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Blues overwhelm Avalanche with four-goal second period

Schenn scores twice, Dunn has three assists

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues scored four second-period goals in a 6-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Scottrade Center on Thursday.

 

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Brayden Schenn scored twice, Paul Stastny had a goal and an assist, and Vince Dunn set his NHL high with three assists for St. Louis (33-20-3), which won for the seventh time in 10 games. Carter Hutton made 23 saves and is 7-2-0 his past nine games.

"I thought we'd been a little bit flat at home lately," Schenn said. "You can try and start different ways, try to be physical early or offensive early. This is something we haven't done this year."

The Blues are 9-0-1 in the past 10 games against the Avalanche.

Gabriel Bourque scored for the Avalanche (29-20-4), who are 2-4-1 after a 10-game winning streak.

"I thought we were competitive in the first period, even the second wasn't so bad," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. "As the game went on, I thought we got less and less competitive."

Video: COL@STL: Schenn puts PPG past Bernier for 300th point

Jonathan Bernier allowed three goals on 20 shots and was pulled at 5:05 of the second period for Semyon Varlamov, who allowed three goals on 11 shots.

St. Louis lost 6-2 to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

"It was a team that had each other's backs tonight," Blues coach Mike Yeo said. "... I kind of felt it in the morning and at the rink there [Wednesday] getting ready for today. Some good conversations with some guys.

"I've said it before, we have a lot of character inside our locker room. It was a disappointing game a couple games ago and we were confident that they were going to bounce back."

Bourque tied the game 1-1 at 2:50 of the second period, but the Blues then scored four times, including twice in 48 seconds.

"Just a bad turnover, and for me, [Bourque] gets me, I played with [Bourque] a bunch and he makes a pretty good move and gets it in," Hutton said. "From there, it's 1-1 and it's still really tight and we answer the bell. It's two quick ones and they switch goalies and we get another few and then it's out of reach."

Ivan Barbashev made it 2-1 at 4:17, and Schenn scored his second at 5:05 to make it 3-1. Kyle Brodziak scored from the slot at 7:38 to make it 4-1, and Alex Pietrangelo's one-timer from the left circle made it 5-1 at 15:01.

"We passed up on some shooting opportunities," Bednar said. "I thought early in the second period we did a good job getting some pucks to the net. We hit a post, one sneaks through [Hutton], a couple rebounds laying there, but we didn't come up with enough of those rebounds when we did shoot it."

Schenn gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 8:41 of the first period with a power-play goal after he went to the net for a rebound.

Stastny's rebound goal at 6:00 of the third period made it 6-1.

Video: COL@STL: Stastny sneaks rebound through Varlamov

 

Goal of the game

Pietrangelo's goal at 15:01 of the second period.

Video: COL@STL: Pietrangelo rockets one-timer past Varlamov

 

Save of the game

Hutton's save on J.T. Compher at 9:29 of the first period.

Video: COL@STL: Hutton turns aside Compher's open look

 

Highlight of the game

Schenn's goal at 5:05 of the second period.

Video: COL@STL: Schenn roofs puck for his second goal

 

They said it

"We still have to find ways to get more bodies at the net. That's really it. We have to be better. I mean you look at the score, it's embarrassing." -- Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog

 

"I don't think it was anything too special on my part. I just tried to play simple and make the plays. I thought everybody contributed tonight." -- Blues defenseman Vince Dunn

 

Video: COL@STL: Brodziak wires home quick slapper from slot

 

Need to know

Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson left the game with 7:53 remaining in the first period after he blocked a shot with his hand. Yeo didn't specify the injury after the game but ruled Edmundson out Friday against the Winnipeg Jets. ... Dunn became the first Blues rookie defensemen to have three assists in a game since Erik Johnson on Jan. 8, 2008. ... Bernier lost for the fourth time in 15 games (11-3-1).

 
What's next

Avalanche: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-CR, ALT2, NHL.TV)

Blues: At the Winnipeg Jets on Friday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-MW, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Schenn's two goals lead Blues to 6-1 rout

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