The Blues pushed their winning streak to four games on Tuesday night, and they did it in a big way. Goalie Ty Conklin got a surprise start in net and made 25 saves in the Blues 3-1 win over the defending Stanley Cup champs.
The Blues found themselves down 1-0 in the first period after a goal by Jake Dowell, but they responded with the tying goal in the second on a wrist shot by Vlad Sobotka. With the game tied in the third period, the Note came through in a big way when Brad Boyes scored just over three minutes in to give the Blues the lead. Erik Johnson and Matt D’Agostini picked up helpers on the Boyes goal. Brad Winchester gave St. Louis the always-important two-goal lead later in the period, as he tipped in a goal from Barrett Jackman and Jay McClement.
Obviously, any division win is big, but winning three straight against the likes of Detroit, Nashville and Chicago is huge. The Blues are going to have to battle all season within the division, so these wins will play a big role in determining who will qualify from the playoffs in the Central. The Note is hot right now, and they are ending 2010 on a high note.
Svatos Signs: In roster news, the Blues signed free agent forward Marek Svatos to a one-year deal today. Svatos had some nice seasons with Colorado during his time there, and as long as he clears waivers, he should join the team soon, possibly as early as Friday. I really like this move, and I think Svatos can bring something to this team.
Tags: Barrett Jackman Brad Boyes Brad Winchester Central Division Chicago Blackhawks Colorado Avalanche Detroit Red Wings Erik Johnson Jake Dowell Jay McClement Marek Svatos Matt D'Agostini Nashville Predators St. Louis Blues Ty Conklin Vladimir Sobotka