Mar 7, 2010 6:49 AM
DENVER (AP) - Chris Stewart completed his first NHL hat trick with a penalty shot, and Milan Hejduk scored twice in his return from a seven-week injury layoff to help the Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 7-3 on Saturday night.
Craig Anderson made 39 saves in his team-record 20th consecutive start for Colorado. The Avalanche beat St. Louis for the third time in three meetings this season, snapping the Blues' season-high five-game winning streak.
Stewart, who boosted his season total to 24 goals, had crossed the blue line on a breakaway when beaten Blues defenseman Erik Johnson tripped him in a desperate attempt to stop him, leading to the penalty shot. Stewart slowly skated down the middle and put a shot into the upper right corner above Ty Conklin's glove hand with 57 seconds remaining in the second period.
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