The Blues dropped the puck on Saturday night to start their season and kicked off their season with a win.
St. Louis rushed out to a 3-0 lead in the second period, the third goal being scored by David Perron, who was a game-time decision to start the evening. Justin Faulk and Brayden Schenn scored goals early as well to help create the three-goal lead.
The Avalanche would get on the board in the second period with a goal from Andre Burakovsky.
In the third period, at 13:09, Perron would score his second goal of the night to regain the three-goal lead. From there the Avalanche would turn on the pressure and make their best effort at a comeback. Colorado would score two more in the third and even put a third puck in the net. The only issue the third goal was eventually overturned after review, due to the puck being kicked in the goal.
The Blues would get a late empty-net goal from Ryan O’Reilly and that would be the final straw.
St. Louis put 28 shots on goal, with 14 hits and 31 faceoffs won. The Blues had fewer shots on goal and won fewer faceoffs but won the game with a final score of 5-3.
Great Start To The Season
The Blues could not have asked for a better start to the season, with a win over division rivals, the Colorado Avalanche. While Nathan McKinnon is currently out due to COVID-Protocol, a win against Colorado is big.
Colorado is a top team in the Western Conference right along with Vegas. The favorites to win the Central Division, have quite a bit of pressure this season to make a long run come playoff time.
It was a team effort on Saturday night, scoring goals from Faulk, Schenn, and Perron twice but the Blues will wear teams down this season. There is no secret that the Blues are not the fastest team, but the M.O. of this team is they will hit and hit some more.
At the end of the day, this is a great win for the Blues to start the season. As mentioned Colorado is a tough team and will be a tough game this year when played. Obviously, Nathan McKinnon takes this team to a whole new level and brings a different focus from an opponent. Look at Chicago and how they struggled early against the Avalanche in their opening night loss.
It was a great start getting out to a 3-0 lead and then regaining the three-goal lead with a 4-1 lead. Down the stretch, watching the Blues slowly lose the lead reminds me of how stressful this team is late in games.
It seems at times late in games, the Blues forget how to clear the puck which often leads to late goals by the other team. Thankfully, the goal that was scored to tie late in the third period was waved off after review due to it being kicked in. The Avalanche did what good teams do, and they put pressure on and forced the Blues into mistakes. Ryan O’Reilly saved the day with a late empty-net goal.
The Blues play again tonight, against the Arizona Coyotes. The puck drops at 9 p.m. CT on Bally Sports Midwest.