I think it’s pretty safe to say that the Blues can chalk this entire weekend up as a big fat loss, as they blew third period leads on consecutive nights to drop two in a row to the Dallas Stars. The Blues fell in Dallas on Friday night by a score of 3-2, and they lost their first regulation home game at Scottrade Saturday night by a score of 2-1.
First of all, let me give credit where credit is due. Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen was outstanding in both of these games, and he is the main reason the Blues lost twice. Specifically on Saturday, Lehtonen kept his team in the game as the Blues handily outplayed them early on. Sometimes you run into a hot goalie, and there’s nothing you can do.
With that being said, I think it’s very discouraging that this team blew third period leads two nights in a row. We know this team had issues with this last season, and we can’t let it creep back in again this season. I think the thing that bothers me most is that is happened against a team that I consider to be in the bottom half of the Western Conference. I know the Stars are in the top 7 or 8 in points right now, but I doubt they will be a playoff team this season. With every point being of vital importance, you can’t afford to squander two games in a row like this. I’m confident this team will bounce back quickly, but it still hurts a little right now.
The Note will have a couple of days off before they head into a brutal back-to-back against the defending Cup champion Blackhawks in Chicago on Tuesday and the Washington Capitals at home on Wednesday. We might just find out what this team is made of this week, so watch closely to see how they respond.