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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.
Your game reports:
- The Blues Official Site has the game report plus highlights.
- St Louis Game Time Game Day Thread – fun and games on the GDT again. I really do advise you to take part in one of these.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the Post Dispatch notes that the Blues edged the Islanders with comments from Davis Payne, Brad Boyes, Barret Jackman and Chris Mason.
Next up, another must win game against the Blue Jackets on Saturday. Mind you, they’re ALL must win games at the moment.