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Avalanche 6, Blues 4

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:10 AM

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Avalanche 6, Blues 4
Colorado Avalanche 6, St. Louis Blues 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) -Rookie T.J. Hensick and Ben Guite scored two goals each, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Jaroslav Hlinka and Tyler Arnason also scored for the short-handed Avalanche, which was missing stars Joe Sakic, Paul Stastny and Ryan Smyth because of injuries. Wojtek Wolski added a pair of assists for Colorado.

Dan Hinote, Paul Kariya, Andy McDonald and Keith Tkachuk scored for St. Louis. Brad Boyes and David Backes had two assists apiece.

Guite deflected in Wolski's point shot that trickled through the pads of Blues goalie Manny Legace to give the Avalanche a 3-2 lead 10:01 into the second period, the third time in the game Colorado grabbed a one-goal advantage.

Peter Budaj made 28 saves in Colorado's 6-4 win over the St. Louis Blues

Hensick's power-play goal one minute into the third period, his second score of the game and third of the season and his career, stretched the lead to 4-2.

The Blues pulled to 4-3 on McDonald's 10th of the season at 6:24 of the third period, one-timing a pass from rookie David Perron.

Tkachuk nearly tied the game with 9:19 to play, but his deflection of Kariya's shot rang off the left goal post.

Arnason regained a two-goal lead for Colorado with his sixth of the season when he beat Legace with 8:44 to play.

Tkachuk's 16th of the season and 489th of his career again brought the Blues back to within one at 5-4 with 7:43 to play. However, Guite's empty-netter with seven seconds left sealed Colorado's win.

Hensick gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead when he tapped in a centering feed from Ian Laperriere for his second goal of the season at 5:28 of the first period. It was Colorado's first shot of the game in a period which produced four goals by the two teams.

Hinote, a former member of the Avalanche, tied the game for the Blues 48 seconds later on a wraparound, sticking in the second attempt at the near post to make it 1-1. It was Hinote's fifth goal of the season and third against his former club.

Colorado regained the lead on Hlinka's sixth of the season at 13:42 on the rebound of a Wolski attempt.

The Blues quickly tied the game again on Kariya's 13th of the season, a power-play goal at 14:34 after one-timing in a shot of Boyes' cross-ice backhand feed from the left circle.

Notes: Legace began the day 12-1-0 with a 1.85 goals-against average and three shutouts in his career against Colorado. ... Sakic (hernia surgery), Stastny (appendectomy) and Smyth (ankle) are all on the injured reserve list. Also, Colorado was without G Jose Theodore, who missed the game with back spasms. ... Before the game, the Blues placed D Christian Backman on injured reserve after suffering a cracked bone in his left foot blocking a shot in Friday's victory over Anaheim. Backman is expected to miss one to two weeks.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:28
COL
TJ Hensick (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Ian Laperriere (11), Cody McLeod (2)
1 - 0 COL
06:16
STL
Dan Hinote (5) Wrap-around - ASST: Jamal Mayers (10), Ryan Johnson (9)
1 - 1 Tie
13:42
COL
Jaroslav Hlinka (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Wojtek Wolski (19), Brett Clark (14)
2 - 1 COL
14:34
STL
PPG - Paul Kariya (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Brad Boyes (14), David Backes (11)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
10:01
COL
Ben Guite (5) Tip-in - ASST: Wojtek Wolski (20), Scott Hannan (13)
3 - 2 COL
3rd Period
01:00
COL
PPG - TJ Hensick (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Tyler Arnason (14), John-Michael Liles (18)
4 - 2 COL
06:24
STL
Andy McDonald (10) Wrist shot - ASST: David Perron (10), Brad Boyes (15)
4 - 3 COL
11:16
COL
Tyler Arnason (6) Backhand shot - ASST: Cody McLeod (3)
5 - 3 COL
12:17
STL
Keith Tkachuk (16) Wrist shot - ASST: David Backes (12), Eric Brewer (11)
5 - 4 COL
19:53
COL
EN - Ben Guite (6) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 4 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
14:01
COL
Karlis Skrastins  Tripping against  Keith Tkachuk
14:43
COL
Andrew Brunette  Hooking against  Ryan Johnson
2nd Period
00:32
COL
Jaroslav Hlinka  Tripping against  Ryan Johnson
07:29
STL
Barret Jackman  Interference against  Ian Laperriere
10:34
STL
David Perron  Holding the stick against  Brad Richardson
20:00
STL
Bryce Salvador  Hooking against  Andrew Brunette
3rd Period
07:58
COL
Ben Guite  Boarding against  David Backes
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 32TOI: 59:54
Saves: 28EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1
Manny Legace
Manny Legace
SA: 23TOI: 58:51
Saves: 18EV: 16 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .783SH: 0 - 0
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