The Colorado Avalanche put on an offensive show worthy of being one of the top scoring teams in the league with a 6-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night. After a first-minute goal by the Blues’ Alexander Steen, the Colorado Avalanche kicked things into high gear and opened the flood gates in St. Louis’ net.
Defenseman John-Michael Liles scored the Avalanche’s first two goals and then assisted on Paul Stastny’s goal at the end of the first period. Liles has been a mainstay on the defensive line this season while injuries have kept many of his fellow defenders off the ice for periods of time this season.
Brandon Yip and David Jones scored goals within 17 seconds of each other in the second period, but it took some time before Yip actually got the goal. After a review, the replay officials determined that the puck deflected off Yip’s glove to make the goal legal. With St. Louis reeling from that goal, David Jones securely placed the puck in the net several seconds later to give the Avalanche a 5-2 lead. Adam Foote’s assist on Jones’ goal gave him 254 points, a franchise record for a defenseman.
In the third period, Kevin Porter scored the Avalanche’s sixth and final goal, but the skirmishes that ensued over the course of the period were the highlights. With less than six minutes left in the game, Matt Duchene and Vladimir Sobotka exchanged punches. Sobota received a game misconduct for the fight. The Avalanche’s Cody McLeod and Scott Hannan and the Blues’ B.J. Crombeen all went to the penalty box at that point for roughing as well.
The three stars of the game were John-Michael Liles (2 goals, 1 assist), Paul Stastny (1 goal, 1 assist) and Peter Budaj (27-of-30, .900 save percentage).