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Once again, the Blues were lacklustre at times but, more importantly, they came through to win the game and pick up a very important two points. With the LA Kings stuttering with only 1 win in the last 7 games and the Colorado Avalanche having lost their last 2 games, things are getting very interesting in the final couple of playoff spots. Patrik Berglund sat this game out – having missed practice on Saturday due to having overslept.
The Blues kept themselves alive with a win following an awful first period. They looked tired and with four turnovers it was odds on that the Oilers would finally put one of their chances away. Patrick O’Sullivan intercepted a pass from Barret Jackman, raced into the Blues zone and slotted the puck calmly past Chris Mason. Once again, there were some awful calls from the officials – including a high stick on Roman Polak that caused him to leave the ice bleeding…and yet the officials somehow managed to completely miss it. The Oilers outshot the Blues 10-7 in the first period.
Davis Payne obviously had words with the team during the intermission because it was a more energised team that took the ice in the second period. Outshooting the Oilers by 16-6, the Blues got their just reward in the 10th minute when Erik Johnson scored a powerplay goal with a perfect slapshot from the blue line to tie the game. Kudos must go to the Oilers goaltender, Dubnyk, for some great saves the keep the game at 1-1.
It took until the 8th minute of the third period for the Blues to go ahead – and things were pretty even in this period with the shot totals at 8-8. An Alex Steen shot from the point was tipped by both Brad Winchester and Keith Tkachuk on it’s way to the back of the net. Tkachuk got the final touch – scoring his 13th of the season on his 38th birthday.
Okay – your game reports:
- The Blues Official Site has the recap, game highlights and interviews with Chris Mason, Keith Tkachuk and Davis Payne.
- St Louis Game Time Game Day Thread – please join one of these – it’s great fun. The site posts the link to the thread about an hour prior to game time.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the Post Dispatch notes that the Blues beat the Oilers on Tkachuk’s 538th career goal with comments from Keith Tkachuk, Erik Johnson and Davis Payne.
Tomorrow, the Blues face the Blackhawks – once again at Scottrade. The Blues will also be paying tribute to Paul Kariya and his 400th career goal prior to the game. EDIT: This has now been moved to Monday 5 April 2010.