The St. Louis Blues took the ice at Scottrade Center on Saturday night to start their season against the Detroit Red Wings, and what a start to the season it was.
Right out of the gate, the Red Wings commanded the play for the first few minutes of the game, but that is the only time that they would have control. Early in the first period, highly touted prospect Vladimir Tarasenko got a breakaway and scored this amazing goal:
Tarasenko’s first NHL goal was a sweet one, but later in the game his second would show his tremendous skill. Also scoring on the night was Chris Stewart, who managed to get two of his own. T.J. Oshie would score a short handed goal and Patrik Berglund would add the 6th later in the game.
The St. Louis Blues looked like a team that had no hangover from the NHL lockout, while the Detroit Red Wings looked sloppy and unprepared. Through the first period, the St. Louis Blues held the Red Wings to just 2 shots and it didn’t get any better from there.
Jaroslav Halak was perfect in net, stopping all Red Wing shots and getting his first shut out of the season. The defensive core looked great and had control throughout the game. Ian Cole played very well on the line with Pietrangelo while Barret Jackman, Roman Polak, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Kris Russell all played incredible games keeping the Red Wings out of the Blues’ zone.
More to come tomorrow, but for now here is video of Tarasenko, Stewart, and Alex Pietrangelo after tonight’s game. As always, LET’S GO BLUES!