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Miller remains hot since joining Blues, stops 26 shots in 2-1 win over Avalanche

  • St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller, left, stops a breakaway by Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly, right, in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

    St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller, left, stops a breakaway by Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly, right, in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz, left, fights for control of the puck with Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, right, in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

    St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz, left, fights for control of the puck with Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, right, in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, right, checks Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, left, into the boards in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

    St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, right, checks Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, left, into the boards in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)  (The Associated Press)

Ryan Miller stopped 26 shots, and David Backes broke up a scoreless game in the second period, helping the St. Louis Blues beat the surging Colorado Avalanche 2-1 Saturday in a Central Division showdown.

Patrik Berglund added a pivotal insurance goal early in the third period as the Blues won their fourth straight.

Colorado finally solved Miller midway through the final period when P.A. Parenteau lifted a shot over him while he was trying for his first shutout in nearly two years. Miller is 4-0 since being acquired from Buffalo.

Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon had his point streak snapped at 13 games. It is the NHL's longest streak by an 18-year-old player.

Miller withstood a furious rally by the Avalanche in the final two minutes after they pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov.

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