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Varlamov shuts out Blues in Avs’ 50th victory

Apr 5, 2014, 5:02 PM EDT

DENVER, CO - APRIL 03: Goalie Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche makes a glove save against the New York Rangers at Pepsi Center on April 3, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Rangers 3-2 in an overtime shootout. Getty Images

The Colorado Avalanche continued their march towards the playoffs with a decisive 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues this afternoon. Semyon Varlamov stopped 31 shots to earn his second shutout of the season.

The game got ugly in the third period with St. Louis’ David Backes, Barret Jackman, Maxim Lapierre, and Brenden Morrow each being handed misconducts. Morrow was also charged with a cross-checking major on the Avalanche’s John Mitchell. In total, the Blues accumulated 61 penalty minutes in the third period.

Colorado has now won six straight games to pull away from Chicago in the battle for the second seed in the Central Division. The Avalanche have a three-point edge over the Blackhawks and have played in one less game.

Varlamov was the clear difference today, which is normal for Colorado, but forwards Paul Stastny and Nathan MacKinnon also came up big.

Stastny had a goal and three points for Colorado. MacKinnon assisted on Stastny’s marker before finding the back of the net himself:

With that, MacKinnon has become the first rookie since Jeff Skinner in 2010-11 to reach the 60-point mark.

The Boston Bruins won today, so St. Louis is now two points back in the battle for the Presidents’ Trophy, although the Blues have played in one less game. St. Louis will play in Chicago on Sunday while Colorado will host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  1. zacmelvinmcnutt - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Oh wait!! Whats this?? We just shut out the top team in the league?? But I thought we were going to “come back down to earth”. I thought there was no way we could compete with elite teams like St. Louis and Chicago. I guess we’re just really really lucky

    • cardsandbluesforever - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      yeah, it couldn’t have anything to do with the fact we just played the worst game of the season…

      • mp1131211 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        which probably had to do with the fact that colorado owned your guys the whole game. puck drop for 60 minutes. Might have been worst game, but Colorado showed why they’ve dominated this year. A ton of top players out and still blew out the top team in the league.

    • wannabebluesplayer - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      So…there are 19 other teams that have beaten the Blues this year…what’s your point? BTW, before acting like you beat the “elite” team Blues, maybe you need to check the scoreboard. On the season, it’s 3-1 St. Louis. Plus, they still have to go through Chicago in the playoffs. Just a hint, Chicago = totally different team in the playoffs.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        Just a hint, if you’d stop refuting every single good point of the Avs from this game, Avs fans might not rub it in so bad.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Oooo. Whoopee. A regular season win. Yay.

      (Yawn)

      Come back with your BS trash talk when Colorado wins a game that actually matters. Ya know, like a playoff game.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        Sorry man. This game mattered. Blues might not have thought so, but the Avs knew it. This is the Blues’ weakness- undisciplined mental attitudes. To his credit, Hitchcock has managed these boys well. Blues’ have unbelievable talent. If they could exhibit some discipline, they might be something some day.

  2. greenopoly2013 - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Playing well heading into the playoffs. 5 left and it’s anybody’s division now

    • wannabebluesplayer - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      It’s really not. 5 points back with only 1 home game for the Avs. Three of 5 against teams in the playoffs. Avs have a mathematical shot, but realistically, do you expect the Blues to lose all the rest of their games?

      • mp1131211 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:50 AM

        This is exactly what I was talking about in my above post to blackhawkdynasty. The team itself shows this undisciplined attitude just like their fan base. You saw it in Backes’ temper tantrum on McKinnon today and you’ve seen it in off ice antics in the past. This team has potential, but seriously lacks the mindset to win at this point.

  3. c9castine - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    and in the process pretty much sealed up a gold medal for me in fantasy hockey. rode him and bishop all year.

    and to think i momentarily dropped him when he got arrested!

  4. willrad00 - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    The Blues commentators are incredibly annoying. Calling Bordeleau’s hit on shattenkirk unnecessary and going on about how dirty and late it was forever when every winger is taught in peewees to finish his checks at the point.
    But when Bordeleau dumps it and gets hit in succession by 3 Blues players, with Lapierre coming in incredibly late, its a good clean play? Ridiculous.

    And what kind of commentators brag and tell stories about how good their players are at being cheap and talking S***? Surely they can think of something more productive to discuss.

    • mp1131211 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      You know the one was the old Avs announcer, right? I agree with this particular point, but I think he’s one of the best announcers in the NHL. He just happened to be wearing homer glasses tonight because it’s his old team.

      • willrad00 - Apr 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Huh i didnt know that! And i wasnt trying to imply the commentators were bad, just a bit unprofessional.

  5. mrhyperpants - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Yeah Boi! So funny to see the blues lose the plot and try goon antics. Esp Backes resorting to rugby tackling Mac lol. What a numpty. Hahahhahhahaha

  6. acorp11 - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    #whynotus

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