February 9, 2018 / 4:01 AM / 7 months ago

After early fight, Schenn steers Blues past Avalanche

Brayden Schenn got into a fight three seconds into the game, scored two goals and notched his 300th NHL point as the St. Louis Blues defeated the visiting Colorado Avalanche 6-1 on Thursday night.

Schenn and Gabriel Landeskog dropped their gloves at the three-second mark, and each received a five-minute major for fighting. After that, Schenn scored the game’s first goal later in the period to reach his milestone.

He added a goal in the second period. Schenn leads the team in goals (23) and points (53).

Blues coach Mike Yeo shook up his lines in the game. Schenn played on the second line with Jaden Schwartz and Patrik Berglund — and each scored points.

Schwartz and Berglund each finished with one assist while teammate Vince Dunn led the way with three helpers.

Dunn became the first St. Louis rookie defenseman to post three assists in a game since January 2008.

Carter Hutton made 23 saves for the Blues in the victory.

St. Louis broke the game open with a four-goal second period. After the contest was tied at one early in the middle period, the Blues scored on four of their 11 shots in the period and took a 5-1 lead.

Colorado goalie Jonathan Bernier entered the contest 11-2-1 in his past 14 games but gave up three goals on 20 shots and was pulled at the 5:05 mark of the second period. Semyon Varlamov replaced him but allowed two goals on four shots in the rest of the period. Overall, Varlamov stopped eight of the 11 shots he faced.

Schenn made it 1-0 with a power-play goal 8:41 into the game, scoring on a rebound. The Avalanche tied it when Gabriel Bourque stole the puck inside the Blues’ zone and scored on a mini-breakaway at 2:50 of the second period.

The Blues then took command with four straight goals in just 10:44.

Ivan Barbashev put St. Louis on top 4:17 into the second period before Schenn scored from between the circles only 48 seconds later. That ended Bernier’s night, but the Blues kept rolling, getting goals from Kyle Brodziak and Alex Pietrangelo later in the period for the four-goal edge.

Paul Stastny (one goal, one assist) added a third-period goal for the 6-1 final.

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