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Colorado Avalanche 3, St. Louis Blues 3 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Colorado Avalanche 3, St. Louis Blues 3 FINAL OT
Colorado Avalanche 3, St. Louis Blues 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- After earning a point in St. Louis, the slumping Colorado Avalanche were in a good mood.

Adam Foote's goal at 9:27 of the third period lifted the Avalanche into a 3-3 tie with the Blues on Friday night. Colorado is still winless in its last six games (0-3-3).

"It's a little sad that we were not able to get the extra point, but on the road against a tough team, that's a pretty big point," goalie David Aebischer said.

The Blues are 12-2-3-0 at home and unbeaten in their last eight games (5-0-3-0) at Savvis Center, where a season-high 20,045 attended Friday's game.

Foote scored on a wrist shot after getting a pass from Alex Tanguay.

"I was kind of surprised with how the lane opened up," Foote said. "I thought I was going to have to shoot a lot sooner. I was glad I was able to work in."

The failure to hold the lead after two periods did not upset St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville.

"I would prefer to win, but I was not unhappy with how we played in the third period," Quenneville said.

St. Louis scored twice on its first four shots of the second period to take a 3-2 lead.

"We took some penalties in the second period and they were able to get back in the game," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "Other than that, I was pretty pleased with how we played. I thought it was a fun hockey game."

The Blues tied it at 2 on a power-play goal by Pavol Demitra at 7:43. From just inside the blue line, Keith Tkachuk passed to Demitra, who was skating into the left circle. Demitra one-timed the puck by Aebischer, who has allowed more than one goal only three times in his last nine starts.

It was a surprise start for Tkachuk, who missed the last three games with an infection in his ankle. Tkachuk cut the tongue in his skate to relieve some of the pressure and that allowed him to play.

"Once you get in the atmosphere of a game, especially against a team like Colorado, it takes pressure off your injury," Tkachuk said.

In the slot, Christian Backman took a pass from Doug Weight, who got the puck from Tkachuk. Backman faked left and went right and scored his second goal of the season at 15:24. Weight returned to play after aggravating his groin injury Monday in Detroit and sitting out Tuesday's game in Chicago.

In the game's opening 90 seconds the Avalanche had four shots on goal. But St. Louis outshot Colorado 11-10 in the period that ended with the Avalanche leading 2-1.

Colorado scored 46 seconds into the game when Milan Hejduk lifted a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle over the shoulder of goalie Chris Osgood. Joe Sakic assisted on the goal.

"We started off slow and they took it to us," Tkachuk said.

The Avalanche made it 2-0 at 11:50 on a power-play goal by Sakic, his 15th. Sakic has 16 points (seven goals) in his last nine games.

A fight between the Blues' Steve McLaren and Colorado's Peter Worrell at 12:29 of the period sparked St. Louis. The Blues cut the lead to 2-1 when Eric Nickulas scored at 16:41.

"I think the guys were encouraging him and it was almost like we scored a goal," Quenneville said about McLaren's fight. "He did his job. He took a heavyweight, a guy as big as there is in the league."

scoring summary
1st Period
Milan Hejduk (16) ASST: Rob Blake (18), Joe Sakic (24)
1 - 0 COL
PPG - Joe Sakic (15) ASST: Alex Tanguay (27), Teemu Selanne (12)
2 - 0 COL
Eric Nickulas (6) ASST: Doug Weight (21), Dallas Drake (10)
2 - 1 COL
2nd Period
PPG - Pavol Demitra (12) ASST: Keith Tkachuk (14), Chris Pronger (18)
2 - 2 Tie
Christian Backman (2) ASST: Doug Weight (22), Keith Tkachuk (15)
3 - 2 STL
3rd Period
Adam Foote (5) ASST: Alex Tanguay (28)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Andrei Nikolishin  Hooking
Scott Mellanby  Interference on goalkeeper
Pavol Demitra  Holding - Obstruction
Peter Worrell  Fighting (maj)
Steve McLaren  Fighting (maj)
Dan Hinote  Tripping
2nd Period
Rob Blake  Interference
Chris Pronger  Tripping
3rd Period
Steve Moore  Holding the stick
Chris Osgood  Interference
Bryce Salvador  Holding
Adam Foote  Tripping
OT Period
goalie stats
David Aebischer
SA: 30TOI: 65:00
Saves: 27EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .900SH: 1 - 1
Chris Osgood
Chris Osgood
SA: 25TOI: 64:41
Saves: 22EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 2PP: 4 - 5
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