Wow. That’s all I can really say about tonights game between the St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins. The nonstop action from both teams was nothing less than amazing. From the moment the puck dropped to the end of the game the action was awesome and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. While there was not a lot of scoring, the game itself was one of if not the best game I have seen this year.
The first period started with some impressive scoring chances by the Blues but former St. Louis goaltender Brent Johnson was able to keep the Blues off the board. On the other end Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak did not see much action and stopped the only three shots he faced. The Blues had a couple of power play chances but could not capitalize thanks to the Penguins penalty kill and some outstanding goaltending. The Blues outshot Pittsburgh 7-3 but the first period ended with no score.
Pittsburgh came out firing in second and looked like a team determined to score on the goalie that eliminated them from the playoffs last year. Early into the period B.J. Crombeen mixed it up with Craig Adams in what was a decent fight at best. The Blues took three penalties but once again Halak was able to keep the Penguins off the board. The second period ended with no score but Pittsburgh would be on the power play to start the third. The Penguins outshot the Blues 19 -7 in the second.
With Pittsburgh on the power play and threating to score, the Blues penalty kill stepped up and ended the threat. The third period had a lot of action with some great battles for the puck and some amazing defense by both teams. Even though Pittsburgh outshot the Blues 9-8, the Blues had more scoring chances but Brent Johnson was able to turn away everything that came his way. With time winding down the Penguins pressured the Blues but Halak was able to keep the game tied and for the fourth time this year the Blues were going into overtime.
St. Louis won the faceoff to start overtime and it did not take long for the Blues to send the fans home with another home victory. David Backes and T.J. Oshie, who extended his point streak to six games, set up an Erik Johnson snap shot which beat the Penguins goaltender and gave the Blues a 1-0 victory.
The Blues probably played their best defensive game of the season and did a tremendous job in shutting down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. My third star goes to Barret Jackman who once again was our shut down defenseman and his line did a great job going up against the Crosby line. My second star goes Erik Johnson who not only scored the game winning goal but really played his defensive game this season. My first star goes to Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak who stopped all 31 shots he faced and gave Pittsburgh fans flashbacks to last years postseason. Huge win tonight for the Blues who finished a tough week of hockey getting five out of six possible points from Chicago and Pittsburgh. The Blues are in action next Thursday against Nashville.
Topics: B.J. Crombeen, Barret Jackman, Brent Johnson, Brian Adams, Chicago Blackhawks, David Backes, Erik Johnson, Evgeni Malkin, Jaroslav Halak, Nashville Predators, Outshot, Penalty Kill, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby, St. Louis Blues, T.J. Oshie