The Blues’ 4th line capitalized as Chris Thorburn had an assist on Kyle Brodziak‘s lone goal in the 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh in St. Louis on Sunday. Sidney Crosby scored 2 goals including the 400th of his career. Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary both registered a goal and an assist each, and Riley Sheahan netted 1 as well. Dominik Simon had 2 helpers in this one for the Penguins. St. Louis went 0-3 on the power play.
A FULL SIXTY MINUTES
After the game, Alex Pietrangelo said that “If you look at the overall effort, it was there. Just a couple of mistakes we can’t make.” St. Louis was turning the puck over a lot in that 3rd period and unfortunately left Jake Allen out to dry a few times. The Penguins were able to capitalize. These 2 goals weren’t Jake Allen’s fault, and obviously, the open-netter wasn’t either. In my opinion, the Blues may have been fatigued. It looked as if they were ready to call it a game with 7 minutes left.
St. Louis played a strong game until the 3rd after a shot by Pietrangelo was deflected in by Paul Stastny. The goal was disallowed due to a high stick. This game just went the Penguins’ way from then on. St. Louis had many more offensive chances than Pittsburgh throughout the game, but Matt Murray was stopping everything.
TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT
The Blues have been able to win 6 of their last 10 regardless of inconsistent play in front. St. Louis will need to put this one behind them, and concentrate on a very important divisional matchup in Nashville against the Predators Tuesday. Surely, the Blues will touch some things up at practice in the meantime. Turnovers in the defensive zone must be kept to a minimum.
This will certainly be a test for the Blues. The Predators are currently 1st in the central. They have collected points in 9 of their last 10 contests. They’re 4 points ahead of St. Louis and have 4 games in hand. Wins are crucial right now in this race. The Blues are just 2 points behind the 2nd place Winnipeg Jets who have 3 games in hand on them. Also, Dallas is just 1 point behind St. Louis, but the Stars have 2 games in hand as well.
As I said earlier, 3 of the 4 goals that Pittsburgh scored today weren’t Jake’s fault. In order to win in this league, especially against a reigning Stanley Cup Champion team; You’ve got to score more than just one goal. The Blues have shown a lot of potential in the last 3 games but fell short this one. There were some defensive mistakes and the Blues paid for it.
You can’t win them all, but when you do lose, make sure you learn from it. Head Coach Mike Yeo stated that “There were a lot of parts that actually looked pretty good (for the Blues). They (Pittsburgh) played a really solid road game.” He’s absolutely right. They brought some heat today. Give credit where credit is due. I think we can expect the Blues to bounce back and respond with a stronger effort in Nashville after this disappointing loss. I expect more attention to detail.