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McGinn's 2 goals lift Avalanche to 5-3 win that keeps Blues from clinching playoff spot

  • Colorado Avalanche's Jamie McGinn, top, celebrates a goal with Aaron Palushaj (17) and Jan Hejda (8) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)The Associated Press

  • Colorado Avalanche's Jamie McGinn, third from left, is shoved by St. Louis Blues' Chris Stewart (25) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)The Associated Press

  • St. Louis Blues' David Backes (42) scores past Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere (35) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)The Associated Press

  • St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Sobotka (17), of the Czech Republic, defends against Colorado Avalanche's Tyson Barrie (41) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)The Associated Press

  • St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) grabs the puck above the net against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)The Associated Press

Jamie McGinn scored twice, Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 29 shots and the Colorado Avalanche prevented the St. Louis Blues from wrapping up a playoff spot with a 5-3 win on Sunday night.

Cody McLeod, Matt Duchene and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Avalanche, who chased Brian Elliott from the game late in the second period. It was Colorado's eighth straight win over the Blues at Pepsi Center.

David Backes, Jaden Schwartz and Kevin Shattenkirk had goals for St. Louis, which could have secured a postseason berth with a win over a Colorado team that's last in the Western Conference.

After Elliott gave up a fourth goal, the Blues pulled him in favor of Jake Allen. He allowed Kobasew's third-period goal that gave Colorado a 5-3 advantage.