You have to consider taking just one point from the Toronto Maple Leafs a disappointment, but considering how the game developed, I think we should take the point and run. The Blues found themselves down 5-2 after a pretty ugly second period and first few minutes of the third, but they responded with three goals to tie the game before falling in the shootout.
I felt pretty good about the game in the first period, as the Blues took a 2-1 lead into the break. The Leafs got on the board just 15 seconds in, and it looked like the Blues weren’t ready to play to start the game. They bounced back after the wake-up call to get the next two, as Alex Steen and David Backes each found the back of the net.
The second period was pretty awful, especially considering how much the Leafs have struggled to score goals this season. The defense wasn’t nearly good enough, and although it wasn’t entirely Jaro Halak’s fault, he got yanked after allowing four goals on 19 shots.
Phil Kessel’s goal early in the third pushed the Blues’ deficit to three, but the team bounced back thanks to goals by Brad Winchester, Eric Brewer, and Matt D’Agostini. The Blues outshot the Leafs 6-1 in overtime and 44-31 in the game, but the Leafs scored on three of their four shootout shots against Ty Conklin to take the win.
I like the fact that the team fought back in the third, but I wasn’t impressed with the play for the most part. The Leafs are a team that the Blues should be able to take two points from, and they didn’t do it. I don’t know if it was a lack of effort, but the team just didn’t look like they had that killer instinct. You can’t be great every night, but this team needs to bounce back for Saturday’s contest with with New York Rangers.