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Brad Boyes, Chris Mason lead Blues to 4-1 victory over Avalanche

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ST. LOUIS - Brad Boyes had a goal and an assist in a 31-second span of the second period, and Chris Mason made 23 saves to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Saturday night.

The Blues, who entered the second period down by a goal, scored three times in the first 4:51 of the second.

David Perron also had a goal and added an assist, and T.J. Oshie and Keith Tkachuk added goals. The Blues have earned points in nine of their last 10 games, going 6-1-3. Mason improved to 5-1-1 in his last six starts.

Chris Stewart scored for Colorado.

Stewart opened the scoring 11:56 into the first, beating Mason with a backhander following a behind-the-back backhand pass from Wojtek Wolski. Colorado took advantage of Tyson Strachan's giveaway near centre ice on an outlet pass from his own zone.

The Blues scored three times in the second to grab a 3-1 lead.

Oshie redirected Jeff Woywitka's slapshot past Peter Budaj 56 seconds into the period to tie it. Tkachuk notched his 15th of the season at 4:20 off a feed from Boyes, who stole the puck from Colorado defenceman Jordan Leopold and fed Tkachuk in the left circle. Tkachuk ripped a slapshot over Budaj. Boyes scored at 4:51 with a backhander.

Perron took a feed from David Backes in the slot and snapped a shot over Budaj's left shoulder 49 seconds into the third to give St. Louis a 4-1 lead.

Notes: G Manny Legace, placed on waivers Friday by the Blues, went unclaimed and has been assigned to Peoria of the AHL. He will report Monday. ... Avs F Milan Hejduk had a four-game goal-scoring streak snapped Saturday. He had five goals in that stretch. ... Tkachuk has 25 goals and 52 points in 51 career games against the Avs. ... Blues F David Backes and Avs F Cody McLeod are the only players in the league that have 10 or more goals (Backes 17, McLeod 12), more than 100 penalty minutes (Backes 129, McLeod 112) and more than 100 hits (Backes 129, McLeod 130). ... Mason has stopped 138 of the last 142 shots he has faced over the last seven games. ... The Blues have killed off 35 of the last 36 penalties against them.

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