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Well, this was one of THE most one-sided games you’ll ever see. How the Blues didn’t win by double the number of goals is probably due to their utterly anaemic powerplay. At one point, they had a 7 minute powerplay which came to absolutely nothing. However – due to the sheer number of “events” in this game, let’s take it point by point:
- The Blues outshot the Ducks 53-14
- The Blues broke a 42 year old franchise record by scoring 6 seconds apart in the first period.
- The Blues goals were scored by David Backes; Andy MacDonald; BJ Crombeen (SH) and 2 by Matt D’Agostini including one FINALLY on the powerplay.
- There were 37 penalties totalling an incredible 143 penalty minutes.
- Ryan Reaves had a good game – and a good fight until he was ejected from the game early in the second period for not tying his jersey down.
- Jonas Hiller was replaced by backup Curtis McElhinney after giving up 4 goals on 34 shots.
The Blues worked hard and were rewarded – of course, the Ducks started getting chippy when things weren’t going their way and, apart from the Reaves fight, there were also scraps between Perron and Ryan and Eric Brewer and Aaron Voros. It was definitely lively – and kudos to Barret Jackman for refusing to get drawn into a fight with George Parros when the Blues were well ahead.
Alex Pietrangelo looked comfortable on the puck – getting his first assist on Matt D’Agostini’s first goal. D’Agostini is a bit of a find – not afraid to hit and check, put on the “grinder” line and yet has definite offensive skill. D’Agostini was the game’s first star – with Alex Steen 2nd and BJ Crombeen 3rd.
The Blues looked good – the Ducks looked terrible. But a great victory for the Blues. They’re now 2 from 2 and face Nashville on Thursday.