October 1, 2014

Blues are playoff bound following win over Avs

St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott makes a glove save in front of Colorado Avalanche's Cody McLeod in the third period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on April 23, 2013. St. Louis won the game 3-1.    UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott makes a glove save in the third period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on April 23, 2013.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Playing a more complete game against Colorado, the Blues secured one of the Western Conference playoff spots with a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche. The Blues, currently in sixth place, can still grab the fourth seed and gain a home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

The Blues scored two power play goals, Chris Stewart got his 100th career goal, 100th career assist and 200th career point, Jordan Leopold added his first points since joining the Blues and Brian Elliott bounced back by stopping 17 shots. The Blues lost 5-3 at Colorado on Sunday, and Elliott was pulled after allowing four goals on 19 shots.

“We grabbed it big-time today,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We played a great hockey game. We could have scored 10 goals today. We missed empty nets, we shot it over the net … we played a hard, heavy hockey game. The way we defended is the way we need to play to defend. We occupied the offensive zone and killed the clock that way, and that’s our game.

The Blues have two home games remaining: Thursday night against Calgary and the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, who may be vying for the President’s Trophy (most points in the NHL regular season.)