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Another painful one. A two goal lead blown – in much the same way as the Blues playoff hopes. Yes, it’s still mathematically possible for the Blues to make the playoffs, however, in reality it would need a miracle akin to the loaves and fishes.
The game started well with Alex Steen scoring a powerplay goal 7 minutes into the first period and, although the Predators had three powerplays, they were unable to capitalise. The Blues also had three powerplays in period one but it never really looked efficient. The Predators outshot the Blues 15-11 in period one.
When the second period started, it was looking like much of the same. Andy McDonald got his 22nd of the season with a tip in after three minutes following a great play by David Perron. The Predators pulled one back when Dustin Boyd redirected a shot past Mason. Then came the heartbreak – 4 seconds left in the second period and the Predators tie the game. It looked so harmless at first but Erik Johnson and Barret Jackman seemed to tie one another up, leaving Colin Wilson alone to score.
The third period – oh man. Blues outshot the Predators 12-5. And yet, it was the Predators who scored after six minutes with Steve Sullivan’s breakaway goal. The Blues didn’t give up – they threw everything at Rinne but he stood firm. David Perron had a great chance in the final few seconds but couldn’t find a way past the Predators netminder.
So, a real heartbreaker. And one of the after game talking points was Chris Mason’s comment:
“I’m definitely not going to single anyone out, but some guys showed up and worked as hard as they could, some guys didn’t,” he said. “When you’re in a desperate situation like we are, we need everybody to come and compete. We didn’t have that tonight.”
I don’t need to add anything to that so, your game reports:
- The Blues Official Site has the recap and game highlights.
- St Louis Game Time Game Day Thread – commiserate here.
- Jeremy Rutherford of the Post Dispatch notes that the Blues playoff hopes took a hit with comments from Davis Payne, Chris Mason and Barret Jackman.
The Blues play Dallas on Saturday…let’s wait and see if the game has any meaning.