Vancouver has beaten the Blues six straight times and is 11-0-2 against them since Nov. 4, 2011. Eddie Lack who was 4-0-0 with a 1.92 goals-against average, a .930 save percentage coming into this game, made 23 saves in a 4-1 win for the Canucks. Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko injured his knee in the third period. His status is unknown.
The slumping Blues (46-23-7, 99 points) remain three points behind the Nashville Predators for first in the Central Division. Their hold on second place is down to one point on the Blackhawks and four ahead of the Minnesota Wild. They are also with Alex Steen, who was injured in the Columbus game.
Coach Ken Hitchcock is looking for others to step up.
“This is two games in a row now where quite frankly, we’ve lost a lot of board battles, we’ve been indecisive with the puck, we’ve been slow in our heads, and I think sometimes when you’re slow in your head, any information you’re getting is too much information,” said Hitchcock.
After a scoreless first period, the Blues tied the game at 1-1 at the 12:44 mark when Zbynek Michalek ripped a shot from the top of the circle to beat Lack. It was Michalek’s first goal with St. Louis. He also made a save after scramble in front of the Blues net left Brian Elliott out of position. Michalek blocked a shot in the crease. The Blues have lost six of their last nine.
“It’s hard to say. There are so many things,” Michalek said. “I don’t think there’s one good thing about our game right now. We need to look in the mirror and start playing as a team. Right now, it just seems like everybody’s doing different things. We need to get on the same page, play for one another. Right now, it’s not good enough.”