff Hoggan
13:32
STL
Eric Brewer  Roughing against  Dan Hinote
2nd Period
02:27
COL
Brad Richardson  Interference against  Mark Rycroft
03:41
COL
Milan Hejduk  Hi-sticking against  Doug Weight
08:22
STL
Eric Brewer  Holding against  Brad Richardson
08:48
COL
Robert Boughner  Fighting (maj) against  Barret Jackman
08:48
STL
Barret Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  Robert Boughner
09:21
COL
Joe Sakic  Tripping against  Jeff Hoggan
11:24
STL
Simon Gamache  Interference against  Patrice Brisebois
13:25
STL
Scott Young  Hooking against  Brad Richardson
13:37
COL
Marek Svatos  Hooking against  Eric Weinrich
19:53
COL
Karlis Skrastins  Holding against  Dallas Drake
20:00
STL
Mike Sillinger  Tripping against  Dan Hinote
3rd Period
02:18
COL
Milan Hejduk  Holding the stick
11:29
COL
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  Dallas Drake
11:29
STL
Dallas Drake  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
13:49
COL
Patrice Brisebois  Fighting (maj) against  Jeff Hoggan
13:49
STL
Jeff Hoggan  Fighting (maj) against  Patrice Brisebois
goalie stats
Jason Bacashihua
SA: 36TOI: 59:56
Saves: 30EV: 19 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .833SH: 5 - 5
David Aebischer
David Aebischer
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .964SH: 2 - 2

 
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