Blues defeat Avalanche, gain in West playoff race

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ST. LOUIS — David Perron had a goal and two assists to help the St. Louis Blues defeat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 at Enterprise Center on Monday.

Ryan O’Reilly had two assists, and Jordan Binnington made 30 saves for the Blues (21-19-6), who won the final two of the three-game set and moved one point ahead of the Arizona Coyotes for fourth place in the Honda West Division. The top four teams will qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Nathan MacKinnon scored to extend his point streak to 14 games for the Avalanche (31-11-4), who have lost two in a row in regulation for just the second time this season. Jonas Johansson made 16 saves.

Colorado, which went 5-3-0 against St. Louis this season, remained one point ahead of the Minnesota Wild for second in the division with one game in hand.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored a power-play goal at 9:25 of the first period gave the Blues a 1-0 lead.

Brayden Schenn made it 2-0 at 13:34 with a one-timer from the left circle. The goal was his first since March 8 (20 games).

Perron deflected a point shot from Justin Faulk five-hole on Johansson to extend the lead to 3-0 at 7:02 of the second period.

MacKinnon cut it to 3-1 at 8:24. He has scored 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) during his point streak, which is tied for the longest in the NHL this season.

Robert Thomas, who was playing in his second game since returning from an upper-body injury, made it 4-1 at 10:53 of the second.

The Avalanche played without forwards Mikko Rantanen and Joonas Donskoi, who were removed from COVID-19 protocol earlier Monday, and forward Brandon Saad, who is out 2-4 weeks with a lower-body injury.

The Blues were without defensemen Colton Parayko (upper body) and Vince Dunn (upper body).

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