Blues pass Avalanche to level streak

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Credit: Isaiah J. Downing – USA TODAY Sports

David Perron scored twice, Jordan Kyrou and Brandon Saad also scored, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals Thursday night at Denver.

Jordan Binnington stopped 30 shots and Pavel Buchnevich had two assists for St. Louis, which tied the best-of-seven series at one win apiece.

Gabriel Landeskog scored and Darcy Kuemper made 28 saves for the Avalanche, which lost for the first time in the playoffs and saw off its eight-game winning streak against the Blues in the playoffs.

Game 3 is Saturday night in St. Louis.

The Blues controlled play in the first half before finally breaking through early in the second. Ryan O’Reilly carried the puck through the neutral zone and fed Kyrou as he skated into the Colorado zone. Kyrou used Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard as a screen and shot over Kuemper’s left shoulder to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 5:45.

It was Kyrou’s fifth goal in the playoffs.

Colorado had a chance for revenge on the power play but couldn’t score, then the Blues scored on a five-on-three late in the second period.

While Devon Toews was out for tripping, Valeri Nichushkin ran into Binnington and was called out for goalie interference. St. Louis had 1:03 of a two-man advantage and cashed in with 13 seconds left when Perron scored from the left circle at 19:26.

The Avalanche took advantage of the power play early in the third and made it count. Landeskog tossed a loose puck over Binnington’s left shoulder 1:49 into the period to score his fourth goal of the playoffs.

Colorado kept the pressure on, but it was the Blues who scored the next goal. Perron stole the puck on his side, skated into the Avalanche zone and shot through Kuemper at 10:31 for his seventh of the playoffs.

Kuemper came out for an extra skater and Saad scored in the empty net at 18:10.

–Field level media

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