The roller coaster ride that is the St. Louis Blues’ season continued over the weekend, as the team dropped its third straight game with a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers. In what is becoming a trend, the Blues came off a five-game winning streak and promptly lost their next three. In Saturday night’s contest against the Rangers, the Blues struck first on a tip-in goal by Brad Winchester. I have been pleasantly surprised with Winchester’s play as of late, and I think he is finally realizing that he can be an offensive threat when he uses his body to wreak havoc in front of the net.
The rest of the scoring belonged to the Rangers, as Derek Stepan tied the game midway through the second and Sean Avery scored the game-winner later in the period. Jaroslav Halak stopped 22 of 24 shots, and I don’t think he played particularly poorly. The offense didn’t do him any favors by only scoring one goal.
This game was another case of the Blues being unable to put together three periods of solid play. They were pretty bad in the first, when they got only 2 shots on net, but they responded with the early goal in the second and 15 shots in the period. The third was just alright, but they did outshoot the Rangers 8-5, although being down a goal should have provided a little more urgency.
The Note will take on Phoenix on Monday night with a chance to break the losing streak, so hopefully they can get this thing stopped.