St. Louis clinches playoff spot with win against Avs

Chris Stewart

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Chris Stewart reached career milestones of 100 goals and 100 assists and the St. Louis Blues clinched a playoff berth with two games to spare, beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Brian Elliott had to make just 17 saves two nights after getting yanked in a 5-3 loss at Colorado that squandered the Blues' first chance at clinching. St. Louis, which entered the game needing a point to qualify, scored two power play goals for the first time in 32 games since Feb. 15 in the home-and-home rematch.

Patrik Berglund and Andy McDonald beat Semyon Varlamov on
consecutive shots in the second period to make it 3-0.

Together, that duo had mustered two assists in 14 games.

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