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Well, the scoreline might have flattered the Blue Jackets – considering there were two late empty net goals – but the Blues didn’t exactly help their cause tonight. Coming out slow, the Blues were 2-0 down within the first five minutes of the game. Just before the end of the period, the Blues anaemic powerplay finally scored – a rocket from Erik Johnson to bring the Blues within a goal of the Blue Jackets.
Paul Kariya tied the game halfway through the second period and the Blues were playing better – so much so, that it was expected they would come out hard in P3 to grab the game. It didn’t happen that way. The Blues came out flat – unable to clear their zone for long periods – and the Blue Jackets took advantage, going ahead with just over 14 minutes of the game left. There seemed to be no urgency in the third period from the Blues and even when Chris Mason was pulled in the final minute for the extra attacker, the Blues were careless – and it led to two empty net goals for the Blue Jackets.
So, a bad game for the Blues leaves them 5 points adrift in the Central Division and their 25 points so far leaves them in 12th place in the Western Conference. The Blues can’t afford to lose touch – and there are crucial games against the Sharks and the Kings coming up. Something needs to be done and needs to be done soon. Whether that’s a trade or not, I don’t know. Your game reports:
- Jeremy Rutherford points out a few things – with comments from Andy Murray and Keith Tkachuk amongst others.
- St Louis Game Time Game Day Thread – not for the faint hearted but great fun.
- The Blues Official Site has the game recap and game highlights.
I can see Jonas Junland being sent back – he showed some good touches but needs work on his defense – and Colaiacovo should be ready to go for Thursday’s game against the Sharks.