First of all, I want to apologize for the lack of posts recently. I have been under the weather for the past few days, and my contributing writer Joel is currently without a computer due to a virus. Rest assured, I’m back for good now, and Joel will be back as soon as he can.
Now, on to the Western Canada weekend trip. If you would have told me before the games that the Blues would take three points, I would have been happy. After Saturday’s game, I was less than pleased. The Blues fell to the Oilers 2-1 in overtime, and it was a game they should have won. Eric Brewer tied the game at one late in the third, but rookie Taylor Hall scored 23 seconds into overtime to give Edmonton the win. Hall’s goal hurt twice as bad, as the rush was started after Andy McDonald lost an edge and then took a shot to the head as he was falling down. McDonald missed Sunday’s game, and considering he has a concussion history, this could be bad news.
Once again, the opposing goaltender (Nikolai Khabibulin) was outstanding, and he kept them in the game. The Blues had chances, but they either missed the net or got stopped, as per usual. Jaro Halak was very good in net, and he is playing much better as of late.
After the OT loss in Edmonton, I was feeling pretty bad about where things were headed. Then, the Blues responded by going to Vancouver and beating the Canucks 3-2. This game turned into the Alex Steen show, as he was everywhere all night and ended up picking up points on all three goals. He scored two of them, including the game-winner in the third, and he assisted on Matt D’Agostini’s goal in the second. I just can’t say enough about Steen’s effort in this game, and it was exactly what this team needed to get back on track. Taking down a good team on their home ice is the kind of game that can spark a team going forward, so it will be interesting to see how this team responds this week. The team will host Columbus on Thursday and Carolina on Saturday, so they will have a chance to keep this thing going in the right direction.
Tags: Alex Steen Andy McDonald Carolina Hurricanes Columbus Blue Jackets Edmonton Oilers Eric Brewer Jaroslav Halak Matt D'Agostini Nikolai Khabibulin St. Louis Blues Taylor Hall Vancouver Canucks Western Canada