Blues 3, Flames 2 – A Shutout WIN
The Blues are not dead, their current standings aside, they are still a good time. There is young fresh talent that just played and beat the number one team in the Northwest division with 66 points to our lowly 32 points.
The kicker is that, the team played their hearts out, rookies and veterans, but it was the rookies that one the game: Jay McClement, Dennis Wideman and the game winner in the overtime shootout, Lee Stempniak.
These “kids” have been called up from Peoria several times and have stepped up and played well. Each of these young players, all of them are only 22 years-old played and beat Miikka Kiprusoff, one of the best goalies in the league this year who ranks #1 with 27 wins and is 1st with 6 shutouts.
I just want to thank them and the rest of the team for a good and well played game. It has been a rough season, but as a 3rd year fan and season ticket holder I have not given up on the Blues and they have not given up on the game either.
One of the no-name players the St. Louis Blues called up to replace the top two scorers they traded helped them get over another depressing day for the franchise.
Rookie Lee Stempniak, summoned from Peoria of the AHL on Sunday, scored the tying goal and then got the winner in the fifth round of a shootout for a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Monday night.
“Everyone wants to be a clutch player and I was happy to be out there, but I was a little bit nervous,” Stempniak said. “I’d been 0-for-the-shootout so far in Peoria and I was just happy it went in.”
Stempniak scored the tying goal in the second period for the Blues, who won for only the second time in 13 games. St. Louis had been 1-5 in shootouts, three of the losses coming in the previous four games.
The depleted Blues won the shootout 3-2 against the Northwest Division-leading Flames just a few hours they shipped leading scorer Doug Weight to Carolina for a first-round pick and prospects. It was the second trade in 24 hours for the Blues, who traded No. 2 scorer Mike Sillinger to Nashville on Sunday.