After an exciting weekend defeating several generations of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues battled the Carolina Hurricanes in the Scottrade Center’s first game of 2017.
After a Kevin Shattenkirk turnover, Derek Ryan’s bottom-right snipe made it 1-0 just 1:09 into the game.
The Hurricanes led 7 to 6 in shots after one period of play. Carolina dominated the first.
Just 3:04 into the second period, Joel Edmundson knotted the game with his first goal of the season. His clapper was assisted by Alexander Steen.
Five minutes later, Vladimir Tarasenko entered the zone looking for a dish from Robby Fabbri. Once he received it, Tarasenko ripped his 19th of the season past Cam Ward to make it 2-1.
Game photos: St. Louis Blues vs. the Carolina Hurricanes
Former Blue, Jay McClement tied the game at 2-2 midway through the period.
In the third, Jeff Skinner’s slapshot beat Allen to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead with 6:08 left in regulation.
With just under two minutes left in the third period, Ryan knocked-in an empty net goal. His second of the night made the final score 4-2 in favor of Carolina.
The Hurricanes outshot the Blues 29 to 23. Allen stopped 25 of the 28 he faced.
"I thought that was our worst game of the year,” said Allen. “I don't know what you guys saw, but from everyone, we need to look at ourselves in the mirror after that game. Unfocused, unexecuting and just didn't play our game at all.”
“I agree with Jake’s statement,” said Edmundson. “I feel like we were playing in slow motion and we weren’t working together as a team, so that’s the result we’re going to get.”
Ken Hitchcock didn't see it as their worst performance of the year, but he's very disappointed in the way his players conducted themselves during the game. He also pointed-out special team losses at both ends of the ice.
"We needed to really dig-in and regroup with each other, and we didn't have enough people doing it today," explained Hitch.
The Blues will host a Central Division foe this Saturday. They’ll take-on the Dallas Stars at 7:00 p.m.