Blues 4, Avalanche 0

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal and an assist and Brian Elliott made 15 saves for his fifth shutout and the St. Louis Blues ended the Colorado Avalanche's four-game winning streak in a 4-0 victory on Saturday night.

Fellow defenseman Alex Pietrangelo had two assists for a career-best third straight multipoint game and the Blues won their NHL-high 17th game at home and moved ahead of the Red Wings for the Central Division lead.

Patrik Berglund, Jason Arnott and David Backes also scored as the Blues beat the Avalanche for the first time in three meetings this season and only the second time in 11 games overall.

Colorado struggled a night after a 4-0 shutout in Chicago, getting outshot 28-9 the first two periods and 39-15 overall en route to just its second loss in 11 games. The Avalanche had a season-best run of 15 straight penalty kills after the first period before giving up power-play goals to Arnott and Backes in the second.

Colorado outscored its opponents 13-5 during the winning streak, and also entered with a four-game road winning streak. The shot total was a season low.

The Blues won their third straight and are 17-3-2 at home, where they played to their 14th sellout. They're 18-5-5 under new coach Ken Hitchcock.

Shattenkirk, who was part of a deal that sent former No. 1 overall pick Erik Johnson to the Avalanche, has three goals and three assists in five games against Colorado.

Johnson, who's minus-9, left in the first period with a hand injury after the team said he might return.

The Blues led 2-0 with a 9-0 shots advantage before Ryan O'Reilly finally gave Elliott some action at 12:45 of the first. Coming off a pair of losses at Detroit Dec. 27 and 31, Elliott had an easy night for his first shutout since beating the Sharks on Dec. 10.

Kyle Quincey's giveaway coming around the net under pressure from Berglund led to Berglund's second goal in three games. T.J. Oshie's shot deflected off Berglund's ankle on its way past Jean-Sebastien Giguere at 3:20.

Shattenkirk scored his sixth goal through, about 20 seconds before the Avalanche's first shot on a power play.

St. Louis quickly capitalized on Paul Stastny's cross-checking penalty early in the second, with Arnott scoring his ninth goal just 19 seconds later to make it 3-0 at 1:20 of the second.

Notes: Pietrangelo has six points the past three games, four of them on the power play. ... The Blues are 19-0 when scoring three or more goals and 18-1-1 when leading after two periods. ... Oshie and Vladimir Sobotka had two assists apiece. ... St. Louis is 9-0-1 the past 10 home games with the last regulation loss Dec. 3 against Chicago. ... The Avalanche are 2-3-0 in the second half of back-to-back games.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:20STL Patrik Berglund (10) ASST: T.J. Oshie (14), Matt D'Agostini (8) 1 - 0 STL
12:21STL Kevin Shattenkirk (6) ASST: Alex Pietrangelo (10), Vladimir Sobotka (10) 2 - 0 STL
2nd Period
01:20STL PPG - Jason Arnott (9) ASST: Vladimir Sobotka (11), Kevin Shattenkirk (16) 3 - 0 STL
09:58STL PPG - David Backes (13) ASST: T.J. Oshie (15), Alex Pietrangelo (11) 4 - 0 STL
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
T.J. Oshie
T.J. Oshie
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 5
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:48
Patrik Berglund
Patrik Berglund
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:12
Vladimir Sobotka
Vladimir Sobotka
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 13:35
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:12COL Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Ryan Reaves
06:12COL Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Ryan Reaves
06:12STL Ryan Reaves  Roughing against  Cody McLeod
10:21COL TJ Galiardi  Hooking against  Patrik Berglund
12:37STL Alex Pietrangelo  Roughing against  Kyle Quincey
2nd Period
01:01COL Paul Stastny  Cross checking against  Alex Pietrangelo
05:11COL Daniel Winnik  Slashing against  T.J. Oshie
08:48COL Kyle Quincey  Hi-sticking against  Scott Nichol
12:51STL Scott Nichol  Roughing against  Kevin Porter
12:51STL Ryan Reaves  Misconduct (10 min) against  Cody McLeod
12:51COL Cody McLeod  Misconduct (10 min) against  Ryan Reaves
3rd Period
01:36STL Jason Arnott  Holding against  Paul Stastny
11:02STL Jamie Langenbrunner  Hooking against  Paul Stastny
11:02COL TJ Galiardi  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Vladimir Sobotka
11:02STL Vladimir Sobotka  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  TJ Galiardi
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/42/5
Faceoff Wins2826
Blocked Shots1011
Penalty Minutes2422
3R. O'ByrneD00-10022:27
5S. O'BrienD00-10017:47
6E. JohnsonD000002:49
7Van Der GulikL00-10010:37
8J. HejdaD00-11024:31
12K. PorterC00-10013:13
16J. McClementC0001015:11
17C. KobasewR00-10012:24
23M. HejdukR00-12018:22
26P. StastnyC0000217:02
27K. QuinceyD00-11225:49
34D. WinnikL0001214:44
37R. O'ReillyC0003018:47
39T. GaliardiL00-10415:55
46S. ElliottD0001022:24
54D. JonesR0001013:57
55C. McLeodL00-11149:25
92G. LandeskogL0003017:09
35J. Giguere3539.89759:58
5B. JackmanD0014019:00
12S. NicholC0000211:58
17V. SobotkaL0211213:35
21P. BerglundC1012016:12
22K. ShattenkirkD1113022:16
25C. StewartR0003017:21
26B. CrombeenR0003010:18
27A. PietrangeloD0214223:24
28C. ColaiacovoD0001019:11
36M. D'AgostiniR0123014:02
42D. BackesR1002019:26
44J. ArnottC1005216:26
46R. PolakD0011018:48
57D. PerronL0011019:27
74T. OshieR0212014:48
75R. ReavesR0002128:08
82C. FairchildD0000012:59
1B. Elliott15151.00060:00