The St. Louis Blues increased their winning streak to five games Thursday night after beating the San Jose Sharks 2-0 at Scottrade Center. The Blues played a solid game overall to beat the Sharks before they play a tough weekend series against the Bruins and Rangers.
The first period saw the Blues take the lead, but also play some terrible power-play hockey. The Blues had three power-play attempts before the 13 minute mark and were unable to come close to scoring. Instead, the Blues broke down during the power play and the Sharks were able to gain multiple short-handed attempts. Its a good thing Jaroslav Halak is the Blues goaltender, otherwise the Sharks may have been up early. Halak was able to come out of the crease and force the shooters to fire wide. Matt D’Agostini was able to beat Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi and put the Blues up 1-0. That’s how the first period would end. Even though the Blues had the lead, they were outshot 9-8 by San Jose.
The second period saw a lot of action and a lot of penalties by both teams. Joe Thorton, who usually plays well and does not take cheap shots, took a boarding penalty and a game misconduct due to a blind side hit to David Perron. Once again the Blues were not able to take advantage of the power play. It looked liked the Blues scored again, but the goal was disallowed due to goaltender interference, which in my opinion was a terrible call, and David Backes went to the penalty box. After everthing settled down and we were back to five-on-five hockey, Perron scored another beautiful goal and put the Blues up 2-0. The Blues really played a good second period and outshot the Sharks 14-5.
In the third the Blues played great defensive hockey and were able to stop some intense play by the Sharks. Halak was able to turn away every shot he saw in the third and really helped the Blues shut down a scary San Jose offense. The Blues were outshot 11-7 in the third but were able to keep San Jose off the board and give Halak his third shutout of the year.
Overall, the Blues a decent game tonight. One thing that angered me was the power play tonight. The Blues gave up way too many short handed attempts, but that is something they will work on and I have no doubt they will be better come Staurday. My third star of the game goes to Matt D’Agostini, who continues to score goals and play great hockey on that third line. My second star goes to Alex Pietrangelo, who had two assists tonight and still seems to get better with every shift. My first star of the game goes to Jaroslav Halak, a.k.a. The Halakness Monster, who stopped all 25 shots and recorded his third shutout of the year. The Blues are in action again Saturday against the Boston Bruins.
Tags: Alex Pietrangelo Antti Niemi Boston Bruins David Backes David Perron Goaltender Halakness Monster Jaroslav Halak Joe Thorton Matt D'Agostini New York Rangers Outhsot Penalties Power Play San Jose Sharks Shutout St. Louis Blues Star