Game 46. Avs-Blues. Defense struggles as Blues cruise to victory

Posted: April 24, 2013 in Avs vs. St. Louis Blues

St. Louis jumped out to a 3-0 lead Tuesday in St. Louis, and Colorado was unable to get back in the game, ultimately falling, 3-1.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


No one is hotter than Cody McLeod for the Avalanche, who added his fifth goal in as many games, but the Avs were unable to add to that, giving St. Louis a crucial two points, and a spot in the playoffs.

I couldn’t watch the game, but a couple deflections in front, and the defense leaving goalie Semyon Varlamov out to dry propelled St. Louis to victory.

Former Av Chris Stewart netted the first goal of the game on the powerplay with a deflection from the slot. The Blues came out in the second period and put the game out of reach with a couple of goals in the first 5+ minutes. On the powerplay it was Patrick Berglund, again deflecting the puck past Varlamov, and Andy McDonald added the final Blues goal as he easily made his way to the front of the net and slipped it under Varlamov’s right pad.

McLeod added a snipe from left side of the slot late in the second, but the Avs couldn’t carry the momentum into the third, and lost by two.

Actually, it was an important loss for Colorado, and due to how other games have played out, Colorado appears to be a near lock for having at worst the third pick in the draft.

The Avs continue the quest for the #1 pick Friday, against the Coyotes in Phoenix. The game starts at 8 p.m. Mountain time.

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