(AP Photo/Chris Schneider)
The St. Louis Blues narrowly escaped with a win against the Colorado Avalanche 2 to 1 Saturday night. The Blues are now on a four game win streak, and Ryan Miller is still undefeated since his trade from Buffalo.
The Blues gained momentum after dominating their own defensive zone and killing off the Avalanche’s power play in the second period. TJ Oshie carried the puck into the offensive zone and slid the puck across to David Backes who was back door and put it right into the net. The Blues held a lead going into the third period one to nothing.
At 3:53 into the third period, the Blues increased their lead to two when Patrik Berglund pulled a spin-o-rama and put it past Avalanche goaltender, Semyon Varlamov’s glove. The Colorado Avalanche split the lead in half when PA Parenteau picked up a rebound and slipped it past Miller. With that goal the Avalanche showed the tenacity that has allowed them to score a goal in every game they have played this season. It was a hard fought battle right up until the end of the game, when the Avalanche pulled their goalie to try to tie the game and send it to overtime. Despite that effort, the Blues held on to win the game 2 to 1 to extend their lead over the Chicago Blackhawks for the top spot in the Central Division. The Blues are one point behind Anaheim for first place in Western Conference, and first place in the NHL.
The Blues next take on the Minnesota Wild Sunday, March 9th, at 7PM (CST).