Avalanche score eight, shut out Blues


DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche scored six goals on the power play in an 8-0 win against the St. Louis Blues at Ball Arena on Friday.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Gabriel Landeskog scored twice, Mikko Rantanen, Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky and Devon Toews each had a goal and an assist, and Cale Makar had three assists for Colorado (1-1-0), which lost to St. Louis 4-1 on Wednesday. Philipp Grubauer made 21 saves for his 12th NHL shutout.

Jordan Binnington made 20 saves for St. Louis (1-1-0) before being replaced at the start of the third period by Ville Husso, who allowed four goals on 10 shots in his NHL debut.

Landeskog gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 4:03 of the second period, scoring glove side from the slot off a pass from MacKinnon.

Burakovsky made it 2-0 at 12:24 on the power play, and Landeskog scored his 200th NHL goal to increase the lead to 3-0 at 14:34 with a shot along the goal line after receiving a pass from Rantanen from behind the net. 

Rantanen made it 4-0 at 17:05 on the power play with a one-timer from the right face-off dot following a pass from Makar. The goal was his 100th in the NHL.

Kadri pushed the lead to 5-0 at 1:13 of the third period when he slapped in the rebound of MacKinnon’s initial shot on the power play.

MacKinnon then scored on a breakaway during a power play to make it 6-0 at 11:29, Joonas Donskoi redirected Toews’ shot during a power play at 12:02 to make it 7-0, and Toews scored another power-play goal at 14:56 for the 8-0 final.

Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo left the game with an upper-body injury after taking three shifts in the first period.

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