February 27, 2015

Elliott makes 30 saves, Steen scores in the shootout and the Blues beat the Jets

Brian Elliott (file photo, Bill Greenblatt)

Brian Elliott (file photo, Bill Greenblatt)

Patrik Berglund’s eighth goal with 1:49 remaining in the second period gave the Blues a 1-0 lead, but Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele tied it 3:14 into the third period to force overtime game, but Alex Steen tucked one in between Michael Hutchinson’s leg and the post during the shootout to give the Blues a 2-1 victory.

Brian Elliot helped steal the extra point for the Blues.  He made some tough saves in the 31 shots on goal he faced.

Berglund took a flip pass from Paul Stastny who cut through  Winnipeg’s Chris Thorburn and Dustin Byfuglien.  Berglund took the pass and was able to beat Hutchinson over his stick shoulder.

In the shootout, Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the second round and Andrew Ladd kept the Jets alive on their last chance, before Steen ended it in third round.

The win ended a two-game losing streak for the Blues, who completed a 1-3-0 homestand Tuesday. Ten of their next 13 games will be on the road, including another visit to Winnipeg on March 19.

Why the St. Louis Blues have a great chance of winning a playoff series this season (Google Hangout)

The Blackhawks will be without Patrick Kane (88) for 12 weeks UPI/John Boman Jr

The Blackhawks will be without Patrick Kane (88) for 12 weeks UPI/John Boman Jr

The St. Louis Blues are in Winnipeg tonight with a firm handle on 2nd place in the division and if the standings remain the same, they Blues will face the Chicago Blackhawks again in the first round of the playoffs and could finally get past their rivals this postseason.

Nas–89 pts
StL–80 pts
Chi–77 pts
Wpg-73 pts

The Blues got knocked out of the playoffs Chicago in six and a rematch could favor the Blues this year.  Patrick Kane, tied for the NHL lead in points, is out 12 weeks after surgery to repair a broken clavicle and would miss a potential first round playoff series with the Blues.

Since the 2002-2003 season, the St. Louis Blues have won just one playoff series, going 1-6 in their last seven playoff series.  In five of the six seasons the Blues made the playoffs in that time, they were knocked out in the conference quarterfinals.

Watch our Google Hangout as we look ahead to a potential Blues playoff run.

The St. Louis Blues playoff results since 2001-2002

Blues playoffs

Rough night for the Blues as Montreal rolls. Galchenyuk and Gallagher lead the Canadiens with two goals each

Montreal Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk (27) celebrates his first period goal with teammates against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 24, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Montreal Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk (27) celebrates his first period goal with teammates against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 24, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Alex Galchenyuk scored two goals and had an assist and Brian Gallagher scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens beat the St. Louis Blues, 5-2 on Tuesday. Carey Price made 27 saves and set a Canadiens record with his ninth consecutive road victory.

The Blues (38-18-4) went 1-3-0 on their four-game homestand.T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist, David Backes scored as Jake Allen made 18 saves.

Galchenyuk gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead when he deflected  P.K.Subban’s shot from the right point past Allen with 6:38 remaining in the first period. Galchenyuk gave Montreal a 2-0 lead when he took Tomas Plekanec’s faceoff win and took a wrist shot to beat Allen on the short side 3:11 into the second. It was his 18th goal.

David Backes cut Montreal’s lead in half when he took Vladimir Tarasenko’s pass in the slot and redirected the puck past Price 6:01 into the second for his 20th goal, but the Canadiens scored two goals in 49 seconds to go up 4-1.

Blues slow start a big concern for Hitchcock. “Weren’t ready from the start … troubling.”

St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott skates to the bench after giving up three goals to the Dallas Stars in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 17, 2015. Elliott was replaced by Jake Allen.  Photo by BIll Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott skates to the bench after giving up three goals to the Dallas Stars in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 17, 2015. Elliott was replaced by Jake Allen. Photo by BIll Greenblatt/UPI

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn scored two goals, and Cody Eakin added a third, 20-seconds after Benn’s second in the first period, ending Brian Elliott’s night just 8:38 into the game as the St. Louis Blues fell behind 3-0 at that point and go onto lose 4-1 Tuesday night at Scottrade Center.

Coach Ken Hitchcock saw lingering effects of the Florida game that left him displeased with the results.

“I think this is a team that wasn’t ready to compete,” Hitchcock said. “Weren’t ready from the start. That wasn’t the problem in Florida [a 2-1 shootout victory on Sunday]. We weren’t ready at the end in Florida … troubling. It would be troubling to not come back and be ready to play, especially … Dallas has had the advantage on us the last two games early in the game and we’ve had to mount comebacks in the games to be competitive. It’s concerning.”

Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves for the win. He had his bid for a second straight shutout end when Patrik Berglund scored with 7:30 remaining.

The Blues (37-16-4, 78 points) are 21-6-2 at home and fell six points behind the first-place Predators in the Central Division.

Blues jump out to early lead and outscore high power Tampa Bay thanks to Steen’s big night

Alex Steen (L) is congratulated by T.J. Oshie (74) and other teammates after his goal (photo/NHL.com)

Alex Steen (L) is congratulated by T.J. Oshie (74) and other teammates after his goal (photo/NHL.com)

Alexander Steen scored a goal and had two assists and David Backes and T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist as the St. Louis Blues jumped on the Lightning early for a 6-3 victory in Tampa Bay Thursday night.

St. Louis jumped out to a 2-0 in the first 4:47 of the first period, then put the game away with scored three goals in a three-minute span in the second period. The Blues outshot the Lightning 44-29.

Oshie scored the first and then Dmirtij Jaskin added a first-period power play goal.  Steen assisted on both opening goals.

After Tampa’s Tyler Johnson scored a power play goal to cut the Blues’ lead to 2-1, the offense sparked.

Steen made it 3-1 at 12;15 when he capitalized on a turnover by Lightning center Steven Stamkos and beat St. Louis native Ben Bishop for his 19th of the season.  Backes made 4-1 at 14:11 with his 19th goal of the season and Paul Stastny scored 72 seconds later to make it 5-1.

The Lightning cut it to 5-3, but Vladimir Tarasenko scored on an empty net with 1:05 remaining. It was his 29th goal of the season.