Colorado captain Joe Sakic felt the Avalanche had to take
advantage of their three-game homestand, and they took a big
first step when they downed the Stanley Cup champion Carolina
Hurricanes on Monday, 5-2.
The Avalanche trailed, 2-1, early in the third period, but two
quick goals from Andrew Brunette and John-Michael Liles just
under two minutes apart gave Colorado a 3-2 lead.
Sakic and Pierre Turgeon then scored insurance goals for the
Avalanche, who went 3-for-5 on the power play. Peter Budaj was
sharp between the pipes for Colorado, making 26 saves.
Turgeon has two goals in the three games since returning from
off-season shoulder surgery.
The Blues lost in Andy Murray's debut as coach, 3-2, to the
Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. St. Louis took a 1-0 lead in the
first period on Christian Backman's goal, but allowed three
straight Blackhawks goals in the second period.
St. Louis' Doug Weight trimmed the deficit to 3-2 with 1:27 left
in the second period, but the Blues could not get the equalizer
in the third period after only getting five shots.
The Blues have the fewest wins (seven) and points (18) in the