The St. Louis Blues got a big win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night, with an overtime goal from Patrik Berglund capping off a 4-3 win that featured a hat trick from Vladimir Sobotka. The Blues now bring a two-game winning streak into tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks, the final game of their five-game road trip. Rookie Jake Allen got the win in goal and now has a 5-1-0 record on the season. A well-rested Jaroslav Halak will return tonight to face a Ducks team that has posted back-to-back shutouts.
The hat trick was the first of Sobotka’s career and was the latest addition to the best month of his career. He had never even scored two goals in a game before, much less three, and now has six goals and seven points for the month. Sobotka had just one goal and six points through the first 19 games of the season, but has caught fire in the last five games the Blues have played. With star rookie Vladimir Tarasenko still sidelined by concussion issues, the Blues needed someone to step up and replace his scoring and Sobotka has proven more than capable of doing that. He has picked up two points on the power play this month and has seen an increase in ice time since the start of the season.
As the Blues continue to work their way back into second place in the Central Division, they will need to see Halak return to form in net. They’ll also need consistent scoring, something that Sobotka, Chris Stewart and David Perron have been able to deliver in recent weeks.