NHL Update: Colorado Avalanche beat St. Louis Blues, 4-3

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NHL Update: Colorado Avalanche beat St. Louis Blues, 4-3

Brandon Yip lit the lamp twice as Colorado Avalanche held on to take 4-3 victory over St. Louis Blues, at Pepsi Centre on Monday night.

Ryan Stoa scored the game-winning goal for Colorado, which halted a two-game skid and won for the third time in its previous five contests. Peter Budaj turned aside 21 shots for Avalanche, which has won six consecutive play-offs over Blues. Kevin Shattenkirk also tallied a power-play goal for the winners.

"It was huge, I think, not only just scoring goals, just playing the right way," Right Winger Brandon Yip said. "I think everyone did that tonight. We showed a great effort, it's a team win."

Eric Brewer and David Backes found the net for St. Louis, which fell to 2-7-2 in January. Brad Boyes earned three helpers and Jaroslav Halak finished with 28 saves. Jay McClement also notched a goal for Blues in the loss.

Following a goalless first period, both teams combined for four goals in the middle period.

Yip got Colorado on the board for a 1-0 lead just 1 ½ minute into the second period. The credit for this goal also goes to defenseman Ryan Wilson, who controlled the puck into the Blues zone and passed it to Yip, who beat Halak with a slap shot along the ice.

“I thought Yip had a strong game tonight,” said Colorado coach Joe Sacco. “When he plays with that intensity, he’s an effective player. You get rewarded when you work hard, when you do things right.”

McClement staked Blues on the board to tie the game at 1-1 in the eighth minute of middle stanza, as he ripped a wrist shot off the top bar for his sixth goal of the season. The play was reviewed just to confirm if the puck indeed went in, before awarding the goal.

Just few moments later, Brewer gave Blues a one-goal edge 2-1. He took a pass from Boyes, snuck in from his point position and knocked the puck home.

Yip pulled Avalanche even at 2-2 on the power-play with three minutes left in the second period, as he moved around the net and buried in a shot between the post and goalie’s right pad.

Yip sacrificed a little blood for the sake of his team as well, as Boyes hit Yip with an errant stick. Avalanche took advantage on a double-minor penalty in eighth minute of the final session. Shattenkirk faked a shot to avoid Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and fired a wrist shot from the left circle that went over the right shoulder of Halak, giving Colorado a lead it did not surrender.

“We gained a little bit of momentum off that,” Shattenkirk said.

Stoa gave Avalanche a two-goal edge 4-2 just 44 seconds later, as his wrist shot squirted through Halak’s pads. Tyson Strachan appeared to clear the puck from the goal line and the goal was waved off, but a video review determined that the puck completely crossed the goal line.

Moments later, Budaj preserved Colorado’s lead as he turned away Philippe Dupuis' empty-net bid, while Blues pulled Halak for an extra attacker.

However, Backes drew Blues within a goal to make it 4-3 game with 1 ½ minute left in the final stanza, as he slammed a rebound into the net. Blues continued to put pressure over the final 30 seconds for the equalizer, but to no avail.

“We showed a lot of good character, showed a lot of good things and it’s a step in the right direction,” Backes said. “But steps in the right direction don’t get you any points in the standings.”


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