Well it was back to business as usual for the St. Louis Blues tonight as they played the Phoenix Coyotes. It was the first game that the newly acquired Ryan Miller and Steve Ott were able to participate in. The Blues were able to prove tonight why they are the favorites heading down the stretch in the NHL season, showing a side that isn’t unusual to the fans of the team but could be a bit surprising to those that tuned in just to see the new guys.
Coming into the game, the Blues were going through a sort of scoreless drought. A scoring drought that would feel so long you wondered if they would ever score again. It would stretch all the way to over 180 minutes before they were able to break the ice. After that it was almost as if they could score at will.
Playing from behind is never an easy thing to do especially in the NHL. The Blues would trail through the first two periods before showing everyone what they were made of. There were players flying all around the ice, diving to block shots, finishing their checks, and just playing all-around great defense. It would prove to be game changing as the Blues scored four unanswered goals to defeat the Coyotes 4-2.
Great teams find ways to win. That is what was shown tonight in Phoenix. The game was really never in doubt, even with the score 2-0. The one thing that the Blues needed to do was play within themselves. They couldn’t let the acquisitions of the two from the Buffalo Sabres be a distraction and make them play a different style of game. Early on that might have been the case, but once they settled in they were firing off all cylinders and came out on top.
It is going to take a little time to adjust to the new guys, which could even be more than just Ryan Miller and Steve Ott, as the NHL deadline nears, but right now this team is poised to make a run at their first Stanley Cup Championship.