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Cam Janssen was instrumental in Yan Stastny’s goal
A stuttering powerplay didn’t hold the Blues back last night – it couldn’t because the Blues only had one powerplay in the entire game. Contrast that with the fact that the Hurricanes had 6 powerplays and you start to realise why the Blues were outshot 36-18.
The Blues started strongly with two fights in the first 6 minutes. Brad Winchester lost his fight against Jay Harrison but then Cam Janssen stepped up to show Winchester how it was done by hardly breaking a sweat in his matchup against Tim Conboy. This was about sending a message – and it seemed to be received and understood by the Hurricanes. A couple of minutes after Janssen’s fight, David Perron leapt on a rebounded shot from Patrik Berglund to put the Blues ahead after 7.32 of P1. Less than 10 minutes later, a huge hit by Cam Janssen caused a turnover and it was beautifully played by Yan Stastny, celebrating his callup with his first goal of the season for the Blues. Less than 30 seconds later, the Blues were 3 up as a pass from David Perron found Jay McClement who scored on a breakaway. In the last minute of the period, the Hurricanes pulled one back with Mike Weaver in the penalty box for stick holding.
In period 2, the Blues killed off two more powerplays for the Hurricanes, with Chris Mason making some superb saves. Then, during an awful line change for the Hurricanes, the Blues were suddenly in a 3 on 1 situation. Tkachuk passed to McDonald and the Blues were 4-1 up. From being outshot 14-11 in P1, the Blues were outshot 5-3 in P2.
Period 3 was very much a time of attrition – the Blues were outshot 17-4, gave up two powerplays and the Hurricanes pulled it back to 4-2 with a powerplay goal after 8 minutes of the period. With Mason looming large in goal though, the Blues never really looked in danger and David Perron sealed the win with an empty net goal in the final minute.
Kudos have to go to Chris Mason – superb saves at the right time;
David Perron – who seems to have found his confidence again; Andy McDonald – speedy as ever; Paul Kariya – whose workrate has increased and Alex Pietrangelo – another really good game for the youngster. On the other side of the fence, Carlo Colaiacovo has flu and his place was taken by Tyson Strachan last night.
Another tick in the win column but the Blues still have things to work on – they’ve got to stop giving up silly penalties. It could really have hurt them last night. They also need to stop searching for that perfect pass whilst on the powerplay. After all, if you don’t shoot…you don’t score.