Blues 2 – Islanders 1 (S/O)

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After a four day break, it was understandable that the Blues were a little rusty.  Maybe the break could also explain why they were sloppy at times, unable to convert on many powerplays and had a bit of a misfiring offence.  Yes, they had 36 shots on net and the Islander’s goalie, Martin Biron, was very solid but you would have expected a higher conversion rate.

Despite outshooting the Islanders 11-6 in the first period, it was the home team who went in ahead after scoring a powerplay goal with 9 seconds left in the period.  The Blues tied the game in the second period when Patrik Berglund scored a powerplay goal.  However, despite 5 more powerplays, the Blues failed to convert.  Again, a couple of the decisions from the officials were a bit mystifying but that’s only to be expected now.

The game went into overtime – with the Blues managing to kill off a dangerous powerplay for the Islanders – and then to a shootout.  Chris Mason saved both attempts by the Islanders and TJ Oshie and Brad Boyes very coolly scored past Martin Biron to give the Blues that essential extra point.  It was a scrappy and tight game – the kind of game the Blues need to win and they can come away from New York with the sense of a job well done.

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Next up, another must win game against the Blue Jackets on Saturday.  Mind you, they’re ALL must win games at the moment.

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