Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Sunday, October 12th
Game 2: Friday, December 26th
Game 3: Thursday, February 12th
Game 4: Thursday, February 26th

Blues 2

(1-0-1, 3 pts)

Avalanche 1

(1-1-0, 2 pts)

9:00 PM ET, October 12, 2003

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
STL 1 0 12
COL 0 0 11

C. Osgood (Blues - G): Saves: 39, Save Pct.: .975

K. Tkachuk (Blues - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

P. Kariya (Avalanche - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

St. Louis stalwart nets 400th goal

DENVER (AP) -- Keith Tkachuk wasn't impressed with his 400th career goal, and he gave all the credit to Pavol Demitra on his winning goal later in the game.

"It was an ugly goal," Tkachuk said of his milestone goal in the first period of the St. Louis Blues' 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night. "I was just putting myself in position where I'm around the net because eventually that's where the puck is going to be."

St. Louis took the lead with 6:47 remaining when Colorado got caught with four skaters deep inside St. Louis' zone. The puck came to Demitra on a three-on-one break, and he passed to Tkachuk, who flipped the puck over David Aebischer's left shoulder.

"Pavol made an unbelievable pass," Tkachuk said. "I still can't believe he made that pass. I just put it in the open net."

Tkachuk, who has all three goals for the Blues this year, became the 74th player in NHL history with 400 goals at 16:13 of the first period.

"Keith had a heck of a game and has played great in the two games," St. Louis coach Joel Quenneville said. "He is a power forward who, when he plays like that, there are not too many players in the league that can play that game."

Chris Osgood made 39 saves, and the Blues killed six power plays in winning for the first time this year.

Paul Kariya scored his second goal in as many games for the Avalanche, who were 1-for-7 on the power play.

"We had a lot of scoring chances," Kariya said. "Osgood made some good saves, but that obviously was not our best effort."

The Avalanche had more scoring chances, but St. Louis cashed in on a five-on-three power-play to lead 1-0 after one period. Osgood withstood two three-shot flurries to keep Colorado at bay.

With Karlis Skrastins already off for holding, Rob Blake drew a two-minute tripping minor and the Avalanche nearly killed the Skrastins infraction when Doug Weight got the puck at the left point. Aebischer stopped Weight's shot, but Tkachuk sent the rebound just inside the left post at 16:13.

Osgood continued to stand tall in a scoreless second period when the Blues were outshot 19-3 and had to kill four penalties. He stopped Peter Forsberg twice during a 45-second five-on-three disadvantage late in the period.

"I thought that was a key point of the game," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "If you look at the difference in the game, they made the most of their five-on-three and we didn't."

Kariya tied the score at 1-all at 4:23 of the third period with Colorado on its sixth power play. Teemu Selanne fed Blake with a cross-ice pass and Blake sent the puck to Kariya in the slot for the goal.

Game notes

St. Louis is 4-10-3-0 and has been outscored 54-34 in Denver. ... Blues center Mike Danton stood face-to-face with Forsberg without exchanging blows after receiving coincidental minor penalties in the first period. ... Aebischer's shutout streak of 76 minutes, 13 seconds ended with Tkachuk's goal. It was the longest franchise scoreless streak to start a season. ... Colorado recalled defenseman D.J. Smith from its Hershey affiliate.

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