By: Patrick Kelly
After a game on Monday where the Blues just seemed to not be able to put anything in the back of the net they had no shortage of that on Tuesday. The St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames are two of the top offenses in the Western conference and they showed it by starting off the first with five combined goals between the two clubs, with the Blues skating off with a one goal lead.
The Flames came out with an added push in the second and were able to tie the game within five minutes of the second off a power play goal by Sean Monahan, their third power play goal of the night. Calgary smelt blood and kept pushing and they were rewarded with the lead for the second time that night, just five minutes after tying it. Both teams peppered the nets with shots all night, combining for 65 total shots on net between the two clubs.
Jumping off what the Flames were able to do in the first the Blues did even better to start the final period with Zach Sanford not even taking a full minute to get the game tied again. Despite both teams having great chances down the stretch including David Perron having a goal called back because it was declared offside.
Going into overtime it seemed that the Blues had the momentum to start. With big chances in the late third that carried into overtime with lots of offensive possession it seemed to all be for nothing with 2:04 left when David Perron drew a minor penalty. It seemed to be no problem for the Blues PK though as they not only were able to kill time with puck possession but also clear the puck out the zone with relatively no chances for the Flames.
The first shooter in the shootout for the Blues was the man who had the penalty in overtime, David Perron, Perron was able to walk in and with ease blow one past Talbots glove. Next up for the Flames was the St. Louis native Matthew Tkachuk. Tkachuk tried to make a fancy move to the right and catch Jordan Binnington five home but it was shut down with the paddle of his stick, giving Ryan O’Reilly the chance to win it. O’Reilly came in on the right side, did a little head fake and fired the puck through Talbots five hole to help get the Blues back on the winning track.
The game didn’t come without its cost to the Blues. On Wednesday the Blues announced that forward Oskar Sundqvist has been placed on IR with a lower body injury. This is the second time this year that Sundqvists finds himself on the IR and it comes at a time where the Blues looked like they were just getting healthy. In the past two games they have regained both Colton Parayko and Sammy Blais, after having sent Troy Brouwer through waivers which he cleared. Sundqvist has played in 18 games since his return where he has recorded eight points which includes three goals.
The Blues have some more time to relax after jumping right into the swing of things with a back-to-back. The Blues will have two off days in Edmonton before playing Connor McDavid and the Oilers on Friday night in what is the first of a second back-to-back this week for the boys in blue. With the win on Tuesday the Blues increased their lead in the conference and division to eight points, with two more games played than the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche haven’t played since last Monday and won’t be playing again until they face-off against the Flyers on Saturday.