Hejduk, Avs bounce Blues in OT | SummitDaily.com

Hejduk, Avs bounce Blues in OT

Colorado Avalanche goaltender David Aebischer is surrounded by teammates after he shut out the St. Louis Blues in a post game shoot out in their National Hockey League game Tuesday, March 7, 2006 in St. Louis. The Avalanches scored one goal in the shootout to beat the Blues 2-1.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

ST. LOUIS (AP) ” Milan Hejduk scored the only goal in a shootout to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

David Aebischer made 23 saves for the victory, and Curtis Sanford stopped 22 shots for the Blues in their first home game since Feb. 4.

Christian Backman broke a scoreless tie 4:44 into the third period, whistling a slap shot from the top of the circle past a screened Aebischer. The goal came with Colorado’s Kurt Sauer off for hooking.

Colorado tied it with just 5:28 left in regulation when Joe Sakic knocked in a loose puck off a rebound for his 22nd goal of the season. The rebound came after Sanford couldn’t handle Alex Tanguay’s shot from the right side.

Colorado broke a two-game losing streak in its second straight game without rookie Marek Svatos, the team’s scoring leader who is out with a shoulder injury.

The first period was a quiet one for both teams. St. Louis outshot Colorado 7-5 and neither goalie was tested.

The second period was pretty much the same as the first. Colorado only had six shots at Sanford, and St. Louis fired eight at Colorado’s Aebischer.

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