Detroit — If nothing else, the St. Louis Blues have been extraordinarily environment friendly Saturday.
And although the Purple Wings felt they deserved a greater destiny, to an extent, the Blues have been that significantly better in a 6-1 victory.
What sort of sport was this?
The Blues had 4 objectives on 9 photographs via two intervals. At that time, the Purple Wings had no objectives on 21 photographs.
“Actually via the primary 40 (minutes), we performed in addition to we in all probability have,” coach Jeff Blashill stated. “Actually, the 40 in totality was higher than the opposite evening towards Winnipeg (in a Purple Wings win).
“The pucks didn’t go in a technique, and went within the different manner.”
St. Louis wound up with 22 photographs, doing their harm effectively and capitalizing on some quirky bounces and deflections.
Frans Nielsen scored within the third interval, the Wings’ solely aim on 29 photographs.
Goalie Jimmy Howard (4 objectives allowed on 10 photographs) was relieved by Petr Mrazek to start the third interval.
“All of it comes all the way down to I’ve to make some saves for the fellows,” Howard stated.
Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka, Scottie Upshall, Jay Bouwmeester, Dmitrij Jaskin and Brayden Schenn had objectives for the Blues (20-Eight-2, 42 factors).
Blues goalie Jake Allen stopped 28 photographs for the victory.
The Purple Wings (11-13-5, 27 factors) misplaced their eighth sport within the final 9 (1-5-Three).
“I don’t suppose a 6-1 rating (displays) how the sport went,” Nielsen stated. “We undoubtedly didn’t just like the rating however we did some good issues on the market. We did some actual good issues.
“I’m a giant believer that over 82 video games on this league you get what you deserve. We’ve to hold believing and dealing on the market.”
The Blues opened within the scoring within the first interval on Schwartz’s 14th aim, capping off a pleasant passing play.
Joel Edmundson discovered Schwartz coming into the zone and Schwartz skated into the slot and beat Howard at 11:50.
The Purple Wings had two energy performs within the opening 20 minutes however didn’t get a puck previous Allen regardless of good strain — together with one, simply earlier than Schwartz’s aim.
“We had some possibilities on that energy play and bought scored on instantly,” Nielsen stated. “It’s powerful, however our mentality was higher. After they scored, we saved taking part in exhausting.
“These video games are powerful ones to swallow.”
The Blues broke the sport open within the second interval, with three objectives on six photographs.
Sobotka made it 2-Zero at four:07 of the second interval, with an amazing wrist shot from close to the dot off the push.
Upshall prolonged the result in Three-Zero at 6:17, a breakaway aim, after a Niklas Kronwall turnover on the blue line.
Bouwmeester capped the second-period barrage along with his first aim, at 16:26, snapping a shot from the blue line that Howard might have been screened on.
“I’ve been pissed off and mad the way in which we’ve been taking part in currently,” captain Henrik Zetterberg stated. “However at the moment, you don’t wish to lose at residence 6-1, however the first two intervals we did quite a bit good issues however the puck ended up in our web somewhat than their web.”