ST. LOUIS (AP) - Peter Mueller scored twice in a three-point night that matched his career best and Paul Stastny netted his fifth goal in three games to go along with two assists, helping the Colorado Avalanche sweep the season series against the St. Louis Blues with a 5-3 victory on Tuesday night.
The Blues had quick goals to start the first two periods, with Alex Steen matching the franchise record to start the game on his 20th goal at the eight-second mark of the opening frame and Patrik Berglund scoring at 34 seconds of the second to tie it at 2-2. Otherwise, backup goalie Peter Budaj was effective subbing for Craig Anderson, who got a break after making an Avalanche-record 23 consecutive starts.
St. Louis flopped in its first home game since Feb. 13, dropping to an NHL-worst 12-17-5 at the Scottrade Center, and the Avalanche outscored them 21-8 over four games for their first season sweep since 2005-06.
Blues goalie Chris Mason gave up five goals on 26 shots after coming in 0-3 with a 7.22 goals-against average against Colorado.
Budaj was especially strong in the third period while the Blues had sustained pressure and outshot Colorado 14-6, but Chris Stewart's late goal put it out of reach.
Time is running out on the Blues' bid for a second straight late-season rally to make the playoffs. St. Louis is in 10th place in the Western Conference, seven points behind eighth-place Detroit with 13 games to go.
Steen tied the Blues' franchise mark set by Greg Paslawski on Oct. 29, 1985, against Washington when Budaj stopped his shot from the left boards but the rebound appeared to deflect off Avalanche forward T.J. Galiardi.
Colorado asserted itself later in the period, with Mueller getting a power-play goal and assisting on Milan Hejduk's 18th of the season for a 2-1 lead. The 21-year-old Mueller has recorded points in all seven games since being acquired from the Coyotes, totaling four goals and seven assists after having 17 points in 54 games with Phoenix.
The Avalanche went ahead by two on Stastny's 17th of the year and Mueller's eighth of the season in a span of 1:29 midway through the second period. David Perron scored on a rebound at 11:06 to cut the deficit to one.
NOTES: Mueller's start matches Theo Fleury (1998-99) for Colorado's longest streak since moving from Quebec, although Joe Sakic recorded points in 12 straight in 1988-89 for the Nordiques. ... Anderson was 15-8 with a 2.08 GAA and four shutouts during his starting streak. Only Martin Brodeur (33) and Roberto Luongo (26) have had longer consecutive-game runs in the NHL this season. ... U.S. Olympic silver medalists Erik Johnson and David Backes (Blues) and Stastny (Avalanche) were recognized in a pre-game ceremony. ... Steen has 12 goals in the last 17 home games. ... Stewart added an assist and finished with seven goals and 12 points in four games against the Blues, including two go-ahead goals.