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Ty Conklin picked up another win
Following the Blues 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Blues GM Larry Pleau went into the locker room and had words with the team. Whatever he said seems to have had an effect. The Blues played a 60 minute, focussed game last night to beat the Canucks 3-1. The Blues are now 2-0 against the Canucks so far, having beaten them 6-1 at Scottrade earlier this season.
David Backes scored two – his first was a powerplay goal when he tipped in Paul Kariya’s shot but he needed no help with his second goal. A superb driving move to the net, skating around Canuck defenseman Kevin Bieksa as though he wasn’t there and nipping the puck past Luongo. Keith Tkachuk scored the Blues third after Brad Boyes neatly passed to him in front of net. Ty Conklin was once again a stalwart in goal – stopping 29 shots. Conklin now has a .932 save percentage – 3rd highest in the NHL behind Tuukka Rask of Boston and Ryan Miller of Buffalo.
However, this is the team we want to see. If they can just start to replicate this kind of form on home ice then they’ll be fine this season. The turnaround last season was the Boston game – let’s hope Pleau’s intervention in the locker room is the turnaround point this season. Now – your game reports:
- St Louis Game Time Game Day links – probably not advisable if you support the Canucks.
- Josh Cooper of the Post-Dispatch notes that the Blues have started their three game road trip with a victory.
- The Blues Official Site has it’s recap and game highlights.
The Blues continue tonight against Edmonton – looking for revenge following the Oilers’ 5-3 win earlier this season. The Blues have called up Tyson Strachan on an emergency basis but there’s no word about any injuries.