Perron scores 2 goals, Blues hold on to beat Avs, 5-3

Colorado Avalanche

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, left, stops a shot off the stick of Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — David Perron scored two goals, Jordan Binnington stopped 29 shots and the St. Louis Blues held on for a 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche in their season opener.

Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Blues.

Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, was out for the second straight game but coach Jared Bednar returned to the bench after missing Wednesday’s game due to COVID-19 protocols.

Captain Gabriel Landeskog served the first of his two-game suspension for a boarding call on Wednesday, leaving the Avalanche without two members of their top line.

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