Avalanche give Blues first loss after late rally falls short

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ST. LOUIS — The Colorado Avalanche handed the St. Louis Blues their first loss of the season with a 4-3 win at Enterprise Center on Thursday.

J.T. Compher scored twice, Cale Makar had a goal and an assist, and Darcy Kuemper made 15 saves for the Avalanche (3-4-0), who had lost four of their past five games and were playing without forward Mikko Rantanen (undisclosed).

Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist, and Jordan Binnington made 38 saves for the Blues (5-1-0), who were playing without captain Ryan O’Reilly because of COVID-19 protocol.

Compher gave Colorado a 2-1 lead with power-play goal at 11:33 of the second period, and Nazem Kadri scored glove side on a rush following a turnover by Jake Neighbours to extend the lead to 3-1 at 14:40.

Brayden Schenn cut it to 3-2 on a one-timer at 4:13 of the third, but Makar scored 38 seconds later from the high slot to make it 4-2.

Tarasenko got the Blues back to within 4-3 when he scored at 16:01.

Colton Parayko gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 9:21 of the first when his slap shot from the right point trickled five-hole on Kuemper.

Compher tied it 1-1 at 18:12, redirecting Ryan Murray‘s point shot from the high slot past Binnington.

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