Let me begin by saying that NHL Rule 69.1 clearly states that a goal will be disallowed if and I quote “(1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal; or (2) an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, inside or outside of his goal crease.” Also, if an attacking player pushes or shoves a defending player into the goalie this is considered intitiating contact with the goalkeeper. I’m not making excuse for the Blues or trying to take anything away from Chicago, I just think the refs missed that call and it lead to a goal. Also, the interference call on Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak was a crock, but I digress…
The St. Louis Blues played their first of six meetings with the Chicago Blackhawks tonight and were defeated in overtime and finished their three game roadtrip with a record of 0-1-2. The first period saw a lot of battles in the corner and some terrific saves by both goaltenders but no goals. The Blues were outshot 10-8 in the first period. David Backes rumbled with Bryan Bickell; it was nice to see one of our more physical players mix it up a bit and get the Blues going. In the second David Perron scored a nifty goal beating Blackhawks goaltender Marty Turco through the five hole. Seconds later Perron had another chance on a breakaway and tried going five hole again but Turco turned him away. Even though the Blues were outshot 11-10 in the second, they still played very well and took only one penalty. With a 1-0 lead in third Perron scored again on a beautiful pass by T.J. Oshie, who continues to rack up points, and now lead Chicago 2-0. After a questionable interference call on Halak, Marian Hossa scored a powerplay goal to cut the lead in half. Minutes later Hossa scored again to tie the game after some, lets just say questionable activity in front of the goal. The game went into overtime and again the Blues were outshot 10-9 in the third period. The Blues came out firing in overtime playing aggresive hockey and registering 7 shots on goal before Patrick Sharp won the game after a nice pass by Patrick Kane.
For the most part I thought the Blues played very well tonight and deserved to win that game but Chiacago was able to battle back and win. Alex Pietrangelo gets my third star of the game and seems to keep getting better with every shift he plays. Pietrangelo also added an assist tonight setting up Perron’s first goal. My second star goes to Jaroslav Halak who stopped 30 of 33 shots and continues to be solid in net for the Blues. My first star of the game goes to David Perron who tallied his first two goals of the year and played an all around great game. Even after a shaky roadtrip, the Blues have managed to get at least a point in all but one game this season and continue to play good hockey. The Blues are in action again Friday night at home against Chicago and it should be another great game.
Topics: Alex Pietrangelo, Bryan Bickell, Chicago Blackhawks, David Backes, David Perron, Jaroslav Halak, Marian Hossa, Marty Turco, NHL Rule 69.1, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, St. Louis Blues, Star, T.J. Oshie