While the Blues suffered through the game, they did manage to keep up with the Blackhawks play, but did not get the lucky bounces they needed to win the game.
Looking at a boxscore after the game, you would think that the St. Louis Blues had the upper hand despite losing, but the brunt of the Blues effort really came in the third period.
With the Blues down 1-0 late in the first Alex Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko were both robbed by Corey Crawford when Steen took a great shot and Tarasenko had the rebound. The Blues would not really see any more opportunities until late in the game.
Early in the third the St. Louis Blues fell to a 3-0 deficit when Viktor Stalberg beat Brian Elliott on the glove side just two minutes in the period. Most teams down 3-0 in the third period would not have put up the type of effort that the St. Louis Blues did though.
After 32 shots on goal, the St. Louis Blues finally beat Corey Crawford when Andy McDonald managed to get a wrist shot past him only a couple minutes after Stalberg’s goal. Later in the period T.J. Oshie would net a powerplay goal with just over 5 minutes left in the game, but Crawford would keep his team in the lead for the rest of regulation.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said after the game, “We were mismanaging the puck and poor reads. I think we just didn’t play our game. We didn’t play smart and we gave them too many odd-man rushes.”
So while the Blues get their first loss of the season to a bitter rival, we do have some positives to take from the game. The Blues never quit fighting and even late in the third period were doing everything they could to try and tie the game much like they did in Nashville.
One of the issues the St. Louis Blues were most likely facing was playing back to back games in Nashville and then Chicago. That is a lot of game play and travel within 48 hours, but that is no excuse for a loss.
The St. Louis Blues will be back in action again tomorrow as they host the Nashville Predators in St. Louis.
Stay tuned for more about your St. Louis Blues. LET’S GO BLUES!