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Avs Pick Up Another Road Divisional Win

Fresh off a win in Nashville, the Colorado Avalanche looked to pick up another win on the road against a divisional foe. This time, the Avs faced off against the St. Louis Blues for the first time this season.St. Louis Blues Jay Bouwmeester and Colorado Avalanche Semyon Varlamov

Just like in Nashville, the Avs started the game with a 2-0 lead, this time with goals from Jack Skille and John Mitchell. Skille scored with a slapshot from just in front of the blue line, while Mitchell tapped in the puck at close range. For Mitchell, it was his first goal since his OT winner against the Minnesota Wild on December 7. The Avalanche led 2-0 after one period and kept that lead after two periods thanks to a strong outing by Semyon Varlamov at net. Varlamov had a rough start to the season, but his outings in Nashville and St. Louis have had many saying that he could be back to his old form. Regarding the assists on the Avs goals, Mikhail Grigorenko had the helper on Skille’s goal, while Brandon Gormley and Alex Tanguay had the assists on Mitchell’s goal.carl-soderberg

Vladimir Tarasenko ended Varlamov’s shutout bid in the third with a tally to make it 2-1. The assists were provided by David Backes and former Avalanche player Paul Stastny. In the final minute of the period, Carl Soderberg clinched the game with an empty net goal to give the Avalanche their second straight win, by a score of 3-1.

The Avalanche improved to 14-16-1 with the win in St. Louis, as well as 5-2 in the month of December. The win also improves the Avs’ road record to 10-9-0, while also winning their third straight divisional game.

The Avs head to Chicago on Tuesday to face off against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks.

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