DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Avalanche needed a period to find
their stride. Once they did, there was little the struggling St.
Louis Blues and their young goalie could do to stop them.
Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist each and
the Avalanche beat the Blues 4-1 Wednesday night, sending the
slumping Blues to their ninth straight loss
"We weren't what we needed to be against a team that can create
their own transition opportunities with some great speed and some
great scorers," new St. Louis coach Andy Murray said after his
second game. "They took advantage of all of those things after we
played a pretty good period."
Pierre Turgeon also had a goal an assist. Joe Sakic scored on
the power play, one of three goals for Colorado in the second
"I thought we were diligent and had to make plays around the
net," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "We got a power-play
goal to get us going, and everybody played well in today's game."
Peter Budaj stopped 25 shots for his second win in two games for
the Avalanche, who have won three of six.
Jamal Mayers scored the lone goal for St. Louis, 0-2 under
Jason Bacashihua made 41 saves, and Marek Schwarz had one stop
when he played briefly in the second period. Schwarz came in at
15:10 after Hejduk's goal and Bacashihua returned 2:17 later.
"We had guys that weren't as good as they needed to be,"
The Blues have earned only one standings point during the 0-8-1
skid that led to the firing of coach Mike Kitchen on Monday night.
Mayers gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 5:35 of the first period,
after Bacashihua kept Colorado at bay during the first three
minutes with several diving saves. He went across the crease to
deny Tyler Arnason and Turgeon.
Mayers converted a cross-ice pass from Jay McClement into his
fifth goal of the season.
"Everyone played well in front of me in the first period,"
Bacashihua said. "I can't tell you what happened in the second
Bacashihua didn't fare as well in the second period when Sakic,
Stastny and Hejduk scored. With the Avalanche on the power play,
Sakic sent a wrist shot by Bacashihua at 1:49 for his 14th goal.
"We came out strong in the first period, but had nothing to
show for it," Turgeon said. "The second period we played very
well, and coming out with two points was what we were looking
Stastny scored off a pass from behind the net from Turgeon at
3:25, and Hejduk made it 3-1 with a wrist shot from the left circle
that got past Bacashihua at 15:10.
"I pulled him to allow him to refocus and give our team a
break," Murray said of Bacashihua. "I wanted to indicate to him
that I wasn't faulting him and told him he would go in there and we
would play harder for him."
The Blues didn't. Colorado outshot them 20-10 in the period.
Turgeon made it 4-1 at 5:45 of the third period.<
^Notes@: Linesman Pierre Champoux left the game in the first period
with a back injury and didn't return. ... Bacashihua made his 17th
NHL start and 25th appearance. ... St. Louis is 2-5 on the second
of back-to-back games. ... Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville
(307-191-77-18) is the winningest coach in the history of the
Blues' franchise. ... Colorado D Patrice Brisbois played in his
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Arena: Pepsi Center Location: Denver, Colorado
Referees: Marc Joannette, Wes McCauley Linesmen: Steve Barton, Pierre Champoux
Attendance: 18,007 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Jamal Mayers (5)
Assist: Jay McClement
Joe Sakic (13)
(Power Play) Assists: Andrew Brunette, Paul Stastny
Paul Stastny (8)
Assists: Pierre Turgeon, Milan Hejduk
Milan Hejduk (10)
Assists: Brett McLean, Karlis Skrastins
Pierre Turgeon (3)
Assists: Marek Svatos, Ossi Vaananen