ST. LOUIS – The Blues bounced back from a tough road trip to beat the visiting Carolina Hurricanes Friday night at Scottrade Center. The Canes also earned a point, as the two teams battled in overtime to determine a winner.
Brian Elliot continues to be solid for the Blues, as he gained his second win of the season. Jaroslav Halak watched from the bench as Elliot made 27 saves, securing the Blues a victory before embarking on another four game road trip.
The Hurricanes started the scoring early, with Jay Harrison firing a slap shot from the point that Elliot could not stop. The Hurricanes headed into the dressing room with a 1-0 lead after the first.
When play resumed, the Hurricanes picked up where they left off. Brandon Sutter scored on a breakaway to put the Canes up by two. The Blues, who have struggled mightily since the season started, overcame the deficit in the second on goals by Jason Arnott and David Backes.
Both teams played aggressive hockey through the remainder of regulation. Both the Hurricanes and Blues had excellent scoring chances, but the goalies were up to the challenge. Though Carolina was not successful on the scoreboard, Cam Ward played a fantastic game, stopping 40 of 43 shots.
Barret Jackman took a penalty early in overtime, forcing the Blues to kill off a 4 on 3 power play. At 3:58 of overtime, Vladimir Sobotka found Matt D’Agostini camping in front of Ward for an easy tip-in.
- Carlo Colaiacovo returned to the Blues line-up after missing five games with concussion symptoms.
- Friday night marked the first time Chris and Anthony Stewart have faced off at the NHL level.
- Nikita Nikitin, Taylor Chorney, and Ryan Reaves were healthy scratches for the Blues.
- Davis Payne shuffled lines, moving Vladimir Sobotka from the fourth line to top line based on “work ethic.” Payne also split the previously dynamic Oshie/Berglund/Stewart line in favor of putting Stewart on a line with Sobotka and Backes.
- The Blues play Saturday night in Philadelphia. Philadelphia is coming off a 5-2 loss to the undefeated Washington Capitals.
- David Perron has officially resumed practice with the team. Even though he can be spotted in practice wearing a red no-contact jersey, the team is ecstatic about his return. Blues F T.J. Oshie bragged about setting Perron up for an “easy” goal during Thursday’s practice.