Sorry for the day-late post, but work really set me back last night. Anyway, it’s always nice to get a point, but the Blues have to be a little disappointed in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars. St. Louis completely outplayed the Stars for a vast majority of the night, and they took a 2-goal lead in the first before allowing Dallas back in the game. On the bright side, it wasn’t like the offense just disappeared in the final two periods. The Note outshot the Stars 43-25 in the game, but Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen really shut the door after the first two scores. Sometimes, you just have to tip your hat when a goalie plays like that.
On the scoring watch, Patrick Berglund picked up his second goal of the year on a nice tip-in from the front of the net. Bergie has stepped up his game this year, and he his big body should allow for more goals very similar to the one he scored in the game. Brad Boyes and Alex Pietrangelo picked up assists on the Breglund goal, so good to see AP maintaining his high level of play. Andy McDonald got the second tally, from David Backes and TJ Oshie. Another solid outing by Oshie, and he just seems to contribute points every night.
In net, backup Ty Conklin got the start, and I thought he did a nice job. He made 23 saves, and he came up with some dazzling stops late in the third to keep the game tied. He certainly left something to be desired in the shootout, and he will have to get that part of his game up to snuff.
The Blues will be back in action Monday night against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Blues-Hawks games are always fun, so make sure to tune in for the 7:30 start from the Windy City.