All year long, the Colorado Avalanche has been able to come from behind and win games.
Tuesday night, the Avs prevented the St. Louis Blues from doing that. Colorado hung on down the stretch and snapped its four-game losing streak with a 5-3 win at Ball Arena.
The Avalanche had a 4-1 until Ryan O'Reilly scored at 15:45 of the third period. O'Reilly then added another goal one minute and four seconds later and all of a sudden the game was tight.
But Avs forward Nazem Kadri put it away with an empty net goal with 47 seconds left and enabled the Avalanche to win for the first time since April 16.
Colorado built its lead thanks in large part to a big second period. Valeri Nichushkin, Erik Johnson and Josh Manson all scored goals to give the Avs a 3-0 lead.
Arturri Lehkonen's goal nine seconds into the third period gave Colorado a seemingly comfortable 4-1 advantage.
The win gave the Avalanche 118 points, tied for the most in franchise history with the 2000-2001 Stanley Cup-winning team.
The Avs host the Nashville Predators on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. MDT
Postgame comments from Avs defensemen Josh Manson (l) and Erik Johnson (r).
Postgame comments from Avs head coach Jared Bednar.