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It was a bit too much to expect the Blues to play back to back games against the Western Conference’s top two teams and beat them both. The Blues stuck with it though – working hard throughout the game but it wasn’t enough. They didn’t play badly last night – but that old chestnut, turnovers, cost them dearly.
The Sharks scored two goals in the first 8 minutes of the game. Their first goal coming after a mere 21 seconds. When a team goes behind by two goals that early, it’s extremely difficult to get back in the game – to dig yourselves out of that awful hole. But the Blues tried. They pulled a goal back with a marvellous powerplay goal from Patrik Berglund – who is definitely getting a bit of his old stride back.
The Sharks restored their two goal cushion with the only goal of the second period. Devin Setoguchi took the puck behind the Blues net, wrongfooted Barret Jackman, skated unimpeded in front of the net and slid a shot past Conklin. It shouldn’t have happened – but there you go. The Blues weren’t finished however and Alex Steen pulled another goal back for the Blues midway through the third period. The backbreaking goal came with just under five minutes of the game left when Scott Nichol scored with a slapshot from the right.
The Blues outshot the Sharks by 37-31 and outshot them in every period. This wasn’t a game where they played flat. Admittedly, they were very slow off the mark in the first period and gave themselves a mountain to climb but they didn’t give up. What they have to do is regroup, settle themselves and prepare for the visit of the Blackhawks on Saturday. Mention must also be made of the Sharks backup goalie, Thomas Greiss, who made some terrific saves to keep the Blues at bay. He’s one to watch.
Anyway – game reports:
- The Blues Official Site has recap, highlights and interviews with David Backes, Barret Jackman, Ty Conklin and Davis Payne.
- St Louis Game Time Game Day Thread -with guest Sharks fans joining in. Who said hockey fans can’t get along. Occasionally.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the Post Dispatch says that the Sharks took a bite out of the Blues with comments from Davis Payne, David Backes and Ty Conklin.