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Paul Kariya celebrates his superb goal
Another bad start by the Blues but they managed to hold the game scoreless after period 1. The second period was different – the Blues played THEIR game. David Backes got his first goal of the season – a blast from near the blue line that beat Bryzgalov to put the Blues ahead. Bryzgalov made a few good saves to keep the game alive for the Coyotes and they shortly equalised with a powerplay goal by Shane Doan.
Evenly balanced at 1-1…enter Paul Kariya. Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle had the puck behind his own net and started to move the puck forward. Kariya sneaked across, whacked at the puck and, with Bryzgalov seemingly not paying attention, it crossed the line to put the Blues 2-1 ahead. It was a crazy yet sublime goal.
In the third period, the Blues seemed to revert again – they were on their heels. The shot count tells the story – in period three, the Coyotes outshot the Blues by 12 to 3. The Coyotes tied the game with a goal by Scottie Upshall after a mixup between Strachan and Oshie and this was enough to send the game into overtime.
A lot is going to be said about the Jovanovski goal that won the game for the Coyotes. All I will say is “watch the highlights”. He hit the puck into the net with his hand. In my book, that is not a goal, however the officials obviously thought differently and called it.
At least the Blues got a point – but we really need to get over this horrible first period play … and quickly. Blues play Anaheim on Saturday – and sloppiness will cost them dear.
- Game Report by Jeremy Rutherford of the St Louis Post-Dispatch
- Alex Steen – subject of a recent article here – was injured during the game. First reports suggest that it’s a hand/wrist injury and COULD have broken a bone. Steen will not be making the trip to Anaheim. This is a blow to the Blues – Steen has played extremely well so far. It’s going to be interesting to see who the Blues are likely to call up. Derek Armstrong? Or maybe they’ll give prospect Lars Eller a shot?
- Andy Murray on Coaching – an article by Jeremy Rutherford which is well worth reading.
- Game Highlights on the Blues Official Site – worth watching for the wonderful Kariya goal – and to see if you agree with the officials on the Jovanovski goal.
Finally – Happy Birthday, Paul Kariya! Kariya is 35 today and here’s a quite wonderful youtube tribute that celebrates his career so far: