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Avalanche 4, Blues 3

Tuesday, 02.22.2011 / 9:02 PM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 4, Blues 3
Colorado Avalanche 4, St. Louis Blues 3

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Erik Johnson scored the go-ahead goal against St. Louis, which traded him four days earlier, and the Colorado Avalanche broke a 10-game winless streak with a 4-3 victory against the Blues on Tuesday night at Scottrade Center.

Johnson, who was traded from St. Louis to Colorado as part of a four-player trade late Friday night, scored his first goal as a member of the Avalanche with 5:06 left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie.

Paul Stastny had the game-winning goal and added two assists, and Milan Hedjuk and David Jones also scored for Colorado.

Peter Budaj made 42 saves for his fifth consecutive win over St. Louis. As a team, the Avalanche earned its seventh consecutive victory over the Blues.

It looked as though Colorado had wrapped the game up when Stastny scored on a high backhand shot with 2:38 left to push the Avalanche's lead to 4-2. But Andy McDonald quickly brought the Blues within 4-3 with his 14th goal of the season 22 seconds later.

The Avalanche had been outscored 42-14 during its skid.

Colorado took a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals in the first 10:04 of the first period.

Jones tipped in a pass from Stastny for his career-best 20th goal of the season to open the scoring. Hedjuk followed with his team-high eighth power-play goal and 18th overall at the 10:04 mark. Hedjuk has scored at least 20 goals in each of the past 10 seasons.

St. Louis tied the game 2-2 on a power-play goal by newly acquired winger Chris Stewart with 2:40 remaining in the second period.

Patrik Berglund got St. Louis on the board at the 13:05 mark of the first period with his 16th goal of the season.  Berglund extended his point streak to a career-high seven games.

Notes: Matt Duchene, Colorado's leading scorer with 21 goals, returned to the lineup after missing two games due to a hand injury. ... The game was originally scheduled for Feb. 1, but was postponed due to a winter storm. ... McDonald played in his 600th NHL game. ... The Blues have scored at least one power-play goal in their past six games.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:07
COL
David Jones (20) Tip-in - ASST: Paul Stastny (29), John-Michael Liles (31)
1 - 0 COL
10:04
COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (18) Tip-in - ASST: John-Michael Liles (32), Paul Stastny (30)
2 - 0 COL
13:05
STL
Patrik Berglund (16) Tip-in - ASST: T.J. Oshie (17), Alexander Steen (28)
2 - 1 COL
2nd Period
17:20
STL
PPG - Chris Stewart (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Kevin Shattenkirk (21), Brad Boyes (28)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
14:54
COL
Erik Johnson (6) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 2 COL
17:22
COL
Paul Stastny (18) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
4 - 2 COL
17:44
STL
Chris Stewart (17) Deflected shot - ASST: Andy McDonald (16), Nikita Nikitin (3)
4 - 3 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
08:20
STL
Chris Stewart  Tripping against  Paul Stastny
2nd Period
09:26
STL
Andy McDonald  Interference against  Jonas Holos
14:32
COL
Jay McClement  Tripping against  Nikita Nikitin
15:32
COL
Matt Hunwick  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:31
STL
Kevin Shattenkirk  Interference against  Brandon Yip
3rd Period
10:50
STL
Carlo Colaiacovo  Tripping against  Brandon Yip
19:56
STL
Andy McDonald  Slashing against  Milan Hejduk
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 45TOI: 60:00
Saves: 42EV: 41 - 43
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .933SH: 1 - 1
Ty Conklin
Ty Conklin
7-5-3
SA: 27TOI: 58:35
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .852SH: 0 - 0
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