Home cookin’ is certainly paying off for the Blues this weekend, as they won the second game in as many nights on Saturday when they took down the visiting New Jersey Devils by a score of 3-2. Brad Winchester netted the game winner just over five minutes into the third period, and Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves in the victory.
The most important thing I saw tonight was the play of Halak. It’s no secret that this team needs him to be on nearly every night if they are going to win, and he played very well in this game. I’ll admit that I fell into some “Here we go again” when he allowed a soft goal on the first shot of the game to David Clarkson, but he really settled in after that and got the job done.
On the scoring front, it was the blueliners who had the biggest impact tonight. Alex Pietrangelo got his first goal of the season, and he just keeps getting better. AP still makes some mistakes, but when you watch him play you know he is a special player. Eric Brewer got the other Blues goal, and it was his second of the year. Matt D’Agostini continued his impressive start to the season with two assists, and David Backes and Brad Boyes each added an assist on Pietrangelo’s power play goal.
Speaking of the power play, it has been significantly better over the last week. For a team that sometimes has trouble scoring, taking advantage of the man advantage is a great way to get the offense moving in the right direction.
The Note will be back on the ice Wednesday for a divisional contest against the rival Nashville Predators. With tonight’s win, the Blues are in second place in the division with 25 points, just one behind the Detroit Red Wings.