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Avalanche Vs. Blues Recap: Two Goal Leads Can Actually be ok in Hockey.

Blues hold the Avs to just 18 shots in 3-1 win.

Colorado Avalanche v St Louis Blues Photo by Joe Puetz/NHLI via Getty Images

Blues Lineup:

Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko

Alexander Steen - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron

Sammy Blais - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas

Mackenzie MacEachern - Ivan Barbashev - Oskar Sundqvist

Defense -

Colton Parayko - Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester - Justin Faulk

Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo

Goaltender

Jordan Binnington

Game Highlights:

First Period -

Midway through the first period, Brayden Schenn put the Blues on the board. Former Blue GD it Ian Cole got sent to the box for interference. With the Blues still on the power play, Vince Dunn got the puck over to Schenn. Schenn waited patiently for his chance and took it. The puck rocketed past Avs’ starter Philipp Grubauer and gave the Blues a 1-0 lead.

Moments later, the Avs scored a power play goal of their own. In the final seconds of a 5 on 3 Nathan MacKinnon scored from the slot. Not sure if Binnington saw it, as there was a lot of traffic between him and MacKinnon. Nevertheless, the Avs tied the game at one aside.

Despite the Blues committing five (yes) five penalties, the score was all tied at one after one. Shots on goal in the first were all tied as well at 9 a piece.

Second Period -

The Blues scored their second goal of the evening off of the stick of David Perron. On a delayed penalty, the Blues passed the puck around. Vladimir Tarasenko found an open Perron and Perron fired the shot and scored. 2-1 good guys.

Tarasenko again found himself on the score sheet in this one as he potted the Blues third goal of the night. Jaden Schwartz bounced the puck off of the boards. The puck went right to a waiting Tarasenko and Tarasenko shot the puck on goal. Grubauer almost stopped the shot, but the puck trickled in and just like that the Blues had a dreaded two goal lead.

The Avs finished the period with a wopping one shot on goal.

Third Period -

Nothing happened but a Blues complete shutdown of the Avs. And they held on to a two goal lead late in the game. It was the best 60 minutes the Blues have played so far this season. Up next for the Blues is the Kings on Thursday night.

Shots - 25 to 18 in favor of the Blues.

From the Tweet Box:

Also from the second period that I somehow glossed over:

Captain’s post game comments.