Dubnyk wins Avalanche debut against Blues

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ST. LOUIS — Devan Dubnyk made 31 saves in his debut with the Colorado Avalanche, who held off the St. Louis Blues for a 4-3 win at Enterprise Center on Wednesday.
 

Dubnyk, who was acquired in a trade with the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, got the start after Philipp Grubauer was placed in NHL COVID-19 protocol earlier in the day.

Mikko Rantanen and J.T. Compher each had a goal and an assist, and Liam O’Brien had two assists for the Avalanche (30-9-4), who are 17-1-2 their past 20 games.

Mike Hoffman had two goals and an assist for the Blues (19-17-6), who had their three-game winning streak end. Jordan Binnington made 24 saves.

Compher gave Colorado a 2-1 lead at 2:52 of the second period, jamming in a loose puck in the crease after O’Brien’s redirection hit the post. 

Rantanen scored on a one-timer on the power play to make it 3-1 at 5:17. He has nine points (five goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak. 

Brandon Saad scored extended the lead to 4-1 at 11:17 of the second.

Hoffman cut it to 4-2 at 5:55 of the third period when he shot the puck from behind the net in off Dubnyk’s back. A video review determined that Hoffman’s shot completely crossed Colorado’s goal line in a legal fashion prior to the net coming off its moorings.

Hoffman then made it 4-3 at 16:44 with a one-timer on the power play.

Tyler Bozak had the opportunity to tie it 29 seconds later following a centering pass from Jordan Kyrou, but Dubnyk slid across the crease to stop the shot with his pads.

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 10:28 of the first period. It was the 31st time Colorado has scored first this season, the most in the NHL.

Vince Dunn scored a power-play goal at 15:20 to tie it 1-1.

Avalanche forward Joonas Donskoi missed the game due to an illness not related to COVID-19.

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