The St. Louis Blues bounced back Tuesday night with a 3-2 shoot-out victory over the Montreal Canadiens. With the victory, the Note finished their road trip with a 2-1 record. Alexander Steen netted his league leading 13th goal of the season, and Chris Stewart tied the game in the 3rd period. Jaroslav Halak stopped a penalty shot inside the last minute of regulation and all three shots faced in the shoot-out. Finally, TJ Oshie to score the game-winner in the shootout. It was Oshie’s franchise leading 10th shoot-out goal.
The Blues struck first, as they have often this season. David Backes made a brilliant play behind the Montreal net, stealing the puck and feeding it to a rushing Steen, who buried a slap-shot past Carey Price.
The Canadiens stormed back to take a 2-1 lead after 2 periods. Price, with the help of his Montreal teammates- who gave up the body all night blocking shots- held the Blues scoreless on the power play. Montreal blocked an NHL-record 38 shots in the game.
Stewart proved it pays to play in the tough areas. Parking in front of the opposing goaltender, he deflected in a Kevin Shattenkirk shot from the point for just his 2rd goal this season. It was a big one, though, tying the game 2-2 halfway through the 3rd period. The goal gave the Blues new life against a very stingy Price. Both goalies were outstanding throughout the game as the Blues out-shot the Canadiens 32-27, including the only two shots in overtime.
Montreal opted to let St. Louis shoot first in the “skills competition,” and Oshie made his chance count. He roofed the puck over a sprawling Price for the only goal of the shootout. The win gave Halak his second in two tries back in Montreal since being traded the the Blues. Backes extended his point streak versus the Canadiens to 4 games. Shattenkirk now has an assist in 6 consecutive games. The Blues return to Scottrade tonight to start a 5-game home-stand against the Calgary Flames.
GO BLUES! LONG LIVE THE NOTE!