Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak has always played the Colorado Avalanche well in his previous starts in Denver where he came in with a stingy 1.79 GAA. On Monday night, the Avs pounded Halak for six goals on 23 shots as the Blues lost again 6-3.

The Blues lost their fourth in a row and after winning nine of their first 12, have managed just one win in the last five games.

Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles matched his career highs with two goals and three points in the first period as Colorado erased an early 1-0 Blues’ lead to go up 3-1. The Blues cut the lead to 3-2 at 14:56 of the second on a goal by defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, who sat out the previous seven games because of a concussion.

The Avs came back and hammered Halak with two goals 17 seconds apart to make it a 5-2 game. At 7:26 of the third, Brad Boyes scored a power play goal to pull the Blues to within 5-3, but Kevin Porter scored for Colorado six minutes later.