By Patrick Kelly
After the St. Louis Blues hit a bit of a speed bump last Friday, they were able to bounce back with a big comeback win Monday. The Blues started their two-game stint against the San Jose Sharks and it was an exciting game from the start. Two teams who are all too familiar with each other needed little time to get down to business.
The Sharks were the ones able to bite first with two goals within five minutes halfway through the first period to put the Blues in a hole that eerily looked like Friday. The Blues would go into the locker room down 2-0. With their backs against the wall and not trying to have a repeat of their previous game, the Blues came out strong early in the second.
After a quick penalty was killed off, Justin Faulk sprung from the box and got a breakaway that he finished to get the Blues on the board. The Blues responded to the momentum and added to it with a goal from Mike Hoffman to tie the game. The Blues would trail one more time in the second period before tying and never trailed the rest of the game.
In the third period, the Sharks tried to show they weren’t dead in the water by tying the game early on a goal by Logan Couture. With the score tied, who would be the hero? For the Blues, it was their young up and comer Jordan Kyrou who had a strong game all night and capped it off with the game-winning goal.
One of the Blues’ biggest strong points entering this season is their depth. So far, on both sides of the puck, that has proven more than accurate. In the Blues’ first game against the Colorado Avalanche, it was all bottom-six forwards getting on the board. On Monday, it was the defense getting involved with two and the Blues’ top six getting their first goal of the season with Brayden Schenn netting one. This isn’t a call for concern though. Taking Friday’s game out of the equation, the Blues’ top lines have done a fantastic job of neutralizing the most dangerous weapons on the opposing side, opening up the way for the younger guys to step up.
After what was a strong first game against the Sharks, the Blues can expect more of that on Wednesday in their second game from Enterprise Center with a later start at 8 o’clock.