Blues Win Again, Keep Closing the Gap

Blues Win Again
Continue to Close the Gap

St. Louis Blues v Dallas Stars

The Blues handled the Dallas Stars with ease last night, winning 6-1. Playoffs – this team is knocking at your door. Through 64 games, the Blues have now collected 69 points and hold the 10th spot in the Western Conference. Granted, St. Louis has played one more game than 8th place Detroit, 9th place Calgary and 10th place Dallas, but the fact remains that this Blues team is now within one point of a postseason spot.

Five wins in a row. The Blues are picking a perfect time to go on a run.

Things got off to a bang early when enforcer D.J. King dropped the gloves and destroyed Krys Barch for the second time this season (view it below).

Decision: King.

While this fight was a great one to see King participate in (without getting injured I might add), the real story of the night was the continued burst of offense we have seen from this club. Six goals last night added to the impressive streak where the Blues have won 4-3, 4-0, 4-3 and 5-2. Offense was tough to come by early this year, but it’s coming in abundance as of late.

The main man last night was Paul Kariya, who turned in two goals and an assist just a day after most speculated he could be dealt at the trade deadline. Kariya, like most of the Blues roster, has struggled to produce offensively all season long, but now has a run where he has notched eight points in his last five games. One wonders what took so long to get in gear this season, but I don’t think anyone is complaining now that the veteran winger is showing up in the boxscore.

Brad Boyes added a goal for his second straight games and T.J. Oshie chipped in a late goal and an assist.

Chris Mason got the start in net and channeled his best form, turning away 29 of the 30 shots he faced. He was outstanding and denied numerous chances that looked to be certain goals that might have gotten Dallas back in the game before the Blues had a chance to close things out. Some speculate that Mason is night the answer for the Blues in net if they hope to make a serious playoff run, but if he plays as well as he did last night, I’d take my chances. I don’t believe he is the answer in net looking long term but his play of late has been the strongest I think we have seen all year.

For those that believed Dallas goaltender Marty Turco could be headed here this summer, I think the Blues did a fantastic job of showing he is not the answer in net moving forward and should not play into the Blues’ future plans.

Up ahead lies Colorado on Saturday, so the Blues will be doing a bit of scoreboard watching as Nashville, Detroit and Minnesota all skate tonight.