(KSDK Sports) -- Ryan Miller remained undefeated with St. Louis, making 26 saves to backstop the Blues to a 2-1 win over Colorado in a Central Division showdown at Pepsi Center.
David Backes and Patrik Berglund each scored for the Blues, who improved to 4-0 with Miller between the pipes following the trade from Buffalo. Division-leading St. Louis moved five points ahead of the Avalanche in the standings.
Colorado is one point behind second-place Chicago. Semyon Varlamov was sharp in defeat, stopping 23 shots, but Colorado had its winning streak snapped at four games.
The SBlues improved their league-leading record in division play to 17-0-1. They are now just one shy of tying the franchise record for consecutive games with a point in division play. That 19-game club record was originally set from Nov. 1968 to Jan. 1969.
Ryan Miller made 26 saves to move to 4-0-0 as a Blue and defeat the Avalanche for the first time in his career. He has now defeated every team at least once.
The win was the 648th for Ken Hitchcock behind the bench, tying Ron Wilson for seventh all-time. The Blues improve to 35-1-4 when scoring first and 29-0-4 when leading after two periods and have now won four in a row against Colorado for the first time since they took 10 straight vs Quebec from January 1988 to January 1991.
- David Backes' second period goal was his 345th career point, tying Wayne Babych for 12th in franchise history
- Backes has six points (3-3-6) in this season's three meetings with the Avalanche
- Kevin Shattenkirk registered an assist, giving him nine points (4-5-9) in 12 games against his former team
- T.J. Oshie has 10 assists in his last eight meetings with the Avalanche, including six in this season's three meetings
- Patrik Berglund has four goals in his last four games