Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) makes a save on Blues defenseman Colton Parayko (55). (Photo courtesy: Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports)
The St. Louis Blues (3-2-3) continued to struggle on home ice after losing their fourth straight game 5-2 against the Montreal Canadiens (4-2-2). Montreal grabbed two powerplay goals off of undisciplined penalties committed by St. Louis, while Carey Price continued to prove he is one of the most dominant goaltenders in the league.
The Canadiens jumped on the board early after Jordan Weal scored on the powerplay just over four minutes into the game. The Blues rallied back when Jaden Schwartz scored an excellent no-look backhand tuck-in midway through the period. However, the Blues collapsed in the second period with three goals scored by Montreal in the first half.
Brendan Gallagher scored just six seconds into the second to make it 2-1, after a fluke shot made its way past Jake Allen. After some offensive zone penalties by the Blues, Drouin scored on the powerplay minutes later, and Nick Suzuki scored at the 12-minute mark to make it 4-1.
The Blues tried to rally in the second and third, but sloppy plays, miscommunication, and the ever-stellar Carey Price kept the Blues from getting on the board for most of the game. David Perron scored his 4th with the extra attacker in the final 37 seconds, but it wasn’t enough to mount a comeback; Shea Weber buried an empty-netter to seal the deal 5-2. Despite the score, the Blues outshot the Habs 34-25.
The St. Louis Blues have a big test next Monday against the Colorado Avalanche, while the Habs are headed to Minnesota tomorrow. The Blues and Avs face off at 7pm CT on Monday, October 21, on Fox Sports Midwest and ESPN 101.1.