The Avalanche climb the overall standings

The Avalanche climb the overall standings

In the only National Hockey League game featured that afternoon, the Colorado Avalanche triumphed 4-2 over the St. Louis Blues.

It is the second win in three games against the Blues this season for Jared Bednar’s side.

“It was a good game from our side,” the Avalanche pilot said, according to the Denver Post. In the third period we worked hard and were aggressive. It’s not our first game against them and that allows us to develop a rivalry.

In the first half, the Avalanche scored twice against goaltender Jordan Binnington, who was panicking by the end of the game.

Tensions ran high towards the end of the second period, however, when the Canada goalkeeper came out of his half-circle after the final whistle and hit Logan O’Connor with his stick.

“I love it,” Binnington said of the boos he received during the game. It’s loud, 18,000 people hate you. But it does not bother me.”

Striker Alex Newhook, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Saturday, gave himself a gift by scoring his 12th goal of the season on his own setback.

The Newfoundland native became the first player in the Avalanche organization’s history to score on two consecutive birthdays. Last year, the former first-round pick scored against the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 28.

JT Compher in the first period and Evan Rodrigues in the second period also scored for Colorado.

The Blues began a comeback midway through the second half when Saskatoon-born forward Brayden Schenn escaped Alexander Georgiev’s vigilance with an extra man.

Former Moncton Wildcats Ivan Barbashev also added his name to Craig Berube’s men’s goalscoring list.

In his second game since being recaptured by the Avs, Matt Nieto ended all hopes for the Missouri team by scoring in an abandoned cage with two seconds left.

The Avalanche won a fourth game in their last five games and temporarily climbed to third place in the Central Division. For St. Louis, this is the fourth loss in a row.