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Miller remains hot since joining Blues, stops 26 shots in 2-1 win over Avalanche

Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 5:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Miller remains hot since joining Blues, stops 26 shots in 2-1 win over Avalanche

DENVER - Ryan Miller stopped 26 shots, and David Backes broke up a scoreless game in the second period, helping the St. Louis Blues beat the surging Colorado Avalanche 2-1 Saturday in a Central Division showdown.

Patrik Berglund added a pivotal insurance goal early in the third period as the Blues won their fourth straight.

Colorado finally solved Miller midway through the final period when P.A. Parenteau lifted a shot over him while he was trying for his first shutout in nearly two years. Miller is 4-0 since being acquired from Buffalo.

Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon had his point streak snapped at 13 games. It is the NHL's longest streak by an 18-year-old player.

Miller withstood a furious rally by the Avalanche in the final two minutes after they pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov.

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Quote of the Day

If you want to prove people wrong, you've just got to go out and do it. Yeah, we blew 3-2 series leads the last two years, but no one is going remember that if we go out there on Saturday night and beat these guys and go play in the Stanley Cup Final. We need to get back to work and we'll start to do that tomorrow.

— Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri following a loss to the Blackhawks in Game 6 on Wednesday