The St. Louis Blues' struggles against the Colorado Avalanche continued on Friday night in Denver.
The Blues coughed up a lead by allowing a goal with just 53.7 seconds remaining and then lost in a shootout, 2-1, at Pepsi Center, snapping a three-game winning streak.
“You play 60 minutes like that — well 59 — and you don’t come out with a win,” Blues goalie Brian Elliott told reporters. “It’s frustrating but it’s a lesson that you have to put teams away.”
The Blues (28-15-8, 64 points), who have lost all three meetings against the Avalanche this season, had won three straight games and five of six following a season-high five-game losing streak.
St. Louis has earned points in nine of its last 10 games and is now one point behind the Dallas Stars for second place in the Central Division and four points behind the first-place Chicago Blackhawks.
“We’re getting points,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told reporters. “That’s all that matters.”
The Avalanche tied it with 53.7 seconds left on a goal from Nathan MacKinnon, who also scored late against the Blues on Jan. 6, a game Colorado came back to win 4-3 in overtime.
Elliott stopped 40 of the 41 shots he faced in regulation and the overtime period, but he couldn’t stop Gabriel Landeskog on the first attempt of the shootout.
Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko and Brouwer couldn’t score on Semyon Varlamov in the shootout and the Avalanche emerged with the win and two points.
The Blues are back in action on Sunday night in Chicago against the Blackhawks (32-15-4, 68 points) in the final game before the All-Star break.