Out Of Gas . . .
Remember that purring car I wrote about last night? Well, it ran out of gas tonight in a 5 – 2 loss to St. Louis. Zero even strength goals by the Blues. We were a step slow all night, and the Blues came out with high intensity (and a substantial number of cheap shots). That led to 10 Blues power plays, and they cashed in on 4 of them. Add a shorthanded goal, and voila — 5 goals on special teams.
We were clearly fatigued, and were sloppy with the puck, particularly in our own zone. St. Louis moved the puck quickly on the power play, and we couldn’t keep up. Legs were dead.
Here are the simple +/- for the night:
– Discipline — The one thing we could not do tonight was spend much time on the box. The one thing St. Louis has done well all year is the power play, and we handed it to them on a silver platter.
–Puck Control — Our fatigue showed up in sloppiness, bad decisions and missed connections. As sharp as we were last night, we were bad tonight.
- Special Teams — We scored one goal just as penalty expired, and gave up one just as PP started, so not quite as bad as numbers, but we needed to be on top of our game, and we weren’t.
+ Individual Efforts — Despite taking a few penalties, Commodore was a huge presence. Dorset played solid, for the most part. Peca was active, but missed some golden opportunities.
Disappointing, but the stars were aligned for this kind of thing. Unlike some prior games this year, we had the desire, but just had nothing left in the tank. No point in recriminations. We are still 3 – 1 on the trip, get a couple of days of rest, and will come out strong against Detroit on Tuesday night.