Magnus Paajarvi could be scoring his way of out Ken Hitchcock’s doghouse. With his second goal in three games, the 22-year-old forward seems to finally be discovering his scoring touch. Heading into March 2’s contest against the Phoenix Coyotes, Paajarvi had tickled the twine all of four times.
He’s up to six goals on the year now after burying one against Phoenix and beating Pekka Rinne with a laser earlier this evening.
The Blues are a deep and talented team, so Paajarvi is clearly in a position where he needs to play his way into more ice time. Despite playing on a line with Ryan Reaves and Maxim Lapierre—two guys not exactly known for their offensive prowess—Paajarvi was able to capitalize on some open space on the play to give the Blues the 2-1 lead.
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St. Louis struggled to find offense through the end of the first period and into the second, but were starting to gain momentum when Paajarvi rang this one in off the pipe. Worth noting is Reaves and his stellar (and mildly illegal) pick on the play to open up the space for the streaking forward.