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Colorado 5, St. Louis 1
When: 9:30 PM ET, Friday, May 21, 2021
Where: Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Referees: Jean Hebert, Chris Lee
Linesmen: Devin Berg, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: 9000

Ryan Graves celebrated his 26th birthday with a goal and two assists while leading the visiting Colorado Avalanche past the St. Louis Blues 5-1 Friday.

The Avalanche seized a commanding 3-0 advantage in the best-of-seven West Division first-round playoff series. Game 4 will be Sunday afternoon.

Alex Newhook, Tyson Jost, Brandon Saad and J.T. Compher also scored for the Avalanche, and goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 31 saves.

Tyler Bozak scored for the Blues, and Jordan Binnington stopped 21 shots.

The Blues played without defensemen Justin Faulk and Robert Bortuzzo, who sustained head injuries in Game 2. With Vince Dunn (upper-body injury) and Jake Walman (COVID-19 protocol) still sidelined, the Blues had to plug AHL defensemen Steven Santini and Mitch Reinke into the lineup.

The Avalanche were missing center Nazem Kadri, who started his eight-game NHL suspension for his head-high, blind-side hit on Faulk on Wednesday.

After both teams just missed on tremendous scoring chances during a scoreless first period, Graves put the Avalanche up 1-0 less than two minutes into the second period.

With the puck rolling into the Blues zone, Graves jumped out of the penalty box and raced after it. Binnington came out of his net hoping to claim it, but Graves got there first to score.

After Colorado's Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar hit posts with shots, Newhook put the Avalanche up 2-0. He scored his first NHL goal -- regular season or playoff -- with a rebound conversion from the right dot with 7:23 left in the middle period.

Jost made it 3-0 with 3:52 left in the second period by banking home his own rebound off a two-on-one rush.

The Blues were penalized for losing their challenge for goaltender interference on that play, but Bozak cut the deficit to 3-1 with a short-handed goal nine seconds later.

Saad scored off the rush to make it 4-1 at 13:42 of the third period, and Compher's empty-net goal made it 5-1 at 19:06.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Colorado   St. Louis
Ryan Graves 3 Points Tyler Bozak 1
Ryan Graves 1 Goals Tyler Bozak 1
Ryan Graves 2 Assists Ryan O'Reilly 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
J.T. Compher 1 Short Handed Goals Tyler Bozak 1
Philipp Grubauer .969 Save Percentage Jordan Binnington .840
Philipp Grubauer 31 Saves Jordan Binnington 21
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Colorado 26 5 0-4 3-3 8 28
St. Louis 32 1 0-3 4-4 10 26
Upcoming Games
  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against Colorado. The Blues have a W/L % of .577 after a win and .379 after a loss.
  • Colorado will play their next game on the road against St. Louis. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .684 after a win and .765 after a loss.