After a devastating double overtime loss on Thursday night to the Sharks, in which the San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi stonewalled 40 of 42 Blues shots, St. Louis is looking to rebound at Scottrade this evening. If the Bluenotes want any chance of winning this series, they will have to find a way to hit the back of the net.
The Blues were led by Patrik Berglund in Game 1, who scored both of the Blues’ third period goals in his first ever playoff appearance. Aside from Berglund, St. Louis was unable to put the puck past Niemi on numerous scoring chances in the third period and first OT. The Blues dominated the game until the second OT, when the Sharks controlled the tempo and were able to get the game winner from Martin Havlat just 3:34 seconds in.
Tonight, the Blues will again start Jaroslav Halak, who was solid between the pipes in Game 1 with 31 saves. Coach Ken Hitchcock has designated Chris Stewart, Ryan Reaves, and Jaden Schwartz as healthy scratches for tonights game. After the Double OT loss, you have to assume that fatigue will be an issue tonight, so look for Hitchcock to keep the shifts short. It is imperative that the Blues get more offensive production from their top line to prevent traveling to the “Shark Tank” down 0-2.