Colorado Avalanche vs. St. Louis Blues: Avs Blanked as Blues Win Third Straight

Nick DavisContributor IIIJanuary 7, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 7: T.J. Oshie #74 of the St. Louis Blues is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche at the Scottrade Center  on January 7, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The Colorado Avalanche were looking to win their fifth-straight game away from Denver, but the Blues had other ideas. The Blues had no problem handling the Avalanche offense as the Avs were out-shot 39-15 in Saturday night's game as they fell to 23-19-1 this season. The story of the game was penalties: The Avs and Blues were each penalized six times, along with Cody McLeod of the Avalanche and Ryan Reaves of the Blues receiving game misconducts in the second period.

The Blues got goals from Patrik Berglund, David Perron and power play goals from Jason Arnott and David Backes. Alex Pietrangelo had two assists for a career-best third consecutive multipoint game, and former Avalanche goaltender Brian Elliott hardly had to earn his fifth shutout of the season, facing only 15 shots. The Blues are now 18-5-5 under new coach Ken Hitchcock and have an NHL-leading 17th win at home.

The Avalanche won their prior two meetings with a final score of 3-2 for each game against the Blues this season. Erik Johnson only played 2:49 in Saturday's contest after he left with an undisclosed injury to his hand.

The Avalanche won't play until Tuesday when the Nashville Predators come to Denver. The Blues will travel to Montreal to face the Canadians on Tuesday.