In a game which ended in dramatic fashion, the St. Louis Blues shutout the San Jose Sharks in Game 2 of this first round playoff series, 3-0. In a game riddled with fights, the conclusion of this game was no different. After the final whistle blew, fights broke out with Vladimir Sobotka, Barret Jackman, Roman Polak, and David Perron showing the Sharks that they indeed have the upper hand moving on to Game 3.
It was one of those games … I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.
The Blues came out of the block with all cylinders firing and Vladimir Sobotka scored an early goal thanks to a little help and tap in by Shark goalie Marc-Edouard Vlasic. The two remaining goals were scored by David Backes and David Perron, and T.J. Oshie had two assists helping the Blues achieve their first playoff win since 2004.
Drama arrived in the second period when Barret Jackman collided into Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, bending his left leg underneath his body, which sent him to the locker room early. This left a scrambling Brian Elliott to throw on his gear and enter the game unexpectedly. Fortunately for the Blues, the Elliott that we know and love came out fighting, and helped the Blues secure yet another shutout over the Sharks this year. The Blues optimistically thought that Halak would be able to return in the third period, but as fate wold have it, Elliott took care of the business at hand and Halak was not needed.
Halak, in his one and a half periods of play, finished with 12 saves, and Elliott secured the win stopping 17 shots in the remainder of the game. The series now moves out to San Jose, where the Blues will see if they can capitalize on the road win trend that seems to be dominating this round of the playoffs.
Notable fans in attendance of tonight’s game … “Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm, sporting his playoff beard … Brett Hull, in town from Dallas … Cardinals World Series Champs, sporting their World Series rings and Blues gear: Chris Carpenter, David Freese, and Jon Jay.
Go west my sons … Let’s Go Blues!