Wow. If you missed this game I feel incredibly sorry for you. These types of games truly evoke the heart and soul of a team. Decimated by injuries, the Blues (Brian Elliott) put on a great show last night.
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Alexander Steen played after getting hit in the face by fellow teammate Kevin Shattenkirk (accidentally of course). Also, he didn’t wear a cage to protect himself either; that’s admirable.
Robby Fabbri, Ty Rattie, and Colton Parayko really showed up last night. Fabbri scored the first goal of the game and had a key assist in OT for the win. Honestly, while watching it on TV, it looked like other players were going in slow motion while Fabbri skated. Rattie capitalized on Mike Condon’s mistake in a clutch situation to tie the game. Finally, Colton Parayko was initially credited with a goal, but it was later awarded to the hometown hero, Paul Stastny. All three of them carried a +2 in +/-.
There’s two things Canadien fans likely thought last night about Brian Elliott: his pads are extremely tacky and he sure knows how to play hockey. Elliott stopped 46 of 49 shots on goal,—37 in the first two periods alone. It’s going to be interesting to see how Hitchcock handles the goalie situation when Allen returns.
Let’s face it, we need better discipline. Sure, the referees were bad and all, but 32 penalty minutes?! 32!!! Luckily, we had a terrific penalty kill and sometimes got offsetting minors with Montreal. Our penalty kill went 6/7 last night. We have a great penalty kill, but that doesn’t mean we should be on the kill 7 times!
There are many ways to take this game. It was one of the most entertaining games of the season, and the Blues truly overcame adversity to steal 2 points. On the other hand, I the Blues allowed 49 shots on goal and Tarasenko has been in a cold streak. Enough of the negatives for now though—we can get to those next time we lose. LGB.
Highlights and more: Elliott lifts Blues past Canadiens in overtime victory