With the win, Colorado improved to 6-3-2 on the road.
"We played a strong game, we worked as a team and scored timely
goals,'' Avalanche coach Bob Hartley said. "I felt we controlled
the play tonight.''
The Avalanche ended a three-game winless streak (0-1-2) and
extended their winning streak in St. Louis to five games.
Pavol Demitra scored for the Blues, who haven't beaten the
Avalanche in St. Louis since Feb. 25, 2000. The loss snapped a
two-game home winning streak for St. Louis, which has lost five of
its last eight overall since it went on a nine-game winning streak.
"I thought we played a solid game and did a lot of good
things,'' Roy said. "We've realized we can't force the play, and
tonight we made the most of our chances.''
Blues coach Joel Quenneville said his team was overwhelmed by
"I thought we got outplayed physically the last two periods,''
Quenneville said. "For whatever reason, in the second we were on
our heels and letting them come at us.''
Colorado controlled the puck most of the second period, and
Messier gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead at 7:03 of the period when he
slipped the puck past Tom Barrasso. The goal was the third of the
season for Messier, and his first since Oct. 27 against Minnesota.
"You can't give a team that much time with the puck because
they've got a lot of very, very skilled players,'' Barrasso said.
"That is a very good hockey team, just look at their lineup.''
St. Louis scored the first goal of the game at 7:05 of the
first. With Colorado's Alex Tanguay in the penalty box for
goaltender interference, Demitra redirected Al MacInnis' shot past
Sakic tied it for Colorado at 18:50 of the second period. He was
left alone in front of Barrasso and took a pass from Adam Foote.
Sakic put the puck just beneath the crossbar for his 13th of the
"We had some guys who made great plays for us tonight,'' Sakic
"We got goaltending that was good enough to win most games,''
MacInnis said. "We didn't generate enough offense, and we've got
to throw pucks at the net and crash the net.''
Hejduk's goal, his 10th of the season, came on the power play at
5:16 of the third. Derek Morris gave Hejduk a cross-ice pass that
caught Barrasso out of position. Hejduk put the puck into the open
"We've blown a lot of leads this year and today we played a
solid third period,'' Sakic said.
Roy has started six of Colorado's last seven games, and is 2-2-2
during that span.
Barrasso, who made his fourth start since signing as a free
agent on Nov. 4, stopped 27 shots. He is 1-2-1 on the season.
"I thought Barrasso played real well tonight,'' Sakic said.
"He was in good position and he was pretty quick out there.''
St. Louis' attendance continues to be down from last
season. Through 10 games, the Blues only had three sellouts and
were averaging about 1,000 less fans. ... Brian Willsie and Steve
Moore made their season debuts for Colorado on Saturday. ...
Avalanche defenseman Martin Skoula has gone 19 games without a goal
despite taking 26 shots. ... Steve Dubinsky was not in uniform
Saturday for St. Louis after being called up from Worcester. ...
The Blues' line of Cory Stillman, Doug Weight and Eric Boguniecki
has scored 21 points in the team's last nine games. ... Colorado
forwards Vaclav Nedorost and Steve Reinprecht were not in uniform
due to injuries suffered in Thursday's game with Nashville.
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Arena: Scottrade Center Location: Saint Louis, Missouri
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Kevin Pollock Linesmen: Greg Devorski, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 19,344 (101.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Pavol Demitra (4)
(Power Play) Assists: Al MacInnis, Scott Mellanby
Joe Sakic (11)
Assists: Adam Foote, Derek Morris
Eric Messier (3)
Assists: Mike Keane, Jeff Shantz
Milan Hejduk (10)
(Power Play) Assists: Derek Morris, Peter Forsberg