SAINT LOUIS – David Perron’s return to action Saturday night was eagerly anticipated by the Blues’ fan base—and Perron did not disappoint. Just 6:41 into the first period, Perron buried his first goal of the season against Chicago Blackhawk goaltender Ray Emery. Perron’s goal was not enough, though, as the Hawks scored five, defeating the Blues 5-2.
The Blues were in control of the game flow in the first period, ending the period with a lead. The Hawks came out with a vengeance in the second. While cycling the puck in the Blues’ zone, Patrick Kane found Niklas Hjalmarsson on the point. He fired the shot, which was deflected in off the stick of Jonathan Toews. After tying the game less than one minute into the second, the Hawks regained momentum and dictated the game pace for most of the remaining game.
After Toews’s goal, the Blues netted a second go-ahead goal. Vladimir Sobotka parked himself along the half-boards, then slid the puck to Chris Stewart in the left circle. Stewart wristed the puck over Emery’s glove hand. The goal was Stewart’s first in nine games.
However, after Marian Hossa tied the game at 12:11 of the second on a short-handed goal, the Hawks would never look back. He would net another, and Patrick Sharp and Michael Frolik (EN) rounded out the Hawks’ scoring.
“We played nervous and light at times…under pressure with the puck. Good teams eat you up if you do that,” said Ken Hitchcock in his post-game media address. Hitchcock noted that Saturday night’s performance provided him with “teaching moments”—he would seize that opportunity, address his team’s weaknesses, and move forward.
Blues goalie Brian Elliott sustained just his second loss of the year, yet he made 31 saves. The Blues were outshot 36 to 25.
Special teams were the game breaker for the Blues. The team allowed two power play goals and one short-handed goal, while going 0 for 4 on the power play.
The Blues will take on the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night at home. Game time is 6:30 p.m. CST and the game airs on Versus.
Odds & Ends
- Saturday night’s loss snapped a 4-0-1 run for the Blues’ in their previous five games.
- The Blues are 2 for 33 on the power play in their last nine games. In that time, they have given up as many short-handed goals.
- The Blues are now 1-1 against the Blackhawks this season. The teams will meet four more times throughout the season.
- This is just the second regulation loss for the Blues in 13 games since Ken Hitchcock took the reigns. In that time frame, the Blues have secured 19 points (of 26 possible).
- The Blues reassigned Cade Fairchild and Brett Sterling to Peoria Saturday.
- This marked the first time Elliott has allowed more than two goals in any start.