Colorado
Avalanche
43-30-9
St. Louis
Blues
21-46-15
SO
23 SOG
24 SOG
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game recap

Avalanche 2, Blues 1, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 2, Blues 1, SO
Colorado Avalanche 2, St. Louis Blues 1

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Milan Hejduk gave Colorado coach Joel Quenneville his first victory in St. Louis since he was fired by the Blues in February 2004.

Milan Hejduk scored the only goal in a shootout to lead the Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the Blues on Tuesday night.

"It's great to be back, I love it here in St. Louis," Quenneville said. "It was a special day. It's good to be back behind the bench coaching a game here."

David Aebischer made 23 saves for the victory, and Curtis Sanford stopped 22 shots for the Blues in their first home game since Feb. 4.

Christian Backman broke a scoreless tie 4:44 into the third period, whistling a slap shot from the top of the circle past a screened Aebischer. The goal came with Colorado's Kurt Sauer off for hooking.

Colorado tied it with just 5:28 left in regulation when Joe Sakic knocked in a loose puck off a rebound for his 22nd goal of the season. The rebound came after Sanford couldn't handle Alex Tanguay's shot from the right side.

"You knew it was going to be tight tonight," Sanford said. "We played well again tonight and they played well, too. It was like it was a playoff game out there."

Colorado broke a two-game losing streak in its second straight game without rookie Marek Svatos, the team's scoring leader who is out with a shoulder injury.

The first period was a quiet one for both teams. St. Louis outshot Colorado 7-5 and neither goalie was tested.

The second period was pretty much the same as the first. Colorado only had six shots at Sanford, and St. Louis fired eight at Colorado's Aebischer.

"We played pretty hard. We had a little trouble the first 50 minutes," Aebischer said. "We didn't really play our game, but in the end it was a (win) for us."

Notes: The Blues placed forwards Ryan Johnson, Vladimir Orszagh and defenseman Bryce Salvador on the injured reserve. Johnson broke his left foot Sunday in Vancouver and is expected to be out three to four weeks. Orszagh had an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee and also is expected to miss three to four weeks. Salvador has a sore right shoulder. ... Forward Jon DiSalvatore was recalled from Peoria of the AHL and center Petr Cajanek was taken off of injured reserve. ... Sakic remains one assist shy of 900.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:44
STL
PPG - Christian Backman (5) ASST: Dean McAmmond (15)
1 - 0 STL
14:31
COL
Joe Sakic (22) ASST: Alex Tanguay (46), John-Michael Liles (29)
1 - 1 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDCOLSTLTOTAL
1A. Laaksonen
J. McClement
0 - 0
2M. Hejduk
K. Tkachuk
1 - 0
3J. Sakic
D. Wideman
1 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
03:00
STL
Jay McClement  Tripping
03:37
STL
Barret Jackman  Delay of game
15:08
COL
Brett Clark  Interference
18:52
COL
Brett McLean  Hooking
2nd Period
02:54
COL
Pierre Turgeon  Holding
08:15
STL
Jon Disalvatore  Interference
11:47
COL
Alex Tanguay  Tripping
20:00
COL
Cody McCormick  Fighting (maj)
20:00
STL
Barret Jackman  Fighting (maj)
3rd Period
03:19
COL
Kurt Sauer  Hooking
06:39
STL
Christian Backman  Interference
09:06
STL
Scott Young  Interference
OT Period
04:51
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Interference
goalie stats
David Aebischer
David Aebischer
SA: 24TOI: 65:00
Saves: 23EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .958SH: 1 - 1
Curtis Sanford
SA: 23TOI: 65:00
Saves: 22EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .957SH: 2 - 2

 
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