St. Louis Blues Pick Up Five of Six Points in a Surprising Week

Michael WagenknechtContributor INovember 25, 2008

In a week in which points were hard to find, the Blues managed to pick up five of a possible six.

With the amount of serious injuries afflicting this team, it seemed that this AHL look-alike squad would barely keep its head above water.

But, as we have come to expect this season, nothing is what it seems—and the youngsters have shown they have something to prove.


Sunday, November 16th: Canadiens visit as they celebrate 100 years

This was a game of highs and lows like no other.

First, to the highs. Steve Regier made himself known by scoring two goals in his Blues debut. The Blues also were able to kill off ten Montreal power plays—including one in overtime. Manny Legace stopped 24 shots and is starting to look like his old self in the net.

On the other side of the coin, the Blues lost Andy McDonald for eight weeks when he lost an edge and crashed into the boards. McDonald fractured his ankle, but an MRI revealed that surgery will not be needed.

The shootout woes for the Blues returned as well.  All three shooters failed to put one past Carey Price. Alexei Kovalev beat Legace on Montreal's third shot to give them the win.


Friday, November 21: Blues unveil third jerseys

BJ Crombeen and Travis Moen dropped the gloves three seconds in to set the tone for the night, as there were three fights in the first period. The Blues' power play got back on track, going 2-5 against a very solid Anahiem defense. Steve Regier put in another goal and David Backes finally got back on the scoresheet, as the Blues took a 2-1 lead halfway through the third period.

But a questionable call cost the Blues the game in regulation, as Jay McKee was sent to the box with 1:23 to go. A mad scramble in front of the net with two seconds to go allowed Scott Niedermeyer to scoot the puck past Chris Mason for the tying goal.

In overtime, Lee Stempniak took the puck from center ice and beat a trio of defensemen to score the game-winning goal. With Chris Pronger coming off the bench, Stempniak cut to his left and rifled the puck between Pronger's legs, surprising J-S Giguere enough to let the puck slip in.

Saturday, November 22: - Mason's First Win

Chris Mason's season didn't start the way he wanted it to, but Saturday night he showed glimpses of what it will be the rest of the way. Mason allowed only one goal on 32 shots to notch his first win wearing the Blue Note.

Without speedster Marian Gaborik, the Minnesota Wild have struggled to score goals—and that was readily evident in this game.

After taking a 1-0 lead on a Stephane Veilleux goal, the Wild let Brad Boyes go wild on them. Forty-four seconds after Veilleux's goal Boyes knocked a rebound past Niklas Backstrom to tie the game. Twelve minutes later, Boyes was allowed to walk off the boards and unleashed a laser shot to the upper-right corner for a 2-1 Blues lead.

One night after giving up a power-play goal in the final seconds, the Blues found themselves in the same exact position Saturday night. David Backes took a five-minute boarding call with one minute to play and set up a six-on-four opportunity for the Wild. Mason, with the help of a stellar defensive corps, only needed to stop two shots to secure the victory for the Blues.


The Blues look to keep the point streak going tonight as they face off in Nashville against the Predators at 6:00 Central on Versus.