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Avalanche 5, Blues 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 5, Blues 2
St. Louis Blues 2, Colorado Avalanche 5

DENVER (AP) - Brandon Yip scored two goals, Chris Stewart had a goal and two assists and the Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Monday night.

Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist, T.J. Galiardi also scored and Craig Anderson made 32 saves for the Avalanche. Colorado moved into a first-place tie with idle Vancouver in the Northwest Division.

Eric Brewer and Erik Johnson scored for the Blues, who have lost three in a row.

The Avalanche blew it open in the first 6:34 of the second period. With the game tied at 2-2, Colorado got goals from Stewart, Stastny and Yip 4:09 apart to take a 5-2 lead and chase Chris Mason, who allowed five goals on 15 shots.

Stewart's three points tied a career high, and his 18 goals tie him for the team lead with rookie Matt Duchene. It was Yip's third two-goal game this season, and gives him 11 goals in 22 games.

Anderson was briefly down on the ice in the second period after taking a puck in the upper chest on a shot by Andy McDonald. A Colorado trainer attended to him in the crease, but Anderson stayed in the game.

The Blues thought they had cut the lead to 5-3 when T.J. Oshie tipped in a rebound midway through the second period, but the goal was disallowed on a hooking penalty called on Oshie.

The game provided early excitement. Just 2:21 in St. Louis forward D.J. King dropped the gloves against David Koci, and the fight seemed to provide some spark. Brewer made it 1-0 with a wrist shot at 3:34 of the first, but 28 seconds later Galiardi tied it with a point-blank shot that beat Mason over his left shoulder.

St. Louis took a 2-1 lead when Johnson beat Anderson with a shot to the short side with 12:01 left in the first. Yip tied it on the power play with 3:18 left in the opening frame.

NOTES: Johnson's goal was his first since Nov. 30 at Columbus, a span of 31 games. ... Koci suffered a hand injury in his fight with King and did not return. ... Colorado C Ryan O'Reilly (bruised foot) missed his first game of the season. ... Ty Conklin had 18 saves in relief of Mason.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:34
STL
Eric Brewer (6) ASST: T.J. Oshie (22), David Backes (19)
1 - 0 STL
04:02
COL
TJ Galiardi (9) ASST: Chris Stewart (20), Kyle Quincey (18)
1 - 1 Tie
07:59
STL
Erik Johnson (5) ASST: Alexander Steen (13)
2 - 1 STL
16:42
COL
PPG - Brandon Yip (10) ASST: Kyle Cumiskey (7), Paul Stastny (39)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
02:25
COL
Chris Stewart (18) ASST: Ryan Wilson (11), Darcy Tucker (11)
3 - 2 COL
03:57
COL
Paul Stastny (12) ASST: Marek Svatos (4), Chris Stewart (21)
4 - 2 COL
06:34
COL
Brandon Yip (11) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (30), Matt Duchene (22)
5 - 2 COL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
02:21
STL
DJ King  Fighting (maj) against  David Koci
02:21
COL
David Koci  Fighting (maj) against  DJ King
09:49
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Interference against  Kyle Quincey
15:56
STL
T.J. Oshie  Interference against  Matt Duchene
2nd Period
06:36
COL
Chris Stewart  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
06:36
STL
B.J. Crombeen  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Stewart
11:42
STL
T.J. Oshie  Hooking against  Scott Hannan
13:51
COL
Chris Durno  Hi stick - double minor against  Carlo Colaiacovo
19:36
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
03:07
STL
Keith Tkachuk  Holding against  Brandon Yip
09:33
COL
Kyle Quincey  Delay of game
13:48
STL
Alexander Steen  Slashing against  Scott Hannan
goalie stats
Ty Conklin
Ty Conklin
SA: 18TOI: 33:24
Saves: 18EV: 13 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
17-17-8
SA: 15TOI: 26:36
Saves: 10EV: 7 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .667SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 23 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .941SH: 5 - 5
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