It finally came to an end. The Blues season ended, much like it had many times before, with a loss. A close loss. They fell 3-2 to the Blackhawks in overtime. Kyle Calder beat rookie goaltender Jason Bacashihua at the 3:20 mark of overtime to end the game and what has become a long season for St. Louis.
Bacashihua did what he could for a team that didn’t provide much defense on Tuesday night. He faced an astounding 52 shots on goal, stopping 49 of them.
The two teams traded goals throughout the game. Timofei Shishkanov scored first for St. Louis with a shot at the 12:00 mark of the first period. Radim Vrbata scored later in the first and the teams were tied at 1-1 during the first intermission.
Scott Young gave the Blues a 2-1 lead with his 18th goal of the season at the 4:57 mark of the second. Dustin Byfuglien made it 2-2 with a goal at the 12:36 mark.
The Blues finished with 57 points, which is the lowest in the NHL this season. It’s the first time they’ve ever finished last in the league. It is the third-lowest point total in franchise history. It also marks the first time since 1979 that St. Louis has failed to make the post-season. They had an overall record of 21-46-15.