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An excellent win for the Blues leaves them 5 points out of the playoffs prior to tonight’s game against Minnesota. However, it took the team a little while to really get started. The first period was sloppy – the team almost looked tired but managed to outshoot the Blue Jackets 8-5. They failed to convert on a three minute powerplay and were on the penalty kill twice.
The rest of the game was different entirely. Davis Payne told the team to be more aggressive and they took their game to a different level. The Blues scored three goals in the second period – from Andy McDonald, David Backes and a powerplay goal from David Perron. All three goals were scored high on the glove side. The Blues found a weakness in Blue Jacket’s goalie, Steve Mason’s game and they ruthlessly exposed it, outshooting the Blue Jackets 18-6.
The Blue Jackets came out strong in the third period but a powerplay goal by Alex Steen sealed the game for the Blues. The Blue Jackets got a consolation goal late in the period before BJ Crombeen scored an empty net goal to give the Blues a 5-1 win. So – your game reports:
- The Blues Official Site has the recap and game highlights.
- St Louis Game Time Game Day Thread – 695 comments…you can’t beat that!
- Jeremy Rutherford of the Post Dispatch notes that the Blues managed to grab another road win with comments from Andy McDonald, Davis Payne and David Perron.