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Well, this isn’t a new scenario, is it? The Blues give up two goals in the final four minutes and lose a crucial game. It’s pretty unbelievable how a team can play so well on the road and yet be bloody awful on home ice. They seem to be so afraid to lose at home…that they back themselves into a corner. The final few minutes of the game were like a shooting gallery. The Blues unable to clear the puck from their own zone whilst Chris Mason was bombarded from all angles. Whether you were watching at the stadium or on tv, the outcome was obvious to see.
Opposing teams who come to Scottrade know one thing very well: if you bombard the Blues late in the third period, they WILL wither and wilt and give up crucial goals. The team need to break this mindset. Davis Payne is having a definite effect – the team are more aggressive but they do have a tendency to slip back into their old ways.
However, the good points were that Carlo Colaiacovo scored a powerplay goal, Chris Mason made some great saves, David Perron got on the scoreboard and the line of Backes, Kariya and Oshie continues to show improvement. It’s going to be very interesting to see whether Colaiacovo and/or Kariya are back next season.
If the Blues miss the playoffs – and to be honest, it’s looking more and more likely that they will – then they only have themselves to blame. A bad first half of the season; appalling home record; lots of 1 goal losses; awful powerplay…the list goes on. There’s also the mindset of the players. They are confident – which is all well and good – but are they TOO confident perhaps? You get the impression that they are convinced they can turn it on in the last few games and stroll into the playoffs – that they’ll repeat what happened last year. If that IS the case, then maybe it’ll be better in the long run for the team to miss out this year. Maybe they need to learn that you need to play not only for a full 60 minutes a game…but also play 82 games a season…and not just decide to play in the last half of the season.
Anyway – enough. Your game reports:
- The Blues Official Site has the recap, highlights and interviews with Chris Mason, Alex Steen and Davis Payne.
- St Louis Game Time point out that sitting on a lead sucks.
- Dan O’Neill of the Post Dispatch points out that the Blues lost a key game – with comments from Chris Mason, David Backes and Mike Weaver.
So, where do we go from here? The Blues play Detroit on Wednesday – which should be interesting.