The St. Louis Blues returned home for their home opener at the Enterprise Center on Saturday night. The Los Angeles Kings got on the board first, but the Blues pretty much seized control of the game. The Blues won by a final of 7-3.
Blues winger David Perron stole the show with a hat trick. Perron scored three goals — a game-tying, power-play goal at 14:36 of the first period, a go-ahead goal at 0:45 of the second period, and an insurance, power-play goal at 11:40 of the third period. As of right now, Perron has six career hat tricks.
Perron is one of my favorite Blues players, and for a good reason. He’s a good, if not great, winger. I’m well-aware some fans doubt, underestimate, or overlook Perron, but I believe he’s like a fine wine who gets better with age. It’s very early in the season, but as of October 23rd, he has three points (two goals, one assist) in three games so far.
The Blues’ offense has been on fire. Aside from Perron, Jake Neighbours scored his first career NHL goal, which was a good start for the rookie left winger. Neighbors is currently on a nine-game trial in St. Louis.
When asked about his first career NHL goal, Neighbors responded: “I didn’t really have a picture in my head of what it was going to look like. I just jumped off the bench, came into the slot there and he put it on my tape.”
The Blues host the Kings again on Monday, October 25 at 7:00 pm Central.