They only had two shots in the first period and took way too many dumb penalties again. Though they left it way too late in the contest, they still found a way to summon a little spark and push right until the end.
The Blues were not done any favors by the schedule makers. Clearly you have to get these games played and much depends on building availability.
Still, you could tell the Blues were gassed. It was their fifth game in nine days and after getting bruised by Boston, the Blues did not have the legs to keep up with the Capitals for a full 60 minutes.
As fans, we want that top effort game in and out. Reality is the body just won’t do what the mind wants some nights. This seemed to be one of those nights.
For whatever reason, the game was taken over by the Russians though and that made for an interesting side note. Of the seven goals scored in total, six were scored by Russian born players.
There was just no stopping #8 on this night. To borrow a phrase made famous by Pedro Martinez, all the Blues can do is tip their cap to Ovechkin and call him their daddy. The guy has hat tricks in the last two games played against St. Louis after all.
At that rate, if the Blues and Caps were in the same division, Ovechkin might give Gretzky’s record a run for its money.
St. Louis is going to be disappointed coming home and the turkey might not taste as good. The Blues still have plenty to improve on.
The penalties they are taking are just mind boggling sometimes. This team just can’t keep taking the kinds of penalties they are.
We keep saying that and they keep doing it though. Might be best to get used to it.
The Blues still hung in there and if they could have done something about any one of those goals, maybe the Blues get a point. You can’t be too mad at a team getting beat by one of the best in the league though.
They need to just enjoy their Thanksgiving holiday, load up on some good food and move on. Come into Saturday’s game with a fresh mind and start a new streak.
Maybe guard the opponent’s best player a little tighter too. Just a thought.