DENVER (AP) The Avalanche are embracing their role as spoilers.
Well back and way out of the playoff race, Colorado is making things difficult for teams in or contending for a playoff spot.
Because if they don't play inspired hockey, they run the risk of incurring the wrath of veteran goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere again.
Jamie McGinn scored twice, Giguere stopped 29 shots and the Avalanche prevented the St. Louis Blues from wrapping up a playoff spot with a 5-3 win on Sunday night.
Colorado is 3-0-2 against teams jockeying for postseason position since Giguere recently boiled over and bristled about his team's lackluster play. They definitely received his message.
"All it means is we can play against anyone in this league if we put our minds to it," Giguere said. "If we skate, play the system the way it's supposed to be and we're on the same page, then we can compete against any team in this league. That's something we should be excited about, something we should build on."