Thursday night’s game at Scottrade Center has been intense and fast paced for the St. Louis Blues, as they are in the midst of challenging the Edmonton Oilers for the win. The team has welcomed back Left Wing, Vladimir Sobotka (#17), who has been on IR for 12 games. The team felt his absence in all areas of their game and his much anticipated return has not gone unnoticed. Sobotka has focused his attention on the game, as if he never left, and is teamed up with fellow teammates T.J. Oshie (#76) and Vladmir Tarasenko (#91). Sobotka scores and assists against Edmonton in the first two periods.
In the first period, Edmonton pushed back on the Blues, which allowed David Perron with Edmonton to make the very first goal of the game. In response to their opponent’s goal, the fire was lit under the skates of each of the Blues players and Sobotka was able to slice through the ice and tie the game with an amazing shot on goal, with the assistance of Oshie and Tarasenko.
In the second period, Sobotka proved to be exactly what Tarasenko needed as motivation to step up his game and make his 20th goal of the season. Oshie and Sobotka were able to setup Tarasenko with the opportunity for this fantastically maneuvered shot on net. The St. Louis Blues seemed to be flying on the ice and applying pressure when needed; however, Edmonton was able to make a questionable goal towards the end of the second period, which ended with St. Louis Blues goaltender, Ryan Miller (#39) expressing his dissatisfaction with some activity on the crease immediately before the goal was allowed by the officials.
As we begin the third period, we hope that the Blues continue to play as actively and physically as they have throughout the first two periods. Hopefully we will see more activity from Sobotka and the rest of the team.
Welcome back Sobotka! Let’s Go Blues! Long live the note!