Sharks 3 – Blues 1

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David Backes left the game with an “upper body injury” and did not return

Well, you certainly couldn’t question the effort last night. The Blues outplayed the Sharks. The one thing that COULD be questioned was, once again, the lack of goals. The Blues outshot the Sharks by 39 to 16 and yet still found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline.

It all started so well. The Blues had powerplays, lots of shots and you knew it was only a matter of time. Cam Janssen then took exception to Staubitz’s hit on Erik Johnson and the pair dropped the gloves. Janssen won the fight quite easily, cutting Staubitz before both players skated off for 5 minute fighting majors:

The crowd were energised and the Blues finally gave them something to cheer about when Jay McClement scored after Brad Winchester’s shot had gone wide.

In the second period, the Blues penalty kill finally succumbed and Dany Heatley levelled the game after being left virtually unattended in front of net. From the resulting faceoff, Erik Johnson tried to clear from behind the net and, instead, sent the puck directly to Manny Malhotra. His shot was saved but the rebound was knocked in by Ortmeyer. David Backes got tangled up with TJ Oshie in the second period and left the game. On the replay, it looked like Backes was hit by Oshie’s elbow. The Blues have said Backes is suffering from an “upper body injury”.

The Sharks added an empty net goal late in the third period to seal the game after the Blues had inexplicably taken a too many men on ice penalty with slightly less than two minutes of the game left. In essence, the Blues played a lot better. But the forwards still are not getting the puck in the net. Yes, Kariya hit the post…yes, Nabokov made some good saves…but the forwards should be getting this done.

Anyway, here are your game reports:

  • Foxsports agree that the Sharks were “decidedly outplayed”.
  • Jeremy Rutherford sums up the game with comments from Erik Johnson, Barrat Jackman and Andy Murray.
  • St Louis Game Time – Game Day Thread – this is always worth reading. Fans reactions AS the game takes place. And if you like it, join in on the next one.

What’s the answer? Keep going and hope they get out of their slump? Or is it time for the Blues to start thinking about trades?

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