A goofy goal to start the game, and then a nice goal by Cleary in front....all in the first couple minutes of the game. Detroit came out on fire.
But the Blues did good to weather the storm. They gave up a lot of shots early, and they were able to bend without breaking, so to speak.
Detroit is a very good team. They are going to get pressure like that on just about every team they play, every night...that's just the way it is. You just have to be able to survive without giving up the "great chances", keep them to the outside, clog up the slot, and wait for the storm to pass. That's exactly what the Blues did. Detroit had a ton of pressure, and a lot of shots early, but they really didn't have a lot of glorious chances. Their best scoring chances saw them shooting wide most of the night.
Detroit definitely owned the first period, but the Blues were only down 2-1. Then St. Louis came back to tie the game in the 2nd...then fall behind 3-2 on a very nice goal by Kronwall. But that's all the Wings had left. The Blues took over for the rest of the game, scoring two more goals in the 2nd to lead going into the 3rd, 4-3...and then scoring one more in the 3rd period.
The Blues have played extremely well in the 3rd period with the lead in both games so far against a world class team (with poor goaltending). They deserve major credit for that.
And speaking of goaltending, Detroit may have the worst goaltending in the league again, maybe even worse than last year...and after losing 80+ goals from the lineup they aren't going anywhere with their goaltending...unless Howard is a diamond in the rough...and he didn't show us anything today.
I am quite happy with our goaltending...and I am happy we have Conklin backing up Mason. The Wings were foolish to let him go.
The 2009-2010 St. Louis Blues are extremely fun team to watch. This is shaping up to be a fun season.