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Blues thrash Avalanche

St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Alexander Steen potted his league-leading 15th and 16th goals of the season to lead an offensive barrage that carried the St. Louis Blues to a 7-3 drubbing of the Colorado Avalanche at Scottrade Center.

The Blues scored five straight times to break a 1-1 tie after one period and hand the Avalanche back-to-back losses for the first time under rookie head coach Patrick Roy -- this one by far the most lopsided of his 18 games behind the bench.

David Backers and Derek Roy each had a goal and two assists in the rout, with T.J. Oshie posting a career-high four helpers for St. Louis. Vladimir Tarasenko added a goal and one assist, while Jaroslav Halak turned aside 21 shots in the Blues' fourth victory in five outings.

St. Louis had little trouble against either Colorado goaltender. Jean- Sebastien Giguere stopped just 18-of-23 chances, while Semyon Varlamov allowed a pair of goals on six shots in a brief relief stint.

Ryan O'Reilly recorded a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who began the season with six straight road wins prior to Tuesday's setback at Carolina. Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene also scored in defeat.

The Avalanche came into the contest not having allowed a goal in 20 shorthanded situations on the road this season, but the Blues struck twice on their first three power-play opportunities to build a 2-1 lead early in the second period.

After Colorado's Maxime Talbot was sent off for hooking a mere 1:49 in, St. Louis needed just five seconds to capitalize. Oshie's long-range wrister was re-directed by Derek Roy under Giguere's right blocker to give the Blues a quick 1-0 edge.

St. Louis also wasted little time on their next man-advantage goal. Eight seconds after Erik Johnson was called for holding, Backers put home a beautiful tip pass from Oshie while camped out all alone at the left side of the Colorado net to snap a 1-1 deadlock with 2:49 elapsed in the second.

In between, Colorado converted a power-play opportunity of its own when MacKinnon's wicked wrister handcuffed Halak and got through at the 5:30 mark of the opening frame.

Giguere was pulled a little over seven minutes into the middle session after letting up Steen's first tally of the night, a one-timer from the left circle off a Backers feed.

The Blues got to Varlamov as well later in the period, scoring twice with a 2 1/2-minute span to put the game out of reach.

Tarasenko beat the replacement goalie with 7:51 to go in the stanza after skating up the left side and taking in a give from Patrik Berglund, and Chris Stewart backhanded in a rebound off a Kevin Shattenkirk attempt with St. Louis on a 4-on-3 to extend the margin to 5-1.

Giguere went back in at the start of the third period, but still couldn't stop the Blues' onslaught. He failed to cover up after getting a glove on a shot from Backers, with Steen alertly knocking in the loose disc 2:11 in.

Duchene temporarily put an end to the outburst by outracing the Blues defense on a partial breakaway at the 4:36 mark of the period. Four minutes later, however, Jay Bouwmeester made it a 7-2 game by rifling through a drop pass from Tarasenko.

O'Reilly capped the scoring by putting in a rebound of a Jamie McGinn shot with 9:54 remaining.

Game Notes

Steen's two-goal effort extended his point streak to 12 games, the longest by a Blues player since Keith Tkachuk's 12-game run in 2002-03 ... The Avalanche had been 14-0-0 this season when leading or tied after one period ... The victory was the 617th in the career of Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock, tying him with Jacques Lemaire for ninth on the all-time list ... Backers ended a stretch of nine straight games without a goal ... St. Louis finished 3- for-4 on the power play ... The home team has now won nine straight matchups in the series.

11/14 23:17:30 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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