The St. Louis Blues opened the season Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Fylers. The Blues got on the board first with a power play goal from Brad Boyes after he tipped in an Erik Johnson slap shot. After the first period the Blues lead 1-0. The Blues showed great speed in the first as well as the ability to kill off multiple penalties. The Flyers had a great chance in the middle of the first with a 5 on 3 for nearly a minute-thirty but the Blues were able to kill it off and set the tone for the rest of the game. Even though the Blues were outshot 9-6, they still had the lead. The second period was a defensive battle and both goalies stepped up and made some big saves to keep the game 1-0 going into the third period. Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak looked amazing through two periods and made some brillant saves to keep the Blues ahead in the game. The Flyers got on the board early in the third with a goal by Danny Briere. Neither team was able to score again sending the game into overtime. Only 1:47 into overtime Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo beat Flyers goalie Brian Boucher with a slap shot and sent Blues fans home with a huge victory over the defending Eastern Conference Champions.
Overall, I thought the Blues played a very solid game. I was extremely impressed with the defensive play of our forwards and Alex Steen in particular. He battled for pucks all night made and was able to make plays happen. He had two assists and is my third star of the game. I thought all six of our defensemen played great games and the person who stood out to me was Alex Pietrangelo. Even though Brewer, Jackman, and Johnson played solid and Colaiacovo scored the game winner, I was impressed with Pietrangelo’s play on both sides of the puck and that is why he is my second star of the game. My first star goes to Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak who played an amazing game stopping 29 of 30 shots. The Blues play next against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday at 1 p.m.
Tags: Alex Pietrangelo Alex Steen Anaheim Ducks Barrett Jackman Brad Boyes Brian Boucher Carlo Colaiacovo Danny Briere Eastern Conference Champions Eric Brewer Erik Johnson Jaroslav Halak Overtime Philadelphia Flyers St. Louis Blues