Nothing is ever easy with the St. Louis Blues. They haven’t played at full capacity yet this series; every game has seen stretches of flat play where they’ve had problems creating momentum. Four out of the five games so far, however, have seen stretches of quality play that gets the Jets on their heels. When the Blues turn on the effort, it’s easy to visualize the second round.
That explains why most fans on Thursday night weren’t seeing the second round until the last half of the third period. The Blues tying it at two was a pleasant surprise. The Blues winning it like this with fifteen seconds left?
Unbelievable - I don’t care if you tell me to believe it or not.
Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn, who was recently demoted to the second line, snapped their dry spell and the Blues get a chance tonight to send the Jets to the golf course. No series in NHL history has had the road team win the first six games before, and the Blues will have a hell of a crowd to work with. Taking the Jets out of the game with consistent play - think the first period of game four, but for three periods - will go a long way towards stopping the weird momentum swings that we’ve seen within one game, nearly every game.
Tomorrow morning, the Jets could be on their way to clean out their lockers, or the Blues could be heading up to Winnipeg for game seven. I think we’d all prefer the first of those two options.