Alex Steen scored his first goal of the season, the eventual game winner, but dirtbag Jordin Tootoo is instead the big story of the game.
The big win should be the story. The fact that the Blues are now 5-1-2 and they're looking strong in every game. Jaroslav Halak put up yet another shutout and is continuing to look like the possible franchise player management thought/hoped they were acquiring this summer. Patrik Berglund played well again and scored the big back-breaker goal. Any of these topics could be the big takeaway story from tonight's game.
Instead it will be Jordin Tootoo with yet another borderline hit leveled on a guy as he tried to draw a penalty to get his team an advantage, who will be the big story. Tootoo, who always plays the game right on the edge, took a shot at Carlo Colaiacovo that looks like the exact example of the new NHL rule regarding hits to the head, injuring Colaiacovo in the process. He was immediately assessed a five minute major for charging and given a game misconduct. On the ensuing power play, the Blues put the nail in the coffin with Matt D'Agostini's fourth goal of the year.
So much for a momentum-changer, Tootoo.
The rule that Tootoo violated is new for this season:
Rule 48.1: Illegal Check to the Head. A lateral or blind side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principle point of contact is not permitted. A major penalty and automatic game misconduct will be given. Any player with two of these will be suspended one game.
Here's the video: The Blues announcers and Blues fans will clearly say it was dirty (so did the refs), but Nashville fans will say that he didn't leave his feet, it was shoulder to, um, not-head and that it wasn't dirty. Make your own decision...
Hopefully Colaiacovo, who left the game, won't miss any time.
The Blues are now in third place in the division with three games in hand on Chicago and one on Nashville, both of whom have 13 points to the Blues 12. That road trip that was once described as a three-game losing streak is now being called a streak where the Blues earned points in two of three games. Positivity is flowing like a river in Blues Country.
What will you be talking about tomorrow; how well the Blues are playing, or what a bag of garbage Tootoo is?