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Avalanche 3, Blues 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 3, Blues 2
Colorado Avalanche 3, St. Louis Blues 2

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche are closing in on first-place Calgary in the Northwest Division.

Sakic scored a power-play goal 57 seconds into overtime to give the Avalanche a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night and move them within a point of the Flames.

"It's fun being in this race," Sakic said. "It's fun knowing that every game means so much."

With Christian Backman in the penalty box, Sakic one-timed Rob Blake's pass past Patrick Lalime for his 28th goal of the season. Sakic has six goals and five assists in his last six games.

Colorado improved to 6-7 in overtime.

"We were patient out there. I just kind of moved it around, "Sakic said. "I gave it to Blakey, actually I thought he was going to shoot. I think so did they. It was in the right spot."

The Blues have lost six straight games. It was the Blues' eighth overtime game in their last 10 at home.

The Blues grabbed a 1-0 lead with just 1:28 remaining in the first period. Scott Young one-timed a Dean McAmmond pass from the left point to beat Peter Budaj. Young's 17th goal came on the power-play.

"We know we're out of the playoffs, but we have to show up every night," Young said. "We came out and played a strong game tonight."

Colorado failed to score on an extended power play midway through the first after Steve Poapst was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Cody McCormick.

Peter Cajanek made it 2-0 with his ninth goal of the season at 5:05 of the second on the power-play. With Sakic in the penalty box for holding, Cajanek's centering pass for Keith Tkachuk hit defenseman Patrick Brisebois in the skate and the puck skipped past Budaj.

Colorado answered five minutes later when Pierre Turgeon scored his 14th goal at 10:12. With Cajanek in the penalty box for hooking, Lalime couldn't handle Sakic's initial shot from the left point, and Turgeon jammed home the rebound.

Jim Dowd tied the game 2-2 with the Avalanche shorthanded. Dowd scored his fourth goal with just under three minutes to play in the second.

"Special teams were huge," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said following his second win in St. Louis in less than a month. "It's nice to see our power play produce too."

Lalime made 28 saves. His last win was March 13 against Columbus. Budaj stopped 26 of 28 shots.

"We knew they had a good power play," Lalime said. "That's what won the game for them."

Notes: The Blues played their first game since it was announced that they had been bought by a group headed by former Madison Square Garden President Dave Checketts ... Colorado's Milan Hejduk was a late scratch with the flu. ... Blake is two goals shy of 200 for his career.

scoring summary
1st Period
18:32
STL
PPG - Scott Young (17) ASST: Dean McAmmond (20), Christian Backman (12)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
05:05
STL
PPG - Petr Cajanek (9) ASST: Lee Stempniak (9), Kevin Dallman (9)
2 - 0 STL
10:12
COL
PPG - Pierre Turgeon (14) ASST: Andrew Brunette (32), Joe Sakic (44)
2 - 1 STL
17:08
COL
SHG - Jim Dowd (4) ASST: Brett Clark (22)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
00:57
COL
PPG - Joe Sakic (28) ASST: Rob Blake (35), John-Michael Liles (33)
3 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
07:15
STL
Jay McClement  Hooking
11:57
STL
Steve Poapst  Boarding
11:57
STL
Steve Poapst  Game misconduct
16:44
COL
Andrew Brunette  Tripping
17:05
COL
Rob Blake  Hooking
2nd Period
03:20
COL
Joe Sakic  Holding
08:31
STL
Petr Cajanek  Hooking
13:56
COL
Ian Laperriere  Roughing
16:19
COL
Andrew Brunette  Hooking
19:47
COL
Andrew Brunette  Hooking
19:59
COL
Pierre Turgeon  Abuse of officials
19:59
COL
Brett Clark  Holding the stick
3rd Period
04:11
STL
Dallas Drake  Hooking
06:43
COL
Brad May  Interference
10:22
STL
Jamal Mayers  Hooking
OT Period
00:35
STL
Christian Backman  Hooking
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 28TOI: 60:57
Saves: 26EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .929SH: 2 - 2
Patrick Lalime
Patrick Lalime
SA: 31TOI: 60:57
Saves: 28EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .903SH: 3 - 4
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