Well, this was better from the Blues. A much better game from them following the 8-1 defeat by the Blue Jackets. They were faster – much more organised.
The Blues had the better first period – outshooting the Predators by 9-4 and David Backes gave the Blues the lead with his first goal in 11 games following very good work from Andy McDonald. The second period however, saw the Predators come back and outshoot the Blues 10-3. It really was only a matter of time before they tied the game. A shot from Sullivan was parried by Halak and then O’Reilly popped it into the net.
In the third, a great pass from Berglund put D’Agostini in the clear and he shot past Rinne to give the Blues the lead again. What a find D’Agostini has been – leading the Blues in goals with 6 on the season. Then, a silly goal and the game was tied again. The puck came off the back boards and Dumont tapped it past a surprised Halak.
The game going to overtime and then a shootout – Blues fans must have been feeling pretty confident. D’Agostini and O’Reilly both scored – and then the surprise: Brad Boyes didn’t score. Neither did Andy McDonald or Patrik Berglund. Finally, Marcel Goc tied it up for the Predators with a neat move past Halak.
Could have been better – but could have been worse. Both Drazenovic and Porter had solid games so things are not all bad!