A heart-stopping game got off to an inauspicious start thanks to NBCSN's super sweet Rivalry Night double-header coverage, the first 3 and 1/2 minutes of the Avs Game was preempted by the finale of the Penguins/Flyers game (an actual rivalry). Brian Engblom said that Jamie McGinn hit a post during those mythical minutes, but I guess we'll never know....

What we did see though when the game finally found airwaves was Parenteau hitting McGinn on a partial breakaway that was thwarted right in front of Blues' netminder, Jaroslav Halak (returning from a groin injury that has sidelined him since Feb 1st) by Roman Pollack hustling back to knock the puck off #11's stick. That play was indicative of an up and down first period where neither team established much puck possession or cycling. Period ends 0-0, with the Blues outshooting the Avs 9-2.

The Blues were "supposed" to be tired after lots of travel and games in the past few days, but apparently no one told them that fun fact and they continued there torrid attack as the second period got under way and were outshooting the Avs 15-3 about 8 minutes into the second. Then Mitchell and Hejda collided at the blueline creating a 1-on-none and Barrie got called for a ghost hook as he lifted the Blues' player's stick breaking up the play - maybe the refs were bored not making calls and decided to spice things up and give the NHL's #1 powerplay an opportunity. Varlamov was terrific (as he was all game) and swallowed the puck whenever it came near him. No rebounds. Avs PK does the job.