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Blues at Ducks Preview: All eyes on Kyrou

He’s having a Steen-like start to to the year.

St. Louis Blues v Anaheim Ducks Photo by Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images

The Blues were there and ready to go last night in Anaheim. The Ducks, however, forgot to set their alarms. After the first two minutes and six seconds, Jordan Kyrou had two goals, Zach Sanford one, and Brayden Schenn had two assists. It was the fastest start to a game in Blues history, and the fifth fastest three goals in NHL history.

By the time the dust settled, the Blues finished with six goals - David Perron, Kyle Clifford, and Vince Dunn added their own tallies. Clifford also participated in a tussle with Ryan Getzlaf three and a half minutes into the first. If Getzlaf was trying to light a fire under his team, it very, very clearly failed.

Coach Craig Berube was very contrite about the victory:

“We always want to get off to a good start. A couple bounces went our way, and we capitalized on them.”

That’s an understatement, but if a couple of bounces could go their way again like that again tonight, that would be a good thing. Getzlaf was also direct in his assessment of the Ducks performance, saying that they “laid an egg.” The Ducks should be motivated to not do the same again tonight, which means that the Blues will need to continue to keep their foot on the gas. They’ve had issues in the second game of series, going 0-2-1 in them, but after an emphatic win like last night’s, I don’t think that it’s unreasonable for Blues fans to expect, at the very least, a solid performance again tonight.

If Ville Husso is called on to make a start, he deserves support from the rest of the team after being hung out to dry once in relief against Colorado, and again against the Kings on January 24th. The Blues can close out January by giving their backup some love.