Blues and Avalanche ready to renew hostilities

News-DemocratNovember 26, 2013 

In one of their best periods in recent memory, the St. Louis Blues scored four goals and won all three fights during the second period of a dominant 7-4 victory on Nov. 14 over the Colorado Avalanche.

After the game, the Avalanche were none too pleased about a lot of things. Among their complaints was that former Colorado winger Chris Stewart raised his hands over his head in celebration following a fight with the Avs' Cory Sarich.

That earned Stewart an extra unsportsmanlike penalty for his actions, as well as the ire of the Avalanche with goaltender J.S. Giguere calling it "gutless," before later adding "it's an emotional game."

That figures to make Wednesday's rematch in Denver that much more intense as two of the Western Conference's top teams renew their Central Division rivalry.

The Blues (17-3-3) have won four in a row and are 8-1-1 in their previous 10 games. Colorado (17-5) has won six of its last 10, cooling off just a bit after a quick start under new coach Patrick Roy.

Blues winger T.J. Oshie had a career-high four assists in the previous win over the Avs and Alexander Steen had two goals.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or on Twitter @NormSanders

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