Avs feeling the Blues – again – after another shot at winning
The Avalanche had a chance to win for the fourth time in its last five home games Tuesday night.
As with so many other opportunities this season, though, the Avs couldn’t pull it off.
After Colorado held a 1-0 lead on the strength of an early John Mitchell goal until late in the second period, St. Louis rallied for a 4-2 win at the Pepsi Center.
The Blues were up 3-2 and Colorado goalie Calvin Pickard was off for a sixth attacker when Nathan MacKinnon rang a shot off the crossbar and the Blues clinched it with Patrik Berglund’s empty-netter with 48 seconds left.
“I hit it square and it went up over the mesh,” MacKinnon said of his shot. “It feels like that’s the way it’s going. … It feels like we’re back in November and December again. We just fell apart in the third period. It’s tough to say exactly what it is, but it has to stop.”
Mitchell got his third goal of the season in his return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch at Chicago on Sunday.
“We’re playing real well in the first period,” he said. “We had tons of scoring chances even in the second period. We just have to find a way to get those pucks into the back of the net. We gave ourselves an opportunity to get up 2or even 3-0, so we just have to find a way to do that.”
Berglund, Magnus Paajarvi and former Colorado College standout Jaden Schwartz scored consecutive goals to give the Blues a 3-1 lead before Colorado defenseman Mark Barberio scored with 5:10 remaining to get the Avalanche within 3-2.
With 83 points, the Blues now are tied for third in the Central Division with Nashville — the top three teams in the division qualify for the postseason automatically — and both are eight points in front of the Los Angeles Kings in the chase for the second Western Conference wild-card spot.
The Avs’ Rene Bourque flips the puck in the air as the Blues’ Joel Edmundson covers in the first period of Tuesday’s game at the Pepsi Center. St. Louis won 4-2. David Zalubowski, The Associated Press