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Amazing, isn’t it? After losing to the Blue Jackets, Senators and Ducks in the last week or so, some sections of the online Blues world were convinced that the sky was falling: trades, benchings, demotions were all proposed. Yet, here we are. Last night’s win against the Flames means that, despite the trials and tribulations of this season, the Blues are currently only 4 points from a playoff position. Makes you kind of yearn for the position the Blues might have been in had they played more up to expectations. But there’s no point dwelling on “might have beens”. Let’s look at what last night’s game showed us.
It showed us that the Blues are capable of holding a lead in the third period – thanks to some superlative saves from Ty Conklin. Mason and Conklin work well together – there seems to be no jealousy, no attitude – they both seem to genuinely want what’s best for the team.
The game also showed us Kariya’s speed; Tkachuk’s determination, David Perron’s finishing ability and much more besides. Cam Janssen had two fights – one against the heavyweight Brian McGratton and another against Brandon Prust. Rather wonderfully, even though McGratton had the reach and size advantage over Janssen, he didn’t back down – even waving the linesmen away. Things definitely happen when Cam plays!
The Blues goals were scored by Patrik Berglund – his 7th of the season and first goal in 13 games. It might have been scrappy – going in off a skate – but who cares? Hopefully, this can be the start of good things for Mr Berglund. David Perron netted the Blues second of the game and his 15th of the season following good work from Tkachuk, Sydor and McDonald.
Now – your game reports:
- The Blues Official Site has the game report and highlights (see below).
- St Louis Game Time note that the Blues – and Ty Conklin – looked strong last night and ask fans for their opinion.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the Post Dispatch says that the Blues won a “bruising” battle in Calgary – with comments from Davis Payne, Darryl Sydor, Patrik Berglund and Ty Conklin.
The Blues continue their Canadian road trip on ‘Wednesday against the Canucks. In the meantime, check out last night’s game highlights: