Blues Close Out Homestand On a High Note
|Rangers, yes, but not necessarily from New York. Blues probably could have beaten these guys too, though. Also, I had a huge crush on the pink one when I was like twelve.|
- I've said it before and I'll say it again: Patrik Berglund needs to be shooting the puck. His goal last night was just a half step down from his unbelievable slapshot goal against the Red Wings, a wrister from the circle that caught Henrik Lundqvist and was almost by him before he had a chance to properly react. Berglund has the accuracy and suddenness of a sniper, and could really develop into a threat to shoot from virtually anywhere on the ice. Good things happen when Patrik Berglund shoots the puck. We just need to see it every night.
- I keep expecting Brian Elliott to come back to earth, and it keeps not happening. He leads the NHL in both goals against (1.43), and save percentage (.950), and is the proud owner of a 13-2-0 record on the season. He hasn't been proclaimed the starter by Ken Hitchcock yet, but the writing is on the wall. Elliott has been the best goalie in the league this season, and has managed to make Jaroslav Halak's stellar turnaround of late look positively pedestrian by comparison. There's no way Elliott can keep playing at this level, but even when he drops off you have to wonder if the Blues aren't headed for a potentially sticky choice when it comes to their long-term future in net.
- There was only one penalty called in the entire game last night. One. A holding call on the Rangers' Steve Eminger in the second period. That's one way to keep your special teams play from hurting you, I suppose.
- David Perron played close to 19 minutes again last night (18:41, to be exact), and has yet to show any recurrence of his concussion symptoms since returning. We've seen the cautionary side of things recently, with Sidney Crosby back on the shelf in Pittsburgh, but so far things seem to be progressing just fine for Perron. I have to admit I've been both pleasantly surprised and quietly concerned about the amount of ice time Hitchcock has allowed Perron, but it's definitely been a shot in the arm for the team to get him back.
- It was a rare quiet night for Kevin Shattenkirk. He played well enough, but it's unusual you see him play an entire game and not really do much of anything with the puck. Last night was just such a night, though. And, in a way, it was good to see. Players with the puck-handling skills of Shattenkirk tend to want the puck the way wide receivers want the ball. Seeing him find ways to contribute without taking a shot or pulling an assist is, in an odd way, as encouraging as anythng else that happened on the ice last night.