Stewart and Pietrangelo Lead
Canada Past Switzerland
It hasn’t been the easiest thing to follow our St. Louis Blues players at the World Championships, but it is clear that several are having some marquee performances. Today, Chris Stewart and Alex Pietrangelo rose and gave Canada a 4-3 OT victory over Switzerland in group play.
Chris Stewart finished today’s game with a very impressive line consisting of one goal, four shots and a +3. At defense, aside from having the winning goal in OT, Alex Pietrangelo finished the game with six shots and a +1. Carlo Colaiacovo also skated for Team Canada today, and while he posted a +1 and two shots, he was held off of the score sheet.
To date, Pietrangelo has been one of the best players in the tournament scoring two goals and one assist in his first three games. Even more impressive is the blueliner’s outstanding plus/minus that sits at +6. Team Canada, as always, is a leading favorite in the tournament which might help inflate Pietrangelo’s numbers a tad, but his clutch OT winner for his side today shouldn’t be ignored.
Stewart is just picking up right where he left off this season with the Blues, now having two goals and a +5 through three games.
It shouldn’t come as a major shock that Stewart and Pietrangelo are excelling with a very talented roster around them, but it is worth paying attention to the poise and composure we continue to see from Petro even in high-pressure situations.
Once the tournament wraps and the representatives from the Blues head home, a better, closer look can be given to their performances and how it might impact them coming into the 2011-12 season.