“Teamwork divides the task and doubles the success”. This quote can easily be attributed to any player currently on the Blues roster. This season so far has been a rollercoaster. The beginning showed the Blues off to one of their best starts in franchise history. Then injuries hit and the team went into a downward spiral. But Head Coach Davis Payne was able to maintain control and pull the team out of its sorrow and back into the Western Conference playoff race.
The Blues are now in the midst of their second longest winning streak of the season, thanks to their fifth straight victory Friday night over the Phoenix Coyotes. They are 4-0 on their current five game homestand which concludes Sunday against the Dallas Stars. Here are some BLUENOTES from their impressive win over Phoenix:
*Alex Steen notched his team-leading 12th goal of the season. That tally made it 4-0, which ended up being the game-winner as the Blues held on for the 4-3 victory. Steen has easily been the team’s best forward this season.
*Jay McClement was a force in the faceoff circle. McClement won 13 of 19 draws against the third best faceoff team in the league. His dominance was instrumental in the Blues gaining much-needed puck possession.
*Jaroslav Halak. His casual style in goal makes you wonder sometimes, but the bottom line is he continues to get the job done. Halak stopped 30 shots and and increased his shutout streak to 123:09 before finally allowing a goal to Shane Doan. Again, thank you Montreal.
*Roman Polak: Did anybody realize his true value and importance to this team? It is no coincidence since Polak’s return from injury, the Blues defense has been much better. Polak had 21:35 of ice team against Phoenix which was second among Blues defensemen. He also blocked two shots and led all Blues d-men with 3:42 of ice time while the team was shorthanded.
It is now just a matter of time before T.J. Oshie returns. If Andy McDonald and David Perron can find their way back from concussion-related problems, the Blues should continue to be a team that will put a scare into the West.
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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.