Berglund Finds Quick Start at Worlds
The World Championships are underway and already one member of the St. Louis Blues has jumped out to a quick start. In his first game, Patrik Berglund netted two goals, a +1 and two penalty minutes in Sweden’s defeat at the hands of Norway.
The Blues official site is tracking all of the performances throughout the duration of the tournament, and you can follow along here.
Berglund’s second goal was a nifty wrister from the slot, as reported by the game recap from IIHF.com.
Unfortunately, Berglund’s tallies came in a losing effort to Norway, a result which will go down in the history books as Norway’s first win ever. Norway had not won a contest in 61 years of international competition.
While the statistics will be overshadowed by the result, Berglund’s solid performance comes after a season where Blues fans saw the forward score 22 goals and 30 assists for 52 points. The youngster will need a new contract heading into the 2011-12 season and there’s a possibility that any major performances at the tournament will result in Berglund seeing an even larger pay raise.
Other members of the current St. Louis roster have also seen their first action of the tournament, including Kevin Shattenkirk who scored a goal for Team USA. Chris Stewart and Chris Porter also took the ice for Team USA, but were both held off of the score sheet.
Meanwhile, Jaroslav Halak saw action for Slovakia, picking up the win while only allowing one puck to get past him. Halak has stated he is looking for more consistency in his second season with the Blues and a successful tournament could set him on the right track.