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Avalanche 4, Blues 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Avalanche 4, Blues 1
St. Louis Blues 1, Colorado Avalanche 4

DENVER (AP) -The Colorado Avalanche needed a period to find their stride. Once they did, there was little the struggling St. Louis Blues and their young goalie could do to stop them.

Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist each and the Avalanche beat the Blues 4-1 Wednesday night, sending the slumping Blues to their ninth straight loss

"We weren't what we needed to be against a team that can create their own transition opportunities with some great speed and some great scorers," new St. Louis coach Andy Murray said after his second game. "They took advantage of all of those things after we played a pretty good period."

Pierre Turgeon also had a goal an assist. Joe Sakic scored on the power play, one of three goals for Colorado in the second period.

"I thought we were diligent and had to make plays around the net," Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said. "We got a power-play goal to get us going, and everybody played well in today's game."

Peter Budaj stopped 25 shots for his second win in two games for the Avalanche, who have won three of six.

Jamal Mayers scored the lone goal for St. Louis, 0-2 under Murray.

Jason Bacashihua made 41 saves, and Marek Schwarz had one stop when he played briefly in the second period. Schwarz came in at 15:10 after Hejduk's goal and Bacashihua returned 2:17 later.

"We had guys that weren't as good as they needed to be," Murray said.

The Blues have earned only one standings point during the 0-8-1 skid that led to the firing of coach Mike Kitchen on Monday night.

Mayers gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at 5:35 of the first period, after Bacashihua kept Colorado at bay during the first three minutes with several diving saves. He went across the crease to deny Tyler Arnason and Turgeon.

Mayers converted a cross-ice pass from Jay McClement into his fifth goal of the season.

"Everyone played well in front of me in the first period," Bacashihua said. "I can't tell you what happened in the second period.

Bacashihua didn't fare as well in the second period when Sakic, Stastny and Hejduk scored. With the Avalanche on the power play, Sakic sent a wrist shot by Bacashihua at 1:49 for his 14th goal.

"We came out strong in the first period, but had nothing to show for it," Turgeon said. "The second period we played very well, and coming out with two points was what we were looking for."

Stastny scored off a pass from behind the net from Turgeon at 3:25, and Hejduk made it 3-1 with a wrist shot from the left circle that got past Bacashihua at 15:10.

"I pulled him to allow him to refocus and give our team a break," Murray said of Bacashihua. "I wanted to indicate to him that I wasn't faulting him and told him he would go in there and we would play harder for him."

The Blues didn't. Colorado outshot them 20-10 in the period.

Turgeon made it 4-1 at 5:45 of the third period.

Notes: Linesman Pierre Champoux left the game in the first period with a back injury and didn't return. ... Bacashihua made his 17th NHL start and 25th appearance. ... St. Louis is 2-5 on the second of back-to-back games. ... Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville (307-191-77-18) is the winningest coach in the history of the Blues' franchise. ... Colorado D Patrice Brisbois played in his 900th game.

scoring summary
1st Period
Jamal Mayers (5) ASST: Jay McClement (4)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
PPG - Joe Sakic (14) ASST: Andrew Brunette (17), Paul Stastny (14)
1 - 1 Tie
Paul Stastny (8) ASST: Pierre Turgeon (1), Milan Hejduk (10)
2 - 1 COL
Milan Hejduk (10) ASST: Brett McLean (8), Karlis Skrastins (1)
3 - 1 COL
3rd Period
Pierre Turgeon (3) ASST: Marek Svatos (12), Ossi Vaananen (2)
4 - 1 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
Jay McKee  Tripping against  Wojtek Wolski
Keith Tkachuk  Hooking against  Antti Laaksonen
2nd Period
Eric Brewer  Holding against  Brett McLean
Paul Stastny  Hooking against  Petr Cajanek
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Ian Laperriere
Ian Laperriere  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
Marek Svatos  Hooking
3rd Period
Petr Cajanek  Holding against  Milan Hejduk
Paul Stastny  Hooking against  Martin Rucinsky
Ken Klee  Tripping against  Keith Tkachuk
Radek Dvorak  Holding against  Paul Stastny
goalie stats
Jason Bacashihua
Jason Bacashihua
SA: 45TOI: 58:43
Saves: 41EV: 35 - 38
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .911SH: 0 - 0
Marek Schwarz
Marek Schwarz
SA: 1TOI: 1:17
Saves: 1EV: 1 - 1
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
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