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MacKinnon, Grubauer lift Avs to 4-1 win over Blues in Game 1

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Posted at 11:28 PM, May 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 01:28:05-04

DENVER (AP) — The Presidents' Trophy-winning Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 4-1 in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Nathan MacKinnon scored the tiebreaking goal 30 seconds into the third period and later added an empty-netter.

Philipp Grubauer stopped 22 shots.

Gabriel Landeskog also added a third-period goal by tipping in a blue-line blast from MacKinnon.

Cale Makar got things started with a power-play goal in the first period.

Game 2 is Wednesday.

Jordan Kyrou scored his first postseason goal for a Blues team missing leading scorer David Perron, who's out due to the NHL's virus protocols.