Jake Allen finally got his first win at home tonight, and it wasn't necessarily a tough one, either. Perhaps it would have been against a team who had momentum, but the San Jose Sharks don't have anything close to that. Tonight was the Sharks' third loss in a row, even though the other two were overtime losses. But you know what? Quibbling with a win is idiotic. Let's just see how it happened.
Chris Stewart started the scoring in the first period, netting his 10th goal of the season with assists from David Backes and Alex Pietrangelo.
Stewart's perfectly placed wrist shot puts him second on the team in goals.
All in all, the first period just felt good. Despite the fact that they were out-shot and out-dueled in the face off circle, the Blues controlled the momentum. They had it for a little bit in the second, too, when a pass from Patrik Berglund went in off of David Perron's skate. Goal or no goal? Kicking motion or no kicking motion?
Good goal, thank God. Just a little over a minute later, a Brent Burns slapshot trickled through the pads of Jake Allen, putting the Sharks within one. Such a goal could go one of two ways: shrug it off or implode. The Blues chose option A, and Chris Porter helped with his eventual game-winner with just six seconds left to go in the period.
After that goal, the Blues were basically out of gas. They were tired through the third period; they finished the game with just four shots on net for a total of 21. The Sharks nearly doubled them up on shots on goal with 41, which just goes to show how outstanding Jake Allen was tonight. His only other goal allowed was one that knicked in off of his glove while the Blues were killing off a five-on-three with Scott Nichol and Barret Jackman in the box.
Chris Stewart's second goal on the night was an empty-netter from the red line with a little over a minute left. The Blues started their homestand with a win, but it's obvious that they need a night off. They might be a little depleted on Thursday night, though:
#stlblues announce Oshie has upper-body injury, will not return.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) March 13, 2013
Of course. Alex Steen looks to be coming back soon, and another top player goes down. Raise your hand if you're shocked.
Hey, you can't complain much though about a win -- keep your fingers crossed that Oshie's good to go for Thursday and the team's finally a little rested up.