The St Louis Blues won tonight 4-2 against the San Jose Sharks. The theme of this game was still the inconsistency of the Blues play. Whether its still needing to find chemistry between line mates or figuring out what roles the players will fill, I do not know. What I do know is this.
- The penalty kill is still terrible
- The power play is still terrible
- If Elliot continues to play like this he will challenge Halak for the starting role
- If Elliot does nab the starting role the Blues have some major issues to resolve
- Kent Huskins could possibly be the best pick up for the Blues this year
All that being said the Blues dominated control of the puck in the first period. It felt like this team would score at any moment. They had the Sharks flustered and making mistakes. Enter Matt D’Agostini as the Sharks coughed up the puck in their own zone, and Dagger made them pay, netting the puck just around Greiss.
The consistency of inconsistency that has plagued the Blues came into full form into the 2nd period. The Blues outshot look rough. Davis Payne started shuffling the lines again, something that has become very frustrating among fans of the team. Grachev, who in my previous post today got the call to play tonight started on the 4th line. Payne moved up TJ Oshie to the first line with Backes and Langenbrunner. Grachev finally got his chance in the 3rd period with his line mates in the preseason and just looked off. He did not have the timing required to play top line minutes tonight.
Two points to notice is the Steen, Arnott, and D’Agastini line are just as on fire as the Oshie, Berglund, Stewart line, which sad to say was broken up tonight and definitely looked out of sync with Sobotka playing up. As good as Sobotka is he just is not as good as Oshie. Steen and Dags both scored tonight, and Arnott still looked good.
Stars of this game easily number 1 goes to Elliot. He made possibly the save of the year with a glove save on Boyle with an open net. He made a total of 34 saves on 36 shots and surprised most of us thinking Bishop should have won the job out of camp.
Number 2 goes to Kent Huskins. I cannot believe I am saying this but the man is a +6 so far, and his goal tonight tied the game and changed the tilt of the ice into the Blues favor.
Number 3 goes to Tj Oshie. The kid can flat out play. He hustles, he creates, and he agitates. Oshie was all over the ice tonight, hitting the opposition, getting the cycle going, wearing out the Sharks on the ice. Everyone on the ice for Blues when Oshie was out there benefited tonight from his energy.
While the Blues won tonight, the Sharks very easily could have taken the game. The Blues go south to Anaheim for their next game. Look for a write up soon previewing the game. Also check out some the Ducks page and read their point of view as well. Thank you for reading.