Power Play, Perron Push Blues Past Avs

SAINT LOUIS — Carlo Colaiacovo tipped in the overtime winner and David Perron scored two power play goals to give the Blues a victory over the Avalanche Saturday night at Scottrade Center.

The two Western Conference teams each potted two goals in the first period. Perron scored both of his on the power play, marking the first time in his career he has scored multiple power play goals in the same game. Perron also tallied an assist on the OT winner, where Patrik Berglund fired a high wrister from the point that Colaiacovo was able to deflect past a stunned Semyon Varlamov to end the game.

Both Avalanche goals came from defensemen. Shane O’Brien scored at 10:00 in the first to put the Avs up 1-0; after the Blues responded with two goals, ex-Blue Erik Johnson scored his second of the season to tie the game at two.

Blues goalie Brian Elliott stopped 17 of 19 in the win, improving to 18-5-2. Avs goalie Varlamov turned away 41 of 44, a career high in saves for the young goaltender.

The Blues, plagued by injury, dressed Peoria call-ups Evgeny Grachev and Ian Cole. The Avs, without key forwards Matt Duchene and T.J. Galiardi, elected to dress seven defensemen and eleven forwards during the game.

The Blues host the San Jose Sharks (30-16-6) Sunday evening. The Sharks are coming off a 5-3 Friday night victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. The game starts at 6 p.m. CST and airs on Fox Sports Midwest.

Odds & Ends

  • David Perron is officially hot.  He has five goals in his past three games.
  • The Blues expect Andy McDonald to be in the lineup Sunday night.  The team is missing Kent Huskins (ankle), Matt D’Agostini (concussion symptoms), Alex Steen (concussion symptoms), Jason Arnott (shoulder), and Kris Russell (flu).
  • The Blues are 24-0-0 when scoring three or more goals in a game.
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