Jay Bouwmeester picked up a pair of assists last night as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Winnipeg Jets, and the timing couldn’t have been better. With Vladimir Tarasenko set to miss upwards of six weeks and T.J. Oshie sitting out following the birth of his newborn child, the Blues were short two top-six forwards.
The team’s depth came through though. Brenden Morrow connected with Derek Roy for a stellar tally and David Backes pitched in with two goals. Bouwmeester broke an 11-game pointless drought when he got the secondary assist on Morrow’s goal, and added another secondary on Backes’ go-ahead goal in the third period.
Despite the lengthy scoring drought, the lanky defender still has 34 points in 68 contests. Bouwmeester plays exclusively with Alex Pietrangelo and is typically viewed as the defensive anchor of the pairing. Still, his offensive skills are evident and the Blues are a more dangerous team when he’s moving the puck up ice efficiently.
The 30-year-old veteran is among the league leaders in plus-minus, and started off the season on a tear. Could this two-point effort get him rolling on another offensive streak?