So, it turns out that when your goalie doesn’t allow any goals, you win games. Who knew? Blues’ netminder Jaroslav Halak pushed his shutout streak to seven periods with the team’s 3-0 shutout in Nashville tonight. Halak has really been playing well, and I have to say that I’m really enjoying watching him play. I heard about his “always looks completely calm” style when he was with Montreal, but it’s totally different watching him every night. I think the team really gets confidence with him back there, and it makes me look forward to every game he plays.
On the scoring front, Alex Steen put the Blues ahead in the second period with a shorthanded goal from David Perron and Barrett Jackman, and it was great to see Steen finally get in the goal column. He has been playing well, but we are going to need his offensive game to be present if we are going to continue to put up solid offensive numbers.
The second goal was Patrik Berglund’s fourth of the season from Brad Boyes and Andy McDonald. Berglund might have been the best player (not named Halak) on the ice for either team, and he could have easily had two or three more tallies. He hit the post once, and he was robbed by Pekka Rinne on another great chance. I tabbed Berglund as a player who really needed to step up this season if the team was going to take that next step, and he has more than delivered so far. Now he just needs to keep it up for 82 games.
Th third and final goal was scored by Matt D’Agostini, who has really been a revelation this season. David Backes and TJ Oshie assisted, but I can’t believe D’Agostini has four goals already this season. I keep saying that we shouldn’t expect this output to continue, but he just keeps going. Also, Oshie just keeps posting points every night. He’s turning into a real-deal offensive threat right before our eyes.
My last point of emphasis is going to be a hit from Jordan Tootoo on Carlo Colaiacovo. Tootoo really looked like a punk on the hit, and I hope he hears from the league. If you didn’t see it, it was pretty ugly. On the bright side, Carlo traveled back to St. Louis with the team, so he should be OK.
In injury news, Roman Polak will be out indefinitely after having surgery on his wrist. This is obviously not good, but he should be able to return before the end of the season. Tyson Strachan played tonight, and he will probably see plenty more time with Polak out. I like Strachan, and I think he can fill in adequately, but he’s no Polak. We will have to make due without Polak, so we better get used to it.
Topics: Alex Steen, Andy McDonald, Barrett Jackman, Brad Boyes, Carlo Colaiacovo, David Backes, David Perron, Jaroslav Halak, Jordan Tootoo, Matt D'Agostini, Nashville Predators, Patrik Berglund, Pekka Rinne, Roman Polak, St. Louis Blues, TJ Oshie, Tyson Strachan