DENVER (AP) — Ryan Miller stopped 26 shots, and David Backes broke up a scoreless game in the second period, helping the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 Saturday in a Central Division showdown.
Patrik Berglund added a pivotal insurance goal early in the third period, and the Blues won their fourth straight.
Colorado finally solved Miller midway through the final period when P.A. Parenteau lifted a shot over him while he was trying for his first shutout in nearly two years. Miller is 4-0 since being acquired from Buffalo.
Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon had his point streak snapped at 13 games. It is the NHL's longest streak by an 18-year-old player.
St. Louis improved to a league-best 17-0-1 in division games. The Blues have outscored the Avs 13-5 in taking all three games in the season series.
SENATORS 5, JETS 3
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Ales Hemsky had four assists in his second game with Ottawa, and the struggling Senators held off Winnipeg.