After dropping games against the Canucks and Sharks, the Blues responded on Tuesday night when they paid a visit to Atlanta to face the Thrashers. Atlanta has been one of the better teams in the NHL over the last several weeks, so this is a good win for the Note. Ty Conklin got the nod in net, and we was very, very good. He stopped 37 shots, and he came up big late in the game when the team needed him the most.
On the scoring front, it was a nice balance for the Blues. Brad Boyes opened the scoring in the first with a snap shot past former Blue Chris Mason. After the Thrashers tied it later in the period, Alex Steen picked up his 11th goal of the year to give the Blues back the lead in the second. Alex Pietrangelo gave the Note a two-goal lead in the third, and after the Thrashers scored again to cut the deficit to one, Vlad Sobotka scored an empty-netter to seal the win.
Sobotka and Pietrangelo each picked up two points on the night, so that’s excellent news for St. Louis. I really like Pietrangelo’s game more and more every time I see him, and he really is going to be special. As far as Sobotka goes, I was excited when we picked him up from the Bruins in the offseason, and he has been even better than I expected so far this year. I know things are looking a bit bleak right now, but I urge you not to count the Blues out. There is plenty of season left, and when the team does get healthy, I really feel that they have all the tools to go on an extended winning streak. The young players are continuing to improve as they are relied upon more, and the goaltending has proven to be a strength. Hang in there gang, it will get better.