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See? It IS possible for the Blues to hold a lead in the third period and win the game. Another sellout crowd at Scottrade saw the Blues nail the Blackhawks in an entertaining game.
The Blues came out hard and determined – with big hits, speed and hard forechecking (just check out the hit Colaiacovo lays on Jack Skille in the highlights). They were duly rewarded for their work when Oshie and Perron forced a turnover in the Hawks zone. Oshie laid off a pass to Perron who blasted the puck over Turco’s shoulder and off the crossbar into the net. David Perron is on fire at the moment – he’s working hard out on the ice, he’s gritty and speedy and is now reaping the rewards.
Unfortunately the Blues couldn’t hold the lead and a few minutes later, Patrick Sharp levelled the game with a powerplay goal. The Blues’ penalty kill seemed at sixes and sevens with Jay McClement in the penalty box and they left Patrick Sharp completely free to send a one timer past Halak. To be fair, Jaroslav Halak had no chance on this one – he was actually being screened by two of his own players: Oshie and Backes. At the end of P1, the game was tied and the Blues had outshot the Blackhawks 12-8.
In the second period, the Blues seemed to allow the Blackhawks back into the game a bit more. They didn’t relax – but they just didn’t have quite the intensity of the first period. However, once again the Blues pulled ahead in the game with a highlight reel goal from that man again: David Perron. He just seems to have Turco’s number. Just seconds after a Blues powerplay ended, Perron took the puck up the ice, passed to Oshie who quickly passed it back. A neat toe drag to his backhand and the puck was in the net. Fabulous goal.
Again, the Blues couldn’t hold the lead and the Blackhawks levelled it with a goal just as their powerplay ended. A shot from Seabrook deflected off the heel of Oshie’s stick and past Halak. Again, not much chance for the goalie who, it must be said, made some excellent saves. So, a tie game at the end of the second with the Blackhawks just outshooting the Blues by 9-7.
The third period saw the Blues get a bit of their mojo back and took the lead when Roman Polak prodded a harmless looking shot towards goal. Turco was screened by Backes and the puck somehow found it’s way into the net. A one goal lead in the third – last year the Blues would have folded. Not this game. They continued to work hard and were aggressive throughout. The game was sealed with a powerplay goal from Patrik Berglund with less than two minutes to play.
Kudos to the Blues for a good game. The three stars were David Perron, Jaroslav Halak and Roman Polak. And for your entertainment, check out David Perron’s 2nd goal of the game – it’s a doozy: