Avalanche defeat Blues in Game 4, sweep Stanley Cup First Round series


ST. LOUIS — The Colorado Avalanche swept the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup First Round with a 5-2 win in Game 4 at Enterprise Center on Sunday.

Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen and Nathan MacKinnon each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, the No. 1 seed in the Honda West Division. Colorado will play the winner of the first-round series between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Minnesota Wild. Vegas has a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Philipp Grubauer made 18 saves for the Avalanche, who outscored St. Louis 20-7 in the four games.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice, and Jordan Binnington made 29 saves for the Blues, the No. 4 seed from the West who were eliminated in the first round for the second straight season after winning the Stanley Cup in 2019.

Tarasenko gave the Blues their first lead of the series on a breakaway at 4:25 of the second period off a stretch pass from Ryan O’Reilly to make it 1-0.

Brandon Saad tied it 1-1 at 11:37 from the high slot for a power-play goal.

Landeskog’s redirection of Samuel Girard‘s shot at 14:53 of the second gave Colorado a 2-1 lead.

Rantanen converted a 2-on-1 with MacKinnon to make it 3-1 at 4:20 of the third period.

Tarasenko scored his second of the game with a wrist shot from the left circle for a power-play goal to cut it to 3-2 at 8:39.

MacKinnon’s empty-net power-play goal at 19:04 made it 4-2.

Valeri Nichushkin scored an empty-net goal at 19:54 for the 5-2 final.

Avalanche forward Alex Newhook left the game because of a lower-body injury at 5:20 of the first period after he was checked by Blues defenseman Steven Santini.

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