ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brian Elliott made 27 saves in his 100th game with St. Louis and stopped all three shootout attempts to lift the Blues over the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Saturday night.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice for St. Louis. Tarasenko has six goals, including five in his last three games. He had his first career hat trick in the Blues’ 4-3 win over Dallas on Tuesday night.
Joakim Lindstrom scored in the shootout for St. Louis, which has won four straight.
Ryan O’Reilly and Nathan MacKinnon each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have points in six straight games (2-0-4). Eric Johnson had two assists against his former team and Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots.
St. Louis appeared to have the game under control when Tarasenko redirected Alex Pietrangelo’s shot past Varlamov for his second goal 46 seconds into the third period to give the Blues a 2-0 advantage.
But just 6 seconds later, Magnus Paajarvi went off for holding and O’Reilly made the Blues pay by putting home the rebound of MacKinnon’s shot on the ensuing power play to cut it to 2-1 at 2:19 of the third.
Ian Cole then went off for cross-checking and the Avalanche tied the game with another power-play goal at 5:13 as MacKinnon walked in front and beat Elliott with a wrist shot.
NOTES: O’Reilly’s goal snapped a shutout streak of 118 minutes, 52 seconds by St. Louis. … Colorado, ranked second in the NHL in penalty killing, has killed 20 straight penalties, including three on Saturday. … St. Louis was happy to see the calendar turn to November. The Blues are 20-5-3 in November the last two seasons.
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