Mike Kitchen’s first game as the Blues head coach was certainly entertaining. St. Louis battled back to earn a 2-2 tie and a point with the Avalanche in Denver. Milan Hejduk made Kitchen’s debut a little uncomfortable when he scored at the 3:35 mark of the first period to give the Colorado the early lead. At the 1:32 mark of the second period Hejduk struck again to put the Blues in a 2-0 hole. It remained 2-0 until the 15:16 mark of the second, when Dallas Drake scored on a goal assisted by Doug Weight and Eric Boguniecki. Three minutes and four seconds later, Keith Tkachuk scored on a power play goal from Pavol Demitra and Chris Pronger to tie it up. No one scored the rest of the way or in overtime. Chris Osgood was in goal for the Blues and made 25 saves. St. Louis remains in ninth place in the Western Conference standings.