What category best describes watching a Blues game? A comedy? Possibly, but Tyson Nash is long gone. Drama? Maybe, however Mike Keenan is no longer behind the bench. Ah, it must be horror then right? Well, Garth Butcher retired his Bluenote sweater many years ago and Mike Danton isn’t allowed in the USA, but horror it is!
It really is laughable at times how the Blues continue to cough up leads. Blues loyalists blamed Andy Murray for the failure to close out games last season. So who is to blame now, Louie the ridiculous mascot? Their games often turn dramatic due to this constant inability to hold leads. Then the real horror begins. Watching the team self destruct and skate off the ice with their cement heads down wondering what just happened.
So how does this really play out? The team skates a practically flawless two periods in Chicago and enters the third period with a 1-0 lead. They grab the next goal to push the lead to two. Then you can just see the momentum begin to shift. Chicago begins the surge. But the Blues do have several glorious chances to score due to Chicago playing more aggressive than the way Brett Favre stalks women. Now here lies the key. The Blues are unable to get that important three goal lead. Good teams find ways to finish games. If there was such a thing as a closer in hockey, the Blues would be in desperate need of this position. A brutal interference call on Jaroslav Halak allowed Marian Hossa to score on the ensuing power play. But the Blues still have a one goal lead. Bruce Sutter would be laughing with this edge. Not for long. Hossa finished again 2:31 later and as fast as you can say Jack Brownschidle, the score is tied at two.
Here’s the real sad part. Blues nation immediately feels the refs are at fault. After all, they’re the ones who called that horrible penalty on Halak. They’re the ones who allowed the power play goal. They’re the ones who are the reason why the Blues were unable to get that two goal lead back. And they are the ones who enabled Hossa to outmuscle T.J Oshie, gain position in front of Halak and score the tying goal. That’s right Blues fans, it had to be the officiating. The guys in stripes decided before the game they would interfere with the outcome because they just simply don’t like the Blues and are secretly in love with Patrick Kane. While we’re at it, is it also the zebras faults that Head Coach Davis Payne ignored the chance to take a time out in hopes of calming his team down? Maybe he’s the one secretly in awe of Kane. Maybe it’s the officials fault the Blues once again were on the short end of the faceoffs. It had to be their fault the Blues consistently misfired on Marty Turco as well. Finally, it was definitely the refs fault the Blues outshot Chicago 7-2 in overtime but failed to finish their chances before allowing the winning overtime goal. Of course, it was certainly their fault all four Blues skaters on the ice were mesmerized like teenage girls by Kane and left Patrick Sharp wide open just like Paris Hilton’s legs.
Is my sarcasm getting through to you knuckleheads? STOP BLAMING THE REFS!!! At some point the Blues will most likely learn how to close out games. Can Mariano Rivera help them? The only question is how long will it take these toothless dunderheads to figure it out. If the trend continues, this team will finish out of the top eight in the Western Conference. And they will have nobody to blame except…THEMSELVES, NOT THE REFS.
About the Author
Written by Dave Frederick
Dave has spent more than 20 years covering the NHL for a variety of different media outlets. Most notably ESPN, Fox Sports and the National Hockey League.