DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon scored two targets, and Brandon Saad added one other to guide the surging Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Friday evening.
Jonas Johansson had 25 saves for his first win for Colorado in his second begin since coming over from Buffalo in a commerce on March 20. Gabriel Landeskog assisted on each of MacKinnon’s targets for the Avalanche, who’ve gone 11-0-2 of their final 13 video games to take over first place within the West Division.
The Blues bought targets from Mike Hoffman and David Perron and 36 saves from Jordan Binnington, however misplaced their fifth straight sport (0-4-1).
Saad and Hoffman traded targets 26 seconds aside within the first earlier than MacKinnon put Colorado forward. He had a power-play purpose at 14:43 of the primary and bought his 11th of the season with a burst of pace down the best facet that he completed with a shot between Binnington’s legs at 13:11 of the second.
Perron pulled St. Louis to 3-2 with a power-play purpose at 17:16 of the second.
The Blues bought one other energy play late within the third interval however couldn’t money in.
FINED AND DANDY
MacKinnon flashed some totally different abilities in Wednesday evening’s win over Arizona. Within the third interval he bought right into a scuffle with Conor Garland and Garland’s helmet got here off. MacKinnon tossed it underhand at Garland and the 2 saved scrapping.
Nothing was broken besides MacKinnon’s pockets. The NHL fined him $5,000 for his actions.
Colorado ahead Valeri Nichushkin was a late scratch resulting from an upper-body harm. Nichushkin was energetic on the lineup sheet earlier than the sport however was pulled earlier than the puck dropped.
St. Louis heart Ivan Barbashev returned to motion after lacking 18 video games with a left ankle harm.
Blues heart Robbie Thomas left the sport within the first interval when a teammate’s dump-in try hit him on the best facet of his head. He returned later within the sport.
The identical two groups play in Denver once more Saturday evening.