The right winger scored twice and Kevin Shattenkirk(notes) broke a third-period tie on a power play, helping the Colorado Avalanche snap a two-game skid with a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
Struggling with his game, Yip has had to watch from the sideline in three of the last four contests.
Hardly the way to work out of a funk.
The swap paid off as Yip turned in the fourth multigoal game of his career.
“I thought Yip had a strong game tonight,” said Avs coach Joe Sacco, whose team beat the Blues for a sixth straight time. “When he plays with that intensity, he’s an effective player. You get rewarded when you work hard, when you do things right.”
Yip took his performance in stride, more jubilant with his team’s play than his own.
“It’s not only scoring goals, it’s playing the right way and everyone did that tonight,” Yip said. “We showed a great effort. It’s a team win.”
“We gained a little bit of momentum off that,” Shattenkirk said.
Ryan Stoa(notes) sealed the win when his shot 44 seconds later trickled through the legs of Halak, a goal that was at first waved off after defenseman Tyson Strachan(notes) appeared to clear the puck before it completely crossed the line.
After a quick review, the referee signaled to center ice, revving up the small crowd.
St. Louis kept up the pressure over the final 30 seconds, but couldn’t tie the game.
“We showed a lot of good character, showed a lot of good things and it’s a step in the right direction,” Backes said. “But steps in the right direction don’t get you any points in the standings.”
“We got it to within one and we had a couple of chances at the end,” Blues coach Davis Payne said. “But chances don’t get you points.”
Yip scored his first goal since Dec. 13 on a shot in the second period that went through the legs of Halak, who appeared to be screened on the play.
McClement then clanged in a wrist shot off the top bar for his sixth goal of the season. The referee reviewed the play, just to see if the puck indeed went in, before awarding the goal.
Moments later, Brewer knocked in a shot off a no-look pass from Boyes to give the Blues a 2-1 lead.
The Avs tied it up just before the end of the second period when Yip skated around the goal and stuffed in a shot between the post and Halak’s right pad during a power play.
Former NHL MVP Peter Forsberg has joined the Avalanche at practice with an eye toward a possible return. The 37-year-old Forsberg’s biggest obstacle remains a bothersome right foot that’s hampered him over the latter part of his career.
After going through the grueling workout Sunday—one that included plenty of skating in the wake of the team’s recent woes—Forsberg was left quite exhausted, but announced that his foot was feeling fine.
The Swedish sensation made an instant impression on the Avalanche, many of whom gushed about his performance. Forsberg won two Stanley Cup titles and the league’s MVP in 2003 while with Colorado.
NOTES: The Blues recalled F Stefan Della Rovere(notes) and D Nikita Nikitin(notes) on Sunday from Peoria of the American Hockey League. … St. Louis D Barret Jackman(notes) missed the game with a lower-body injury. … Boyes finished with three assists. … Avs D Ryan Wilson(notes) played in his 100th NHL game.