After the first period of Saturday night’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, I thought we were in for a long, disappointing night. The Canes came out flying and outshot the Blues 16-6. The only reason it was still a game after the first 20 min. was the play of Jaroslav Halak, who has really been outstanding as of late.
In the second and third periods, the Blues were easily the better team. The third period especially showed that the Blues wanted it more, and even though the Canes struck first in the third, the Blues continued to apply the pressure before tying the game on another power play goal, this one by Alex Pietrangelo. This team could have folded after the slow start or after they got behind 1-0, but they didn’t, and in fact, they fought even harder. Unfortunately, they were unable to beat Canes’ goalie Cam Ward in three shootout attempts, and Jussi Jokinen’s goal on his team’s third shot ended the night.
Overall, I was actually pretty happy with this game, which is a bit shocking considering we had a chance to play a sub-.500 team at home and took just one point. I really liked the fight the Blues showed, and I’m very encouraged by the play in net of Halak. This team is good enough to stay competitive in the West, and they can be even better when guys like David Perron and Andy McDonald come back.
Blues Notes: The Note sent forwards Dave Scatchard and Stefan Della Rovere back to Peoria today. I wasn’t overly impressed with Scatchard, and I’d say he’s a fringe NHLer at best. I’m more excited about SDR, and I thought he showed a better offensive skill set than I expected to see. He’s obviously a tough player and a scrapper, but I liked his hands and I think he can be a good player down the road.
Topics: AHL, Alex Pietrangelo, Andy McDonald, Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes, Dave Scatchard, David Perron, Jaroslav Halak, Jussi Jokinen, Peoria Rivermen, Shootout, St. Louis Blues, Stefan Della Rovere, Western Conference