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Avs Beat Blues In Shootout

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Milan Hejduk scored the only goal of the shootout to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

David Aebischer made 23 saves for the victory, and Curtis Sanford stopped 22 shots for the Blues in their first home game since Feb. 4.

Christian Backman broke a scoreless tie 4:44 into the third period, whistling a slap shot from the top of the circle past a screened Aebischer. The goal came with Colorado's Kurt Sauer off for hooking.

Colorado tied it with just 5:29 left in regulation when Joe Sakic knocked in a loose puck off a rebound for his 22nd goal of the season. The rebound came after Sanford couldn't handle Alex Tanguay's shot from the right side.

Colorado broke a two-game losing streak in its second straight game without rookie Marek Svatos, the team's scoring leader who is out with a shoulder injury.

The first period was a quiet one for both teams. St. Louis outshot Colorado 7-5 and neither goalie was tested.

The second period was pretty much the same as the first. Colorado only had six shots at Sanford, and St. Louis fired eight at Colorado's Aebischer.

Game notes
The Blues placed forwards Ryan Johnson, Vladimir Orszagh and defenseman Bryce Salvador on the injured reserve. Johnson broke his left foot Sunday in Vancouver and is expected to be out three to four weeks. Orszagh had an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee and also is expected to miss three to four weeks. Salvador has a sore right shoulder. ... Forward Jon DiSalvatore was recalled from Peoria of the AHL and center Petr Cajanek was taken off of injured reserve. ... Sakic remains one assist shy of 900.

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