Goals: Steen (7) and Dunn (4)
My Thoughts on this game
- Overall, I thought this was the best the Blues had looked in quite some time. They played 60+ minutes of hockey where they chased the puck and put pressure on their opponent from one end of the ice to the other.
- The power play was 0 for 2 and even gave up a short-handed goal but they held their composure and got it done.
- The short-handed goal by Connor Brown came at the 10:10 mark of the third when a bouncing puck got past Pietrangelo at the point and created a breakaway for Brown who beat Carter Hutton high on the glove side. It was the 5th shortie the Blues have given up this season. The puck seemed to be on edge a lot tonight and the announcers talked about it quite a bit. It seemed that there was nothing the captain could do as the puck scampered by him.
- Time was ticking away and it seemed like they might not get it done, but they kept putting pressure on Toronto and with about 1:45 left, they pulled Hutton and got an extra attacker on the ice. They looked so much better with 6 on 5 than they have on the power play. Quick puck movement and quick shots on goal forced a couple of face offs in the Toronto end and with :57 seconds remaining, Piertrangelo put a puck on net from the point. Steen was screening the goalie in front and got the rebound and poked it in to tie the game at 1-1.
- Overtime gave the Blues new life. Vince Dunn, who wasn't even sure he would get to play prior to the game, got the nod when Bouwmeester had travel problems getting back after his wife gave birth to their third daughter. Dunn, a Toronto native had a great game in front of his friends and family.
- He missed a couple of games before the break due to the flu and was a healthy scratch for 3 more games before that. To get back into game shape, the Blues sent him down to the AHL for a couple of games during the break. He looked rested as he had 7 shots on goal on the night and was definitely a bright spot.
- Anyway, back to overtime. Dunn got the puck in the Blues end of the ice down in the corner. It looked to me like he might dump the puck back to a teammate to regroup before going on the offensive. Instead, he gathered it up and raced the other direction. He found some clear ice as he crossed the blue line and lined up a wrist shot that beat Frederik Andersen high on the blocker side.
- Stastny assisted on both goals with Pietrangelo also getting an assist on the Steen goal.
- Great win! Let's get another one in Ottowa on Thursday.