Sobotka scores, Blues defeat AvsOfficial summary of the game between Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues.
Vladimir Sobotka scored for the St. Louis Blues in his first NHL game since 2014 in a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Scottrade Center on Sunday.
Sobotka, who played the past three seasons with in the Kontinental Hockey League, tied it 2-2 at 3:20 of the third period. He signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Blues on Thursday.
Zach Sanford and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored, and Jake Allen made 32 saves for the Blues (46-29-7), who will face the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Tarasenko put St. Louis ahead 3-2 at 4:39 of the third.
Mikko Rantanen and Francois Beauchemin scored, and Calvin Pickard made 24 saves for the Avalanche (22-56-4).
Colorado finished the regular season with 12 consecutive road losses (0-11-1) and one win in its final 24 road games (1-21-2).
Sanford put the Blues ahead 1-0 at 19:37 of the first period.
Rantanen scored twice in the second period to give Colorado a 2-1 lead. He tied it at 4:03, then put the Avalanche ahead 2-1 at 15:02.
-- by Louie Korac for NHL.com --
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10/04/2017 - 04:00