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St. Louis 5, Colorado 2
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, December 16, 2019
Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Referees: Francois St. Laurent, Justin St. Pierre
Linesmen: Brad Kovachik, Pierre Racicot
Attendance: 18096

David Perron scored a hat trick as the St. Louis Blues defeated the visiting Colorado Avalanche 5-2 Monday night to remain atop the Western Conference.

The Blues won their third straight game while extending their lead over the second-place Avalanche to three points. They have won six consecutive games against Colorado during the last two seasons.

Vince Dunn and Jordan Kyrou also scored for the Blues, who are 8-1-1 against Central Division teams this season. Ryan O'Reilly had two assists and goaltender Jordan Binnington made 26 saves.

Mikko Rantanen and Nazem Kadri scored for the Avalanche, who had their nine-game points streak stopped. Philipp Grubauer, who returned after missing three games with a hamstring strain, stopped 30 of 34 shots.

The Blues struck first when Perron scored with 69 seconds left in the first period, connecting from a sharp left-side angle off O'Reilly's diagonal pass. Perron started the scoring play by fighting off a check just inside the Avalanche blue line.

But Kadri tied the score 1-1 just 55 seconds into the second period. He won an offensive zone draw in the left circle, then slid to the right side to convert a cross-ice pass from Ryan Graves from the left wall.

Rantanen's power-play goal midway through the second period, on a blast from the right circle, gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead.

With Kadri in the penalty box for a double-minor high-sticking infraction late in the period, the Blues scored twice during a span of 36 seconds to take a 3-2 lead.

First, Perron capitalized with a shot from the left circle, off an Alex Pietrangelo pass, then Dunn converted a give-and-go play down low with Tyler Bozak.

Kyrou pushed the lead to 4-2 in the third period by stealing a pass in the neutral zone, breaking in alone on Grubauer and scoring a wraparound goal.

Perron's empty-net goal with 3:55 left to play iced the game.

--Field Level Media

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Colorado   St. Louis
Nazem Kadri 1 Points David Perron 3
Nazem Kadri 1 Goals David Perron 3
Samuel Girard 1 Assists Ryan O'Reilly 2
Mikko Rantanen 1 Power Play Goals David Perron 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Philipp Grubauer .882 Save Percentage Jordan Binnington .929
Philipp Grubauer 30 Saves Jordan Binnington 26
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Colorado 28 2 1-2 1-3 8 23
St. Louis 35 5 2-3 1-2 6 29
Upcoming Games
  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against Edmonton. The Blues have a W/L % of .714 after a win and .429 after a loss.
  • Colorado will play their next game on the road against Chicago. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .583 after a loss.