Joel Edmundson's no celebration celebration.... AWESOME!!!!
You're tired! I gave up a whole night's sleep. Good that I work at home! It was worth it. Let's have an easier win in Game 2!
Pretty sure I got that right. Edmundson scores game-winning goal. And just stands there not celebrating
until his team mobs him. A "no celebration" celebration.
A far cry from the dickish Kane finger-pointing crap.
He was still in shock. He couldn't believe that the puck would just be lying there waiting for him to pop it into the open net. Lucky for The Blues that HE was the LD, and not Gunnar (who wouldn't have moved up that far - instead would have been laying back to make sure a counterattack could be covered).
The Blues' defence and forwards will need to take a note from Reaves and Line 4, and play aggressive in The O-Zone if they want to score enough to win this series. They'll have to hope Allen can bail them out on all The Wild's breakaways and odd-man rushes.
Stastny and Bortuzzo need to get back as quickly as possible. Schmaltz isn't ready to play under playoff pressure with any level of poise and calmness. Bortuzzo needs to be in. Schmaltz gave up the puck and failed to complete passes way too much under the forecheck pressure. He only played 9 minutes in essentially 4 periods. The Blues' defence will tire very early with only 5 playing.
The 52 to 26 Reg. shots came from lack of poise vs. the forecheck, but also from only winning 1/3 of the faceoffs. Having both Stastny and Sobotka to take most key faceoffs, will help with that. And Stastny can play with Schwartz and Tarasenko, and Barbashev can move back to Line 3, so they can be at least a moderate offensive threat again. Stastny will help the power play, by having him win faceoffs, and be a key feeder, allowing some of the other forwards to move more, drawing the defence from side to side, to create shooting lanes. That will knock Sobotka down to The #2 Unit, providing better (more accurate and faster) passing, because of better and faster decision-making, and a better shooter, as well.