St. Louis Blues Fighting to Get Back on Track

Michael WagenknechtContributor IJanuary 13, 2009

The St. Louis Blues wrap up a three game West Coast road trip tonight in Calgary. The Blues are coming off a lackluster performance in Edmonton on Sunday, falling 2-1.

The trip started off with a surprising and wild victory in Vancouver, which spoiled Mats Sundin Canuck home debut. With the teams tied at three late in the third period, the two teams unleashed a rubber assault on the two net-minders.

TJ Oshie gave the Blues a 4-3 lead with 5:43 to go, only to have Daniel Sedin tie it back up a minute and a half later. Sundin took a slashing penalty with 2:30 to go, and 20 seconds later Brad Boyes potted his team leading 11th power play goal for a 5-4 lead.

Finally, 21 seconds later, BJ Crombeen sealed the win with his ninth goal of the season.

On Sunday, the Blues rolled in to Edmonton and dominated the first 40 minutes of play. Yan Statsny gave the Blues a 1-0 lead by doing what he does best, crashing the net. We found out later that Stastny will be out 4-6 weeks with a broken thumb.

Sam Gagner was the star of the game though, as he scored the game winner early in the third period and assisted on the game-tying goal halfway through the second.

After dominating the first two periods, St. Louis went in to a shell. The Blues recorded their first shot of the third period with only five minutes remaining in the game and finished the third with just three shots.

"That definitely wasn't a good effort," Blues forward Jay McClement said. "It's disappointing after we made strides and we played well two nights ago (a 6-4 win over Vancouver). I think it's unacceptable." (

The Blues will look to rebound against a team with which they have struggled with over the last few years.

This season, the Blues are 0-2 and have been outscored 10-6. With the trade deadline approaching and time running out for a playoff run, the Blues need to get points now or be left out in the cold yet again.