Avs hope they've turned the corner at home

DENVER (AP) -- Having won only twice in 11 home games, the Colorado Avalanche are looking for help anywhere they can get it.

They got it from an unexpected source Wednesday night as Mike Keane scored the tying goal in the third period, and Joe Sakic added a goal and an assist in a 4-4 tie with the St. Louis Blues.

"All we've heard has been the negative talk,'' said Keane, who scored just his third goal. "Sure, we would have liked to win more at home, but we have played some real good teams and we are proud of that.''

Vaclav Nedorost and Dan Hinote also scored for the Avalanche, 2-0-1 in their last three games but only 2-4-5-1 at home. Patrick Roy stopped 32 shots.

"We showed a lot of character tonight, coming back from a
two-goal deficit twice,'' Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. "Our
club made a couple of mistakes that cost us goals, but we also did
a lot of good things.''

Keith Tkachuk scored his fifth goal in seven games. Scott
Mellanby, Bryce Salvador and Cory Stillman had goals for the Blues,
0-2-1 in their last three games.

The Blues took a 4-3 lead early in the third period on goals by
Salvador and Stillman. Salvador converted a pass from Stillman at
50 seconds, and Stillman stole the puck from Colorado defensemen
Derek Morris and stuffed the puck past Roy at 2:57.

"We jumped their defensemen pretty good on those plays,''
Stillman said. "The puck just jumped over the defenseman's stick
on my goal.''

Sakic set up Keane's wrist shot from the middle of the right
circle to tie it 4-4 at 7:31.

"The best part about this was we got back up twice after being
down,'' Keane said. "We can build on what we did.''

St. Louis outshot the Avalanche 6-0 in overtime. Roy made big
saves on Tkachuk and Stillman during a Blues power play.

Mellanby extended the St. Louis lead to 2-0, stealing a pass
from Morris and sending a one-timer past Roy at 10:19 of the second

Colorado scored three unanswered goals, 4 minutes, 58 seconds
apart, to take a 3-2 lead. Nedorost deflected a pass from Martin
Skoula into the net at 12:29.

Sakic sent a wrist shot over Fred Brathwaite's glove at 15:14.
Hinote gave Colorado a 3-2 lead by deflecting Alex Tanguay's shot
from the right point at 17:27.

"We were playing perfect until Nedorost's goal,'' St. Louis
coach Joel Quenneville said. "We had given them nothing, and all
of a sudden they had a lot of life.''

With Greg de Vries off for high-sticking, St. Louis took a 1-0
lead 2:02 into the game. Doug Weight sent a pass to Tkachuk, who
tucked the puck between Roy's pads.

Game notes
The St. Louis penalty-killing unit, ranked 29th on the
road, was perfect in four chances. ... Christian Laflamme was
leveled by a check from Peter Forsberg midway through the third
period. ... Injured Avalanche C Dean McAmmond participated in the
morning skate. McAmmond (sore back) has yet to play this season.
... Scott Parker was held out because of a bruised right hand. ...
Colorado is 2-4-5-1 at home. Sakic already has 20 penalty minutes
after accumulating 18 all last season.