Canucks 4 – Blues 3

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It’s getting silly now. The Blues were three goals up…and let the Canucks get back in and eventually win the game with four unanswered goals. The Blues gave up 26 minutes of minor penalties in the game – including a 4 minute minor 19 seconds into overtime as Brad Boyes was called for a high sticking penalty.

I don’t know what it is – but the Blues seem to lose focus and do stupid things once the other team scores and starts getting back into the game. The opposition know that all they have to do is put the Blues under pressure and they’ll fold like a limp lettuce. The Blues definitely have a mental problem here – you can see the defeat on their faces when the other team scores. It’s “here we go again” – I think Andy Murray needs to call a timeout when it gets like this. Talk to the guys, get them focussed again.

Our powerplay is increasingly ineffective – the Blues had a five minute powerplay in the first period following a match penalty to Rick Rypien and only managed to score once. The Blues play a constant game of dump and chase – but on occasions when they don’t, such as when Roman Polak sped hell for leather into the Canucks zone, it leads to good chances (or in the Roman Polak case, a goal).

There were good points – the Blues played well for the first two periods; created chances; Alex Steen continued his scoring streak by sending a laser of a shot past Luongo to open the scoring and Derek Armstrong provided energy, intensity and is a definite upgrade over Brad Winchester. Armstrong wasn’t afraid to crash the net, to get into the dirty areas and make a nuisance of himself. Keep Armstrong with the Blues please – don’t send him back to Peoria.

Anyway, your game reports:

  • The Blues Official Site has the recap, highlights and interviews with Eric Brewer and Andy Murray.
  • St Louis Game Time finds the whole situation sadly laughable.
  • Jeremy Rutherford at the Post-Dispatch reports on the Blues falling again on home ice with comments from Andy Murray, Keith Tkachuk and Carlo Colaiacovo.

Don’t expect it to get any better.  The Blues next host the Central Division leaders, Chicago Blackhawks, on Saturday at Scottrade.  I’m sure the Blues – and the fans – are thankful that, after that game, their next three games are on the road…

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