Blues defeat Avalanche in season opener


DENVER — Oskar Sundqvist scored two goals for the St. Louis Blues in a 4-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena on Wednesday in the season opener for each team.

Jordan Kyrou and Kyle Clifford scored, Robert Thomas had two assists, and Jordan Binnington made 26 saves for St. Louis.

Andre Burakovsky scored, and Philipp Grubauer made 28 saves for Colorado.

Burakovsky gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 4:55 of the first period with a power-play goal. J.T. Compher‘s pass from the left boards slid through Nazem Kadri‘s legs to Burakovsky for a shot in the right circle.

Sundqvist tied the game 1-1 at 9:29. Jaden Schwartz took a drop pass from Thomas and fed Sundqvist driving to the net.

Kyrou made it 2-1 at 13:15 with a tap-in from in front on a give-and-go with Tyler Bozak.

Clifford scored in his Blues debut to make it 3-1 at 6:46 of the third period. After Colorado defenseman Samuel Girard lost the puck to Ivan Barbashev behind the net, Barbashev passed to Clifford for a shot from the right hash marks.

Sundqvist made it 4-1 at 14:22 when he put in his own rebound after accepting a pass from Thomas.

St. Louis forward Mike Hoffman, who signed a one-year contract Monday, wasn’t eligible to play because his work visa had yet to be approved. The Blues expect he will be available against the Avalanche on Friday.

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