The Blues took the early lead Tuesday night against the Phoenix Coyotes, but couldn’t solve Mike Smith, who made 37 saves as the ‘Yotes beat St. Louis in overtime, 3-2. Maxim Lapierre scored his 2nd of the year as did Roman Polak in the losing effort. Jaroslav Halak caught some tough luck, saying later he “didn’t see” either the first or the game-winning goals due to screens in front of the crease.
This was actually a pretty dull game considering it was a match-up of two of the hottest teams in the West this season. No one likes whistle-happy referees, and they were very quiet Tuesday. Each team only drew one penalty for the game. Neither team scored with the man-advantage, and so the outcome came down to really one thing: turnovers.
St. Louis coughed up the puck 3 times and it cost them at least one goal, which ended up being the difference in the game. The lone bright spot and burst of energy came on Polak’s goal that tied the game 2-2 early in the 3rd period. Roman snuck in the back door and took a beautiful cross-ice feed from Alexander Steen for the easy tap-in.
Steen’s helper extended his career-best and league-leading point streak to 11 games. However, I’m sure he’d rather have a win. The Blues had their chances, out-shooting Phoenix 39-19, but simply couldn’t find a way to get the puck past Smith more often.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson blew a slap-shot past a screened Halak barely a minute into the extra frame to put the win on ice for Phoenix.
The Blues will have their hands full again tonight as they face-off against the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs are also coming in off of a loss, but have yet to drop consecutive games this season. I look for that to change tonight at Scottrade Center.
GO BLUES! LONG LIVE THE NOTE!