St. Louis
Blues
Colorado
Avalanche

25 SOG
25 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
STL
COL
  • Preview
  • Watch
  • Ice Tracker
  • Boxscore
  • Recap
  • photos (55)
game recap

Blues 3, Avalanche 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

Share with your Friends


Blues 3, Avalanche 2
St. Louis Blues 3, Colorado Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) - Evgeny Grachev is off to an impressive start with the St. Louis Blues.

Grachev notched his third goal in four preseason games, and Adam Cracknell and David Backes added scores to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

"He's finding a way to be effective, not only on the score sheet, but in a number of different areas, decisions on the ice with the puck, his defensive play," Blues coach Davis Payne said. "He's come here to make a statement to our organization after picking him up in a trade this summer and he's doing a very good job of it."

Grachev, a 21-year-old Russian who was acquired from the New York Rangers in exchange for a third-round draft pick, scored at 8:06 of the first period.

Jamie Langenbrunner backhanded a pass from behind the net to Grachev, who was waiting on the doorstep and poked the puck past goalie Semyon Varlamov.

The Blues added another goal at 5:02 of the third when Cracknell wristed a shot from the center of the right circle past Varlamov. It was the second goal of the preseason for Cracknell, who also had the tiebreaking score in St. Louis' 4-3 win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

The Blues got an empty-netter from Backes with just over 58 seconds remaining on a shot from the blue line following a Colorado turnover by Peter Mueller, who was playing in his first game in a year.

He missed all of last season after suffering a head blow in an exhibition game that brought on another concussion. Mueller also missed the final weeks of the previous season after incurring the initial concussion when he smashed into the boards in a game against San Jose on April 4, 2010.

Avalanche coach Joe Sacco shrugged off Mueller's mistake late in the game, saying he was encouraged by Mueller's overall play and the fact that he was on the ice mixing it up in a game.

"I thought he's coming along," Sacco said. "His game is progressing and heading in the right direction. Once he gets up to speed with his conditioning and his timing, I think he'll be fine."

Sacco added of Mueller, "He's competitive. I want to get him in situations again where he gets used to being out there when there is a minute left and we're down a goal, because he's a guy that's going to be out there when we're in those types of games."

Sacco also said after the game that right wing Brandon Yip suffered a broken forearm when he blocked a shot early in the third period. There was no immediate word on how long Yip would be out.

In addition, the Avalanche said that defenseman Jan Hejda would miss two to four weeks because of a knee injury suffered in an intrasquad game last week.

Paul Stastny scored for the Avalanche from up close 13 seconds later, but it wasn't enough and the Avalanche fell to 0-2 in exhibition play. St. Louis improved to 3-1.

The Avalanche were trailing 2-0 at 12:48 of the third period when rookie Tyson Barie ended Jake Allen's shutout bid with a shot from the top of the left circle that went under the goalie's right leg as he dropped to the ice. Barie also scored a goal in the Avalanche's preseason opener, a 5-2 loss in Dallas on Thursday night.

Allen made 23 saves and Varlamov had 22.

Cody McLeod of the Avalanche and the Blues' Ryan Reaves each served a five-minute major for fighting after dropping their gloves at center ice and pummeling each other with just over 11 seconds remaining in the second period.

Chris Stewart, who starred with Colorado before being sent to St. Louis in a midseason trade last season, did not play.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:06
STL
PPG - Evgeny Grachev (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jamie Langenbrunner (1), Alex Pietrangelo (1)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
05:02
STL
Adam Cracknell (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Stefan Della Rovere (1), Stephen MacAulay (1)
2 - 0 STL
12:48
COL
Tyson Barrie (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Cameron Gaunce (1), Milan Hejduk (1)
2 - 1 STL
19:01
STL
EN - David Backes (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 1 STL
19:15
COL
Paul Stastny (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Duchene (1), Stefan Elliott (1)
3 - 2 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:20
COL
Joel Chouinard  Hooking  - 2 min against  Evgeny Grachev
06:41
STL
David Backes  Roughing  - 2 min against  Cody McLeod
06:41
COL
Cody McLeod  Roughing  - 2 min against  David Backes
10:17
STL
Vladimir Sobotka  Hooking  - 2 min against  Cody McLeod
13:44
COL
Cody McLeod  Charging  - 2 min against  Ian Cole
2nd Period
05:25
COL
Cameron Gaunce  Tripping  - 2 min against  Ryan Reaves
15:05
STL
Ryan Reaves  Boarding  - 2 min against  Cody McLeod
19:48
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Ryan Reaves
19:48
STL
Ryan Reaves  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Cody McLeod
3rd Period
08:23
STL
Ian Cole  Interference  - 2 min against  Joel Chouinard
goalie stats
Jake Allen
SA: 25TOI: 59:47
GA: 2SV%: .920
Semyon Varlamov
Semyon Varlamov
SA: 24TOI: 58:41
GA: 2SV%: .917

 
TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Season Tickets
Half Season Plans
12-Game Plans
6-Game Plans
Group Tickets
Luxury Suites
My Account
NHL Ticket Exchange

TEAM
Team Roster
Prospects
Coaches
Front Office
Blues History
All-Time Player Roster
Chicago Wolves
Radio Network

SCHEDULE
2013-14 Regular Season
Schedule Downloads
Promotions/Giveaways

STATS
Player Stats
League Standings

NEWS
News
Features
Blue Note Insider Blog

MULTIMEDIA
Blues Mobile
Blues VideoCenter
Photo Galleries

FANZONE
Social Networks
E-mail Subscriptions
Bud Light Zone
Hot Deals for Cool Fans
Jr. BlueNote Kids Club
License Plates
STL Sports Hall of Fame
Youth Hockey All-Stars

COMMUNITY
Blues in the Community
Blues 14 Fund
50/50 Raffle Numbers

SHOP
Online Store
Blues Auctions
True Blues Authentics

stlouisblues.com is the official Web site of the St Louis Blues. St Louis Blues, stlouisblues.com and stlblues.com are trademarks of the St Louis Blues Hockey Club. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

PRIVACY POLICY | ADCHOICES | TERMS OF USE | EMPLOYMENT & INTERNSHIPS | GUEST EXPERIENCE SURVEY | CONTACT US