What a brutal game last night between the St. Louis Blues and the Colorado Avalanche. I’m not referring to an excessive amount of brutal hits during the game, I am referring to the ghastly amount of turnovers throughout the full 60 minutes of play last night. Did anyone else find themselves screaming at their televisions? I found myself trying to will the puck to the Colorado crease or wishing for the puck to be passed to the correct Blues player, which did not take place. With only three games left in the regular 2012-2013 hockey season, the Blues have a limited amount of time to ensure they make it to the Playoffs this year.
The St. Louis Blues were able to push the puck to the crease on several occasions but only broke down the goal barrier one time only during each period. Captain and Center, David Backes grabbed his sixth goal for the season during the first period, with assists from Assistant Captain and Defenseman, Alex Pietrangelo and Defenseman, Jay Bouwmeester. During the second period, Left Wing, Jaden Schwartz slipped a goal past Colorado Goaltender, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, with an assist by Blues Captain, David Backes. In the final period, Defenseman, Kevin Shattenkirk’s goal was assisted by Center, Patrik Berglund and rookie Right Wing, Vladimir Tarasenko.
Blues Goaltender, Brian Elliott, started the game but could not keep Colorado from procuring four goals out of their fifteen shots during his time on the ice (37:23). Coach, Ken Hitchcock chose to bring in Goaltender, Jake Allen, to bring a fresh perspective to the game. Allen stopped 10 of 11 shots during his 22:37 on the ice.
Colorado Avalanche were much more successful by collecting two goals each in the first and second periods, and ending with one single goal in the final period. Colorado led the Blues from start to finish and the final score was 5 to 3.
The Blues were attempting to possess a win on Sunday so they could attain a guaranteed position in this season’s Playoffs, as well as a home ice advantage. While the Blues travel home to rest and rethink their overall strategy for the home game on Tuesday, April 23rd, we hope that they can pick themselves up and brush off the loss from this weekend. If they can formulate and devise a strategic game plan that will allow them to emulate the fierce tactics that and commanding talent that we have seen at the beginning of this shortened season, as well as earlier this month, then we may have a shot at winning the game tomorrow and the final two games of the season against the Calgary Flames and our long-time rival, the Chicago Blackhawks. Let’s Go Blues! Let’s go out there and do our best by making it in the Playoffs and bringing home our very first Stanley Cup!