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David Perron’s second goal was the highlight of the game
When the Blues bust out, they bust out. Patrik Berglund scored for the first time in 13 games, Paul Kariya got his first point in 11 games and BJ Crombeen got his first point in 9 games. Add to that two goals by David Perron and a rocket of a goal by Eric Brewer and you start to get a sense that the Blues offense might just be breaking out. The Blues powerplay, however, is still anaemic – going 0-4 tonight.
The first period saw two powerplays for the Blues and, although they created chances, they couldn’t seem to find that final shot. Then, just after the first Blues powerplay expired, the Islanders took the lead with a wrist shot from Josh Bailey. Less than 3 minutes later, the Blues tied the game. Tkachuk won a face off in the Islanders zone and Kariya laid the puck back to Brewer. With Tkachuk and Kariya at the net, Brewer scored with a slap shot from the left point.
The second period was the Blues worst section of play – mustering only four shots on goal but they managed to take the lead. Berglund picked up the puck at centre ice and with Crombeen skating ahead to screen the goalie, Berglund scored his first goal for 13 games to put the Blues ahead.
The third period was when the Perron-McDonald-Boyes line let loose – after being challenged by Andy Murray for their ineffectiveness. Perron scored his first of the game after knocking in the rebound from a Barrat Jackman shot. Then, with less than 5 minutes left in the game, David Perron scored a goal that will be played on highlight reels for years to come. Picking up the puck after Colaiacovo cleared it along the glass, Perron headed into the Islanders zone on a breakaway. With Mark Streit to beat, Perron deftly played the puck through his own legs and deked Roloson, beating him with a forehand into the net. Check it out for yourselves:
- Jeremy Rutherford reports on the game with comments from David Perron.
- St Louis Game Time – Game Day Thread – again, a total delight and fun to read.
- The Blues Official Site has the game recap, boxscore and, of course, the game highlights. Check these out for a couple of superb saves from Mason, together with all the goals.
Next up: Blues play the Bruins at home at the Scottrade Centre on Monday 23 November 2009.