ST. LOUIS - After a chippy game against the Sabres on Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues tried to mend some postseason wounds against the team that eliminated them — the San Jose Sharks.
Logan Couture batted the puck past Jake Allen 6:16 into the game; registering his fourth goal of the season and giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead.
Midway through the first, Alex Pietrangelo settled a loose puck before it could escape the Sharks’ zone. He then dished it to Jaden Schwartz, who wristed one past Martin Jones to tie the game.
“They pushed hard the whole first period, and we pushed back hard in the second half of the game,” explained Ken Hitchcock.
In the second period, Jaden Schwartz wanted another one. He snapped the puck toward a crowded goal, and it found its way to the back of the net. His sixth goal of the season (unassisted) put the Blues up 2-1.
“It helps when you’ve got guys going to the net,” said Pietrangelo. “‘Reavo’ was in front of the net—you’re not going to move him.”
However, the lead wouldn’t last long.
Just 0:19 after Schwartz’s goal, Kevin Labanc’s first of the year knotted the game at two.
On their third power play of the night, Robby Fabbri cycled the puck to Paul Stastny, who found David Perron open in the high slot. Perron buried his fifth of the season to give the Blues their lead back.
The Blues blocked 12 shots after two periods.
St. Louis suffered four minutes of penalties each period. Although they peppered Jones with 12 shots in the third, none of them clicked.
“We had chances to make it 4-2, and their goalie made some big saves to keep them in it,” said Schwartz.
Hitchcock is impressed with Schwartz’s play as of late.
“He’s shooting the puck. He’s going to the net—he’s around it, attacking the net,” said Hitchcock. “The two goals he had had great traffic, too.”
Pietrangelo said the team took a hard look in the mirror after the Columbus game—whatever they did, it worked. Now they’re focused on building momentum.
This Saturday, the Blues will host the Nashville Predators at 7:00 p.m.