Avs Catch Blues – NHL Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Blues certainly have picked an awful time to reel off their longest losing streak of the season. They remain one point behind West-leading Anaheim and are in a virtual tie with Colorado for first place in the Central Division.
It's now four straight losses for St. Louis after Kyle Brodziak scored twice and John Curry stopped 43 shots in the Wild's 4-2 win over the Blues in Minnesota. Matt Moulson snapped a 2-2 tie with 2 ½ minutes left in the second period before Brodziak added an insurance tally 58 seconds into the third. Brodziak also had a short-handed goal to help Curry win his first NHL appearance since 2009-10.
The Avalanche caught the Blues by scoring the last two goals in a 4-2 triumph at Vancouver. Tyson Barrie scored the tiebreaking goal with 7 ½ minute left before John Mitchell's empty-netter clinched it.
Paul Stastny (STAS'-nee) scored twice for the Avs, who own the tiebreaker over the Blues.
Also on ice:
— The New York Rangers pulled out a 2-1 win over Buffalo on Rick Nash's goal with just 1:42 remaining. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots as the Rangers, who moved four points ahead of Philadelphia and Columbus for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
— Richard Panik, Eric Brewer and Steven Stamkos scored third-period goals as Tampa Bay doubled up the Flyers 4-2. Tyler Johnson and Stamkos each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who are within one point of Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division.
— Evgeni Nabokov (nah-BAH'-kahv) needed to make just 19 saves in his fourth shutout of the season as the New York Islanders topped the Canadiens 2-0 in Montreal. Ryan Strome (strohm) and Brock Nelson scored power-play goals 4:35 apart late in the second period.
— Craig Smith and Patric Hornqvist each scored their 21st goals of the season before Pekka Rinne (PEK'-uh RIN'-ay) completed a 29-save shutout in Nashville's 2-0 verdict over Phoenix. The Coyotes remain two points behind Dallas for the final Western Conference playoff berth with two games to play.
— Evander Kane scored with 1:57 left in regulation before Bryan Little notched the lone shootout goal in Winnipeg's 2-1 win over Boston. The Bruins are three points ahead of Anaheim with two games left as the two teams try to claim home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
— Marian Gaborik (GAB'-oh-rihk) scored twice and had an assist as Los Angeles blanked Edmonton 3-0. Martin Jones picked up his fourth shutout in 19 NHL games with a 17-save effort.
— Troy Brouwer (BROW'-ur) scored twice and Braden Holtby stopped 36 shots in Washington's 5-2 win at Carolina.
— Erik Karlsson scored the only shootout goal in the fourth round to push Ottawa past New Jersey 2-1.
— Florida was a 4-2 winner against Toronto as Nick Bjugstad (BYOOG'-stad) notched two goals and an assist for the Panthers.