The hottest team in the NHL isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, as the Blues pushed their winning streak to seven games with wins over the weekend on the road against Boston and the New York Rangers. Let’s start with Saturday’s game against the Bruins, who were riding a hot streak of their own heading into the game.
If I were to give out stars of the game, which I don’t normally do, I think the first star would probably have to go to the goal posts. The Bruins had two goals in regulation disallowed after hitting the posts, and the only two shots they missed in the shootout went off the post as well. That’s not a knock on Jaroslav Halak by any means, because he was phenomenal, but he did get plenty of help. On the scoring front, Vlad Sobotka got revenge against his former team by notching the only Blues goal of regulation. He was really good all night, and you could tell he was up for this game. In the shootout, TJ Oshie and Brad Boyes each capitalized on their chances, and I’m not sure there’s a better 1-2 shootout combo in the league than these two guys.
The Note were right back at it on Sunday night, as they made the short trip to the Big Apple to take on the Rangers. It was a battle of the backup goaltenders, as Henrik Lundqvist got the night off in favor of Marty Biron for the Blue Shirts and Ty Conklin made his second start of the season for the Blues. I thought both guys did a very good job in net, but Conklin really showed how important he is to this team with his shutout. It’s invaluable to have a veteran guy who can go a few weeks without playing and then jump in there for a night and give you that kind of production. Alex Steen was responsible for the offense, and he netted both Blues goals in the 2-0 victory.
I’m still having a problem with the power play (and it was terrible again tonight), but I will do a separate post on that later this week. Other than that, it’s hard to be critical of anything the Blues are doing right now. The team has been decimated by injury on the blue line, but they just plug young guys in and keep on rolling. Barrett Jackman, Carlo Colaiacovo, and Roman Polak are all down, but guys like Nikita Nikitin, Ian Cole, Tyson Strachan, and Nathan Oystrick have all done a nice job. I was very impressed with the youngsters Nikitin and Cole over the weekend, and I’m anxious to see how good they will be.
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