NHL

Blues break tie in 3rd period, beat Avalanche 4-2

  • St. Louis Blues left wing Magnus Paajarvi, left, of Sweden, fights for control of the puck with Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    St. Louis Blues left wing Magnus Paajarvi, left, of Sweden, fights for control of the puck with Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko, left, checks Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson into he boards as they battle for the puck in the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Denver. The Blues won 4-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko, left, checks Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson into he boards as they battle for the puck in the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Denver. The Blues won 4-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, left, tries to stop and pick up the puck as St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko covers in the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Denver. The Blues won 4-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, left, tries to stop and pick up the puck as St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko covers in the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Denver. The Blues won 4-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

Magnus Paajarvi and Jaden Schwartz scored in the third period to send the St. Louis Blues past the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Patrik Berglund had two goals, including an empty-netter to seal it for the Blues. They tied idle Nashville for third place in the Central Division with 83 points, and St. Louis holds the tiebreaker by virtue of more regulation and overtime wins.

The Blues have won eight of 11 overall and 14 of their last 20 road games.

Jake Allen finished with 26 saves for St. Louis, which played most of the game without center Paul Stastny after he was hit on the foot by a shot in the first period.

John Mitchell had a goal and an assist, Mark Barberio also scored and Calvin Pickard made 25 saves for Colorado, which has lost three straight.