The Avalanche were able to pick up their 50th win of the season, shutting out St. Louis 4-0 to close out their season series with their only victory over the Blues. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov cast aside all 31 St. Louis shots for his second shutout of the season. It marked Varlamov’s league-leading 40th win, tying the mark his coach Patrick Roy set in 2000-2001 for the most in a single season in franchise history.
Returning to the town in which he grew up, Paul Stastny led the way for the Avalanche offensively, contributing a goal and two assists to extend his point streak to six games. Nathan MacKinnon, Nick Holden and Ryan O’Reilly also scored for the Avalanche.
With playoff hockey on the horizon, both teams ramped up the intensity; often continuing the pugnacious play long after the whistles had blown. Physical from the start, the game took a nasty turn after Avalanche enforcer Patrick Bordeleau leveled Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in the third period, leaving the former Avalanche blueliner bloodied on the ice.
While there were no fighting majors handed out, both of the division rivals hardly shied away from confrontation either. There was a total of 167 penalty minutes handed out in the contest, including 147 just in the final frame.
With the win (their 50th), the Avalanche now have 106 points on the season, and trail St. Louis by only five points for the Central Division lead, with five games remaining. Both teams are in action again on Sunday; with the Avs facing off against Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Blues taking on the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.