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ST. LOUIS — The Avalanche ended a dreadful season with a 3-02 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

The teams combined for eight shots on goal in the first period, with the Blues scoring first after Zach Sanford recorded his fourth goal of the season.

Francois Beauchemin answered back for the Avalanche in the second period after firing a shot from distance. Mikko Rantanen helped the Avalanche gain its first lead of the game after shooting high and into the net.

The Blues were outshot by the Avalanche, 16-10, in the second period. The story was too good to be true, though, as the Blues put up two more goals and took away the win.

Rantanen’s goal made him the Avalanche first rookie to reach the 20-goal plateau since Nathan MacKinnon in 2013-14.

The Avalanche finished with the worst record in the NHL at 22-56-4.