Blues Get Back on Track With Win Over Detroit
- You could see how well the Blues' defense played last night, not only in the score, but in the way the Red Wings reacted. The referees called what I thought was an unnecessarily tight game, but at the same time Detroit committed some really foolish penalties I've never seen from a Red Wing team. You could see the frustration in the body language of the Detroit players, and you could see it bubble over several different times, leading to sloppy, undisciplined play and a couple of really bad penalties. In fairness to the Red Wings, I think I would have gotten pissed and tried to take out Brian Elliott too if I were playing 80% of the game in my own end.
- T.J. Oshie played a monster of a game last night. If Oshie was on the ice, he was within five foot of the puck. Every time Detroit tried to do anything, there was Oshie. Breaking up the play. Throwing his body around. Hassling, harassing, everything. He was outstanding, and really has been most of the season. Since the coaching change, though, Oshie seems to have elevated himself to another level entirely. He's been unbelievable, and is the number one reason the top line has been so good of late.
- Patrik Berglund should be shooting the puck more. Every time I see him actually wind up and really let one go, I'm always shocked how well he shoots the puck because we just don't see nearly enough of it out of him. The slapshot goal he sent to the top short side corner last night on a fast break was one of the single most impressive goals I've seen a player make in the NHL this season. Berglund has the size, strength, and the shot to be a real weapon. Why he plays like a finessey, pass-first small wing I don't quite understand.
- The referee who called David Perron for goaltender interference late in the game last night should be ashamed of himself. One of the worst calls I've ever seen. Perron was pushed from behind, which doesn't qualify as interference anyway, and then to cap it off Wings' goalie Jimmy Howard jumped on top of Perron and started wailing away. Somehow, though, the goalie didn't get a penalty called on him. I would never call for a player to face retribution from another team, but if I'm a Blues player this morning I'm probably thinking about crashing the net a little extra hard next time I see the Red Wings. The call was an absolute disgrace, and the fact that referee will still have a job at the end of this week is a joke.