By Patrick Kelly
Just when it seemed that Blues fans have seen their team win in every way possible, especially after Game 3 of the playoffs last season against the Sharks, the hockey gods found another way to have the Blues fall short. Late in the third period against the Colorado Avalanche with the game tied at one, the Avalanche got a big power play on a soft call on Alexander Steen made in a game with the same two referees from that Game 3. The Avalanche didn’t take their foot off the gas the entire power play and they were rewarded at the oddest possible time, with 0.1 seconds left. After a lengthy review in what seemed like an inconclusive call considering how fast the puck was moving in relation to the FPS. The NHL does have camera angles that television doesn’t get and they obviously saw reasonable doubt to count it.
The Blues came out quick starting the fourth line which was a staple for the team last year. The entire Blues offense seemed on a different time throughout the game and made the Avalanche fight for every single puck battle. As with other games so far in the NHL restart, the penalty box was frequented by both teams with the Blues obviously ending the game in the box. The Blues had four attempts at the power play but only converted on their lone goal by David Perron in the first period. The Blues defense was something that was a bit inconsistent at times, which led to the Avalanche having some grade-A chances all throughout the game. After allowing two goals against the Blackhawks on Wednesday, Jordan Binnington stepped it up and had a much stronger game, stopping 36 of 38 Colorado shots.
The Blues were just short of getting a point with Colorado stealing two points and taking the head-to-head matchup, which could decide the first seed in the West. The Blues have two more round-robin games with the first on Thursday vs. the Golden Knights and next Sunday against the Dallas Stars.