Sundqvist, Binnington assist Blues open with 4-1 win over Avs

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DENVER (AP) — Oskar Sundqvist scored twice and blocked 4 photographs, Jordan Binnington made 26 saves and the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Wednesday night time within the season opener for each groups.

Jordan Kyrou additionally discovered the web after being recalled from the taxi squad, and new addition Kyle Clifford added one other aim because the Blues scored 4 unanswered.

Andre Burakovsky scored early within the first interval for the Avalanche, whose streak of season-opening wins was halted at 4.

It was a surreal begin to the season inside a largely empty Ball Enviornment, the place synthetic noise was pumped in and once in a while would all of a sudden minimize out. There have been good-luck indicators from followers lining the glass close to the web earlier than the sport.

Binnington was sensible all night time, together with a cease of Nathan MacKinnon’s shot within the second interval after the Colorado ahead sped coast-to-coast, weaving by means of visitors.

Not solely did Sundqvist rating within the first and third, he additionally absorbed some bumps and bruises alongside the way in which. He briefly limped off after blocking a shot together with his leg within the first interval. He later bought up slowly after crashing into the boards whereas making an attempt to attain.

Kyrou was recalled from the taxi squad Wednesday morning after making the journey with the workforce. His aim at 13:15 of the primary gave the Blues a 2-1 lead. It was a nifty little bit of passing that arrange the rating, too, as Kyrou despatched the puck to Tyler Bozak, who despatched it proper again to Kyrou for the aim.

It was a tough begin for Philipp Grubauer, who stopped 28 of 32 photographs for Colorado.

The Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights enter the season as favorites to win the West Division. However don’t low cost the Blues — as they demonstrated.

“We’re high quality being the place we’re at,” coach Craig Berube mentioned of the preseason hype. “We’ll go and present them on the ice. That’s all we are able to do.”

AROUND THE RINK

The Blues positioned ahead Vladimir Tarasenko (higher physique) on long-term injured reserve. … Blues F Mike Hoffman didn’t play resulting from visa points. He signed a one-year contract Monday after knowledgeable tryout with St. Louis on Dec. 27. … Blues F Robert Thomas had two assists.

HONORING LACROIX

Earlier than the sport, the Avalanche held a ceremony and second of silence to honor former normal supervisor Pierre Lacroix, who died on Dec. 13 at 72. Lacroix was the driving drive in turning the Avalanche into an influence after the workforce relocated from Quebec to Denver for the 1995-96 season. The Avalanche gained the Stanley Cup in ’96 and ’01 below his management.

COVID-19 ABSENCE

Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson just lately examined optimistic for COVID-19. The workforce hopes he’ll be capable to return Saturday.

OH, CAPTAIN

Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog was happy to see Blues ahead Ryan O’Reilly promoted to the function of Blues captain this season. The 2 had been as soon as teammates on the Avalanche.

“Very hard-working man and a very good teammate. Places the workforce first,” defined the 28-year-old Landeskog, who’s been Colorado’s captain since 2012.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Blues keep in Denver to play Colorado once more on Friday.

“It type of reminds us a little bit of just like the playoffs, if you go away to play these first two video games of a collection,” O’Reilly mentioned.

Final season, the Avs and Blues break up their 4 conferences, with the house workforce profitable each matchup.

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