I know the afternoon game today might have prevented many of you from watching the Blues take on the Anaheim Ducks, and if you weren’t able to watch it, you really missed out. I haven’t seen a Blues team dominate like they did today in many, many years. It was all Blues from start to finish as they defeated the Ducks 5-1.
First, let me just say I was in the house for today’s game about six rows off the ice, and it was one of the better contest I have ever been a part of. It had everything you look for in a hockey game as a fan: plenty of offense from the home team, a ton of shots, and countless scraps and fights.
The Blues finished the game with 53 shots on goal to Anaheim’s 14, which is an absolutely crazy disparity. As good as the Blues looked, the Ducks were equally as bad. The Note took advantage of some weak play from Anaheim’s defensemen, and they motor was in fifth gear from start to finish.
As far as the scoring goes, unlikely hero Matt D’Agostini finished with two goals on the day, one of which was on the power play. His first goal was an incredibly impressive top shelf slap shot that was set up by a phenomenal pass from Alex Pietrangelo, who was impressive for the second straight game. BJ Crombeen added a shorthanded goal, and David Backes and Andy McDonald scored six seconds apart to start the run in the first. The six seconds was the fastest two goals in team history, so remember that one on trivia night.
It would take me all night to identify everyone who played well today, so let’s just say the whole team got it done in this win. If there is anything bad I can say about the contest, it is that I thought the lone goal allowed by Jaro Halak was fairly soft. He was very good otherwise with limited work, and I know I’m just nitpicking, but I had to say something.
As far as the rough play goes, there were seven fighting majors handed out and probably at least six or seven more that could have been. The Ducks really lost it about 3/4 of the way through the second period, and the Blues weren’t about to back down. Guys like David Perron were getting involved, and Barrett Jackman was in the middle of it all day. I like the fact that the Blues stayed under control under those circumstances, and they reacted accordingly when the Ducks tried to stand them up.
All in all, Blues’ fans should be very excited about this team after the first two games. It’s a long season, but if this level on intensity can continue, this team could be a contender in the division and possibly in the postseason.