Colorado
Avalanche
32-45-5
St. Louis
Blues
41-31-10

24 SOG
23 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
COL
STL
game recap

Blues 4, Avalanche 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:51 AM

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) -Fifteenth in the Western Conference standings, the St. Louis Blues are still trying to earn one of the eight playoff spots.

Brad Boyes had a goal and an assist in a 31-second span of the second period, and Chris Mason made 23 saves to help the Blues beat Colorado 4-1 on Saturday night.

"It's going to be a dogfight every game," Blues defenseman Barret Jackman said. "We just want to give ourselves a chance. You never know what can happen."

David Perron also had a goal and added an assist, and T.J. Oshie and Keith Tkachuk added goals. The Blues have earned points in nine of their last 10 games, going 6-1-3. Mason improved to 4-1-2 in his last six starts.

Chris Stewart scored for Colorado, just a point ahead of the Blues in the standings.

The Blues, who entered the second period down by a goal, scored three times in the first 4:51 of the period.

"We had a really good first period," Avs coach Tony Granato said. "Then, we made a couple mistakes early in the second period and the puck went in the net and gave them all sorts of momentum."

Stewart opened the scoring 11:56 into the first, beating Mason with a backhander following a behind-the-back backhand pass from Wojtek Wolski. Colorado took advantage of Tyson Strachan's giveaway near center ice on an outlet pass from his own zone.

"The first period was ours," Granato said. "The second period was more theirs and that's where the game was taken over and won."

The Blues scored three times in the second to grab a 3-1 lead.

"If we needed a script tonight as how not to play and how to play, it would be the difference between the first and second period," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "The first period, we tried to play like the Russian Red Army team, finesse our way through the neutral zone and in the second and third period, we played with the lineup we have and played the kind of game we're capable of playing."

Oshie redirected Jeff Woywitka's slap shot past Peter Budaj 56 seconds into the period to tie it. Tkachuk notched his 16th of the season at 4:20 off a feed from Boyes, who stole the puck from Colorado defenseman Jordan Leopold and fed Tkachuk in the left circle. Tkachuk ripped a slap shot over Budaj. Boyes scored at 4:51 with a backhander.

Perron took a feed from David Backes in the slot and snapped a shot over Budaj's left shoulder 49 seconds into the third to give St. Louis a 4-1 lead and a stranglehold on the game.

"Obviously, you'd rather have a three-goal lead than a two-goal lead," Backes said. "It's a sign that we weren't sitting back and letting them take the game to us."

Notes: G Manny Legace, placed on waivers Friday by the Blues, went unclaimed and has been assigned to Peoria of the AHL. He will report Monday. ... Avs F Milan Hejduk had a four-game goal-scoring streak snapped Saturday. He had five goals in that stretch. ... Tkachuk has 25 goals and 52 points in 51 career games against the Avs. ... Blues F David Backes and Avs F Cody McLeod are the only players in the league that have 10 or more goals (Backes 17, McLeod 12), more than 100 penalty minutes (Backes 129, McLeod 112) and more than 100 hits (Backes 129, McLeod 130). ... Mason has stopped 138 of the last 142 shots he has faced over the last seven games. ... The Blues have killed off 35 of the last 36 penalties against them.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:56
COL
Chris Stewart (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Wojtek Wolski (20), Ryan Smyth (26)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
00:56
STL
T.J. Oshie (7) Tip-in - ASST: Jeff Woywitka (12), David Backes (12)
1 - 1 Tie
04:20
STL
Keith Tkachuk (16) Slapshot - ASST: Brad Boyes (23)
2 - 1 STL
04:51
STL
Brad Boyes (23) Backhand shot - ASST: Steve Wagner (2), David Perron (28)
3 - 1 STL
3rd Period
00:49
STL
David Perron (6) Wrist shot - ASST: David Backes (13), Alexander Steen (13)
4 - 1 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
18:47
COL
Ruslan Salei  Interference against  Jay McClement
2nd Period
02:02
STL
Tyson Strachan  Interference against  Darcy Tucker
07:21
COL
Jordan Leopold  Hooking against  Jay McClement
09:12
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Hooking against  Scott Hannan
13:08
COL
Darcy Tucker  Hooking against  Jay McClement
17:44
STL
Brad Boyes  Holding against  Ruslan Salei
19:45
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
19:45
COL
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
3rd Period
05:29
STL
David Perron  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
05:54
COL
Ryan Smyth  Tripping against  Barret Jackman
19:29
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Delaying Game-Puck over glass against  Cody McLeod
19:29
STL
Brad Winchester  Roughing against  Cody McLeod
19:29
COL
Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Brad Winchester
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
16-21-1
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 15 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .826SH: 0 - 0
Chris Mason
SA: 24TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .958SH: 0 - 0

 
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