Former Blues number one pick Erik Johnson came back to haunt his old team just four days after they traded him to Colorado. The defensemen scored with just over five minutes to play to break a 2-2 tie and help the Avalanche snap a 10 game losing streak by beating the Blues 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Johnson was traded with Jay McClement to the Avs for defensemen Kirk Shattenkirk and forward Chris Stewart. The new Blues also got back at their former team. Shattenkirk assisted on Stewart’s power play goal late in the second period that tied the game at two. The Blues failed to scored with a two man advantage after McClement was followed into the box by teammate Matt Hunwick.
In fact the crowd was booing the Blues for poor execution on the 5 on 3 advantage, but a shot from the circle deflected off Stewart’s pants and past Colorado goalie Peter Budaj.
After Johnson gave Colorado the lead, Paul Stastny gave the Avs a two goal insurance, but Andy McDonald scored 22 seconds later at 17:44 to make it a one goal final.