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Andy McDonald scored on his return to the lineup
Third game in a row that the Blues have taken to Overtime. They’ve subsequently lost all three – either in OT or the shootout. This one should not have gone that far – the Blues were 2-0 up with only 7 minutes remaining in the game. But things rarely go the Blues way at the moment. It’s hard to see one particular reason why – they’re working hard but they just can’t seem to break out of this slump. However – they will. It’s just a matter of time. A few points from the game:
- Andy McDonald scored on his return after David Perron had a breakaway.
- David Perron is one of the Blues best players at the moment – he’s everywhere on the ice, constantly hustling and is a danger every time he gets the puck.
- Eric Brewer is another player going from strength to strength. Brewer had two shots on goal, an assist and was on the ice for just over 26 minutes.
- Ty Conklin was superb – making 38 saves. He certainly was not at blame for the goals especially the second which took an awful bounce in front of him.
In short, the Blues defense and goaltending are good – it’s just the offense, especially the powerplay, that seems to be in a slump. Lars Eller has been a breath of fresh air and the “kid” line of Eller, Oshie and Berglund are working well. Patrik Berglund still seems to disappear for long periods though; Brad Winchester is another who becomes invisible; Brad Boyes is working hard and getting himself into positions but those goals just won’t happen for him; Kariya missed on a breakaway. All these things add up but I’m still of the opinion that one lucky break, one hard earned goal, one incident can snap them out of it.
We’ll see. Next up are the Canucks at the Scottrade Center. A few of our guys should be worked up about that one.