Avalanche 3, Blues 1

David Jones and Luke Walker scored 31 seconds apart midway

through the second period to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1

win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night in the preseason

opener for both teams.

The loss spoiled the Blues debut of goalie Jaroslav Halak, who

played the entire game and made 15 saves. Halak was acquired from

Montreal in the offseason after he led the Canadiens to playoff

upsets of the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins last

spring. He signed a four-year contract with St. Louis in July.

Kevin Shattenkirk had the other goal for Colorado, and T.J.

Galiardi had two assists for the Avalanche. Peter Budaj played the

first 22 minutes, 14 seconds for Colorado and made nine saves on 10

shots to earn the win.

Patrik Berglund scored St. Louis’ only goal.