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David Perron – hat-trick hero – celebrates his second goal
Talk about a way to get yourselves out of a slump – the Blues did it in style. Due to the Canucks sweeping the Blues out of last season’s playoffs, this was always the game that was noted as the one to watch. This season, the first period has always been the Blues weak point. They find themselves on the back foot too often by coming out slowly. Not last night. A four goal first period served notice on the Canucks that the Blues were back…and how.
Andy McDonald celebrated his 500th NHL game with a superbly taken goal after only 18 seconds. Minutes later, David Perron scored his first of the evening after tipping in a Brad Boyes shot. The Blues went three up after Erik Johnson weaved his way close to the net and his pass across front of goal went in off a Canuck skate. Before the end of the period, David Perron got his second and the Blues fourth by slotting his own rebound high in the net.
The second period entertained with Janssen/Glass fight before Brad Boyes broke his scoring slump by ripping a first timer past Luongo following a sublime pass from Andy McDonald.
In the third period, Vancouver got themselves on the scoreboard following a slight mishandling of the puck by Chris Mason. Of course, the Blues weren’t quite finished and neither was David Perron who completed his hattrick by tipping Erik Johnson’s shot past Luongo. The Blues were very well deserved winners…let’s hope they can keep this going. Game reports:
- Jeremy Rutherford posts his report together with quotes from players such as Paul Kariya.
- St Louis Game Time once again has it’s own unique viewpoint on the game.
Reading the reports however, just isn’t enough. So, check out the highlights instead: