I attended my first St. Louis Blues playoff game on Friday night at the Enterprise Center. As the title implies, it didn’t go as planned, but there’s still a slight chance. The Blues lost 5-1 to the Avalanche in Game 3. Colorado currently has a commanding 3-0 lead over St. Louis.
For the Avalanche, Ryan Graves had a goal and two assists. Alex Newhook scored his first NHL goal. Tyson Jost, Brandon Saad, and J.T. Compher scored the other three goals. Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer made 31 saves for the victory.
For the Blues, Tyler Bozak scored a short-handed goal for the team’s lone goal. Bozak was named the second star of the game. Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington made 21 saves in a losing effort.
"I was on a team in Philadelphia when we were down 3-0 to Boston and we came back and beat them in the series. It can be done."— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) May 22, 2021
Ryan O'Reilly, Tyler Bozak and Craig Berube comment on a loss in Game 3. #stlblues pic.twitter.com/oALfkhCra2
The Blues and Avalanche meet again in Game 4 on Sunday at 4 pm CT. The Avalanche on are the verge of a sweep, but let’s not forget that the Blues can still beat them. The Blues’ officiating has been dreadful, but that’s not the only reason why they’ve lost three consecutive games. They haven’t been playing their best hockey as of late. Their players haven’t scored more than two points in three games thus far.
Despite all the negativity surrounding the Blues, right now is not the time to give up on them just yet. This is a best-of-seven series for a reason. It’s not over until it’s over.
I’ve noticed that a good amount of Blues fans left their seats after the first and second periods in Game 3. I hope the same thing doesn’t take place in Game 4. There are fairweather fans in every sport, but it’s not a good look for yourself, and it’s disrespectful to the team.
It’s unlikely the Blues will mount a comeback and win the series in seven games. The Avalanche is the better team. But anything could happen.
Colorado won the President’s Trophy and the Stanley Cup in 2001. However, only eight teams, including Colorado, have won both.
St. Louis is currently down 3-0, just like 190 teams who have trailed a playoff series 3-0 in history. Only four of those teams came back to win their playoff series. Those four teams include the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders, the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, and the 2014 Los Angeles Kings.
Blues coach Craig Berube was on the 2010 Flyers team that came back to beat the Boston Bruins. The Flyers advanced to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, but lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games.
If Berube did it once, he can do it again.