What an amazing night of hockey! I was lucky enough to be in attendance tonight and the atmosphere at Scottrade Center was electric. The back and forth screaming from Blues and Blackhawks fans was awesome and made for such a great night.
The first period tonight set the tone for the entire game. There was nonstop action from start to finish and some great battles in the corners and at center ice. The Blues got on the board first with a goal by David Perron which was set up by T.J. Oshie, who still continues to get points, and put the Blues up 1-0. After a Jay McClement penalty, Patrick Sharp scored a power play goal and tied the game up at 1-1. The rest of the period was a lot of dump and chase but still saw some good battles. The Blues outshot the Blackhawks 12-8 and the first period ended with a 1-1 tie.
The second period picked up where the first left off and once again the Blues struck first. Carlo Colaiacovo and T.J. Oshie set up another Perron goal, which was a beautiful backhand, and made some jaws, including mine, drop. I have been really impressed with the way Perron has played all year. The Blues once again had the lead at 2-1. However, another penalty by the Blues set up a Brent Seabrook power play goal and tied the game up at 2-2. The second period was almost identical to the first, which saw Perron put the Blues ahead but the Blackhawks tie the game on a power play goal. Chicago outshot the Blues in the second 9-7.
The third period was nonstop excitement from both the players and the fans. The first ten minutes of the period consisted of battles for the puck and great goaltending on both sides. Blackhawks goaltender Marty Turco misplayed the puck and Roaman Polak capitalized with an awesome slap shot and gave the Blues a 3-2 lead. With the game winding down and the Blues still leading, Marina Hossa took a tripping penalty and Patrik Berglund put the nail in the coffin with a power play goal and put the Blues up 4-2. The Blues ended up outshooting Chicago 28-25 and avenged their loss from Monday.
I thought the Blues played an outstanding game from start to finish and really earned the victory tonight against a good team in Chicago. The Blues have now earned at least a point in their last three games and five out of their last six. My third star of the game goes to Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who played a great game stopping 23 of 25 shots and kept Chicago off the board in the third period. My second star goes to Blues forward T.J. Oshie who increased his point streak to five and played just an all around great game. He showed great physical play and played some outstanding defense. My first star has to go to David Perron who scored two goals for the second straight game and really showed his maturity tonight by battling for pucks, playing defense, and helping the Blues on the forecheck. I cannot say enough about how good he has played this season and am excited to see what kind of numbers he can put up. The Blues are in action tomorrow night against Pittsburgh.
Tags: Brent Seabrook Carlo Colaiacovo Chicago Blackhawks David Perron Jaroslav Halak Jay McClement Marian Hossa Marty Turco Outshot Patrick Sharp Patrik Berglund Pittsburgh Penguins Power Play Roman Polak Scottrade Center St. Louis Blues T.J. Oshie