The St. Louis Blues broke out of their scoring slump and ended their five game winless streak by taking out their frustrations on the team that swept them out of the playoffs last year. The Blues handled the Vancouver Canucks with a 6-1 victory.
The Blues wasted little time scoring four goals in the first period. The first goal came just :18 after the puck dropped when Andy McDonald scored. David Perron scored on a tip-in from a Brad Boyes shot past Andrew Raycroft to make it 2-0 less than six minutes in. Raycroft got the start for Robert Luongo who shut down the Blues in the playoffs.
St. Louis scored just four goals in their last five games, so who would have expected the Blues to score four times in a span of 7:25. It happened, thanks to Erik Johnson who followed Perron’s goal to make it 3-0 11 seconds later. Then, less than a minute after that, Perron fired in his own rebound for a 4-0 lead and the crowd at the Scott was going crazy.
Perron finished with another goal later in the game giving him his first NHL hat trick. It was also Johnson’s first goal in about two seasons after missing all of last year with a knee injury.
Iwas just talking with someone at work, telling them one of the most exciting things to happen in sports is when your home team scores two quick goals back to back. The crowd is cheering, the horn is going off, the place is going crazy. Then, just as the fans in the arena is starting to settle back into their seats, play begins and BAM, another goal. Now, this time you can actually feel the pressure of the sound pushing against your chest. Its awesome.