Three Goal Statistic Officially Ends for the Blues
It has been a talking point all season long. When the Blues have scored three or more goals it has almost been a certainty that the team would win. Prior to March 13th, the Blues were undefeated when they had scored at least three times until they fell in an OT loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Last night the Blues fell to Anaheim 4-3 giving the team their first regulation loss of the season where they have scored at least three times. The Blues are now 37-1-1 when scoring three or more times.
Over the past several weeks and months we have seen the “Three Goal Statistic” beaten to death. As soon as the Blues scored their third goal Twitter would fill up with countless Tweets reporting the statistic. It’s been a fun, though overused, talking point. Unfortunately, it seems some fans misinterpreted the statistic a bit by focusing purely on the offensive side of the stat while the true power of the stat comes from the team’s defensive ability.
It’s clear that this team’s strength is its goaltending and defense. Prior to any action on Thursday night, the Blues rank 19th in the NHL in scoring with 2.54 goals per game. Defensively, the Blues rank first with a tiny 1.88 goals allowed per game.
Going back to the Three Goals statistic, it speaks to just how effective the Blues have been in shutting down the opposition. The statistic has less to do with the team’s offense reaching the crucial third goal and more to do with the defensive unit keeping opponents to two goals or less on a regular basis. The Blues have regularly won when scoring three goals because in those games the team’s defense has been on its game, keeping the opponent to one or two.
The old saying is that defense wins championships. It’s hard to argue against this point when you see just how well the Blues have done all season long despite some patchy work from their offensive unit prior to Andy McDonald and David Perron’s return.