Well, this is a night to quickly forget for the Colorado Avalanche. A 6-1 loss in St. Louis is not the way they envisioned their three-game road trip starting… but unfortunately that is the reality of what has transpired.
Captain Gabriel Landeskog thought it was a good idea to drop the gloves with Brayden Schenn off the opening face-off, but it didn’t seem to get his team going as he probably hoped for, as the Avs still came out flat in the first period, only registering 8 shots on goal versus St. Louis’ 13.
The Blues got the scoring going first when Schenn scored his 22nd goal on the power play at 6:41 of the first period, and ended up taking that 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
Gabriel Bourque quickly tied the game up just 2:50 into the second period, unassisted — but that did not change the momentum, as the Blues scored three goals from Ivan Barbashev, Brayden Schenn and Kyle Brodziak in the next five minutes of the game to make it a 4-1 game. Later in the period, St. Louis captain Alex Pietrangelo scored his ninth goal of the year to make it a 5-1 game after two periods.
Former Avalanche center Paul Stastny scored his 12th goal of the season in the third period to make it the eventual 6-1 final score.
Both Avs’ goaltenders saw about equal playing time tonight, as starter Jonathan Bernier was pulled after the Blues third goal, replaced by Semyon Varlamov.
Bernier allowed three goals, stopping 17-of-20 shots he faced, while Varly stopped 8-of-11, also allowing three goals. The loss went to Bernier who is now 16-10-2 on the season.
The big story of this game is that the Blues only had two power plays, scoring their first goal on one of them; while the Avs went an abysmal 0-for-5 on the power play. This is something that needs to be fixed going into the weekend games against Carolina and Buffalo on Saturday and Sunday.
Colorado is now 29-20-4 on the season after 53 games, which gives them 62 points — they are currently on the outside, looking in to the playoff picture.
Avs will be in Carolina on Saturday night, puck drops at 5:08 PM MT.