- Associated Press - Sunday, April 6, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - After the Colorado Avalanche shut out the St. Louis Blues on the road, coach Patrick Roy was still throwing down.

Roy called Blues captain David Backes “gutless” for wrestling young Nathan MacKinnon to the ice during one of several late dust-ups in a fracas and penalty-filled 4-0 victory on Saturday.

Backes had been coming to the aid of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who’d been cut by a high stick.

“It shows what kind of leader he is, if you’re going to go after an 18-year-old,” Roy said. “Gutless in my opinion. I mean, Shattenkirk hurt himself with his own stick.

“His own stick hit him in the nose and he was bleeding and he made a pretty big act.”

The Blues didn’t quite take the bait, preferring to forget about this one and get ready for a matinee Sunday at Chicago.

“He always has something to say after every game,” coach Ken Hitchcock said of Roy. “So you guys pick up what he wants. I’m worried about my team and the way we played, OK?”

Hitchcock did, however, suggest that forward Patrick Bordealeau left his feet on the check that hurt Shattenkirk when his stick was jammed into his face. Hitchcock also mused that he probably should have given rugged Ryan Reaves more ice time after the game had gotten out of hand and added that it was more important to get his team back on track rather than call Gabriel Landeskog “gutless or whatever.”

Hitchcock referred to the confrontations and likely aftermath as the “debris around the game.” Backes said Roy was “entitled to his opinion.”

“There were some liberties, I feel like,” Backes said. “I drop my glove and never throw a punch and end up with whatever many penalty minutes out of the ordeal.

“It’s frustration, everything boiling over for a lot of guys after they don’t respond well.”

Semyon Varlamov tied the franchise single-season record for goalie wins held by Roy and Paul Stastny had another big game in his hometown in the penalty-filled game. The Avalanche avoided a season series sweep against St. Louis after losing the first three meetings.

“Our power play was sharp, penalty kill was rock solid, goaltending was phenomenal again,” Roy said. “I just felt like we dominated them.”

Stastny had a goal and two assists and Mackinnon had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which has won six in a row. Roy became the fifth coach in NHL history to win 50 games in his first season.

“It was kind of a big game for us,” Stastny said. “It got chippy at the end but we stood up to that and will deal with that.”

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