DENVER (AP) — Valeri Nichushkin scored one in all Colorado’s three targets within the second interval and the Avalanche held on late to match the franchise document for factors in a season with a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday evening.
Erik Johnson and Josh Manson additionally scored within the second. Artturi Lehkonen added a aim simply 9 seconds into the third interval to make it 4-1. St. Louis rallied within the closing minutes, however Nazem Kadri ended the risk by scoring an empty-net aim with 46.2 seconds left.
The Avalanche have amassed 118 factors to tie the membership mark set by the 2000-01 squad that went on to win the Stanley Cup.
Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves to assist the Avalanche finish a four-game slide. Colorado has already wrapped up the highest seed within the Western Conference.
Ryan O’Reilly scored twice and Brandon Saad added a aim for a Blues crew that can face Minnesota within the first spherical of the playoffs, with residence ice between the 2 nonetheless to be decided. The Wild and Blues stay tied in factors.
It was the primary loss in regulation this month for the Blues. They’re now 12-1-2 in April.
Jordan Binnington appeared to have stick hassle all evening, shedding the deal with on it a number of instances. He completed with 29 saves.
O’Reilly scored twice in a 64-second span to make it 4-3. Kadri allowed the Avs to breathe simpler together with his twenty seventh aim of the season.
The Avalanche have been in a hunch since their nine-game successful streak was snapped. They had a prolonged assembly earlier than their morning skate Tuesday. The theme was to get again to their speedy, structure-oriented model of hockey.
“We’ve taken a dip. Now it’s time to get it back,” coach Jared Bednar stated. “Do what we’re supposed to do and the results will take care of itself.”
THAT WAS QUICK
Lehkonen’s aim equaled the third-fastest to begin a interval for the reason that franchise relocated to Denver, in accordance with the crew. The document is eight seconds by Antti Laaksonen within the first interval on Feb. 20, 2006, at Columbus. That mark was matched by Mikko Rantanen within the third interval on Jan. 4, 2020, at New Jersey.
Blues defenseman Marco Scandella made the save of the opening interval with Binnington off the ice for an additional skater on a delayed penalty name. The puck glanced off the skate of a St. Louis participant within the offensive finish and slid down the ice towards the web.
Skating onerous, Scandella dove to maintain the puck from moving into. He crashed into the web after which the boards earlier than slowly skating towards the bench.
In the third, Scandella favored his proper leg as he skated off the ice.
Goals by Johnson and Manson, together with an help from Samuel Girard, gave Colorado’s defensemen 235 factors this season. It’s essentially the most by a protection since Detroit had 240 in 1995-96.
Rantanen skated Tuesday morning. He’s missed the final 4 video games with a non-COVID-19 sickness. “He’s starting to get his energy back now,” Bednar stated. … Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog (knee surgical procedure) is unlikely to return for the common season, Bednar stated, however could possibly be prepared for the playoffs. … Blues LW David Perron was a late scratch with a lower-body harm … F Brayden Schenn missed a 3rd straight recreation.
Blues: Finish the common season Friday by internet hosting Vegas.
Avalanche: Host Nashville on Thursday earlier than winding up the common season Friday at Minnesota.
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