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McGinn's 2 goals lift Avalanche to 5-3 win that keeps Blues from clinching playoff spot

Sunday, 04.21.2013 / 10:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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McGinn's 2 goals lift Avalanche to 5-3 win that keeps Blues from clinching playoff spot

DENVER - Jamie McGinn scored twice, Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 29 shots and the Colorado Avalanche prevented the St. Louis Blues from wrapping up a playoff spot with a 5-3 win on Sunday night.

Cody McLeod, Matt Duchene and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Avalanche, who chased Brian Elliott from the game late in the second period. It was Colorado's eighth straight win over the Blues at Pepsi Center.

David Backes, Jaden Schwartz and Kevin Shattenkirk had goals for St. Louis, which could have secured a post-season berth with a win over a Colorado team that's last in the Western Conference.

After Elliott gave up a fourth goal, the Blues pulled him in favour of Jake Allen. He allowed Kobasew's third-period goal that gave Colorado a 5-3 advantage.

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You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York