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Blues Home Streak Continues

Blues Home Streak Continues
St. Louis Blues center Matthew Peca (53) sets up a passing play in the offensive zone during the first period of the game between the St. Louis Blues Montreal Canadiens at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.Photo by Daniel Shular

The Blues home win streak continues thanks to their win on Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens. They now have a seven game win streak at home. Their last game at home, they put on an offensive clinic against the Detroit Red Wings. Nathan Walker was called up and in his first game this season picked up a hat trick. Meanwhile, the Canadiens came in with just 6 wins all season. A lackluster start to the season after making the Cup finals the last spring has diminished their spirits but certainly not their fight.

Period One

Any time you are trying to keep a streak alive it’s important to keep your foot on the gas no matter who the opponent is. In just the first two minutes the Blues pounced on their former netminder Jake Allen. Pavel Buchnevich pounced on his own rebound to give them the early lead. For the most part of the period, the Blues really controlled the play. Their puck possession off of faceoffs and shots showed their control. The Canadiens made things difficult by throwing the body around and made it a very physical first period. St Louis waas up 1-0 after 20 minutes.

Period Two

Allen was locked in in goal and stood tall against the Blues early in the second. However, the Blues offense eventually overpowered him once again. Dakota Joshua got his second of the season when he fought through and got the puck in before he himself fell into the net. Their offense continued to produce chances and before the period was over they capitalized during a power play. Ivan Barbashev got his 10th of the year. After 40 minutes the Blues continued to control the pace of play and lead 3-0.

Period Three

St Louis maintained control, for the most part, however, their goalie Charlie Lindgren mishandled the puck behind his own net that lead to a good chance for the Canadiens. Alexander Romanov picked off a clearing attempt and fired it past Lindgren to end his shutout. Their hope of really getting back into this game seemed to be dashed when Torey Krug smoked a rocket from the point on the power play to put the Blues up 4-1. Overall the end of the game continued to be all Blues as they fired off a few more shots on Allen. To the relief of the Canadiens, the buzzer finally sounded. St Louis Blues kept their home streak alive, extending it to 7 games.

Takeaways

Blues proved how they have such depth to their team and franchise. Even when down 9 primary starters due to injuries or COVID, they can control the flow of the game even when new guys are jumping on different lines. Other than the one “blemish”, Lindgren looked solid and saw the puck really well. He now boasts 3 wins in his 3 games this season. The fans and team paid tribute to their longtime teammate Jake Allen, then proceeded to put 4 past him and win big. They look to make it 8 in a row at home on Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks.

Montreal Canadiens have had their fair share of troubles this season. Being practically a shell of the team that made the run to the finals mere months ago. Jake Allen has been wonderful and a bright spot for them, but the holes in their defense and the sluggish stats from their offense don’t help rack up wins. The pieces are there, but the communication and development of the lines are yet to really come. This season is still young to some degree, but they’re running out of time to really make an impression in the league. They now travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins Tuesday night.

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