For the first time in nearly a month, the Blues skated to center ice after a home game and waved their sticks to the crowd in custom celebratory fashion.
David Perron’s goal with 10 minutes, 9 seconds left was the difference in a 2-1 win over Columbus, ending the Blues’ five-game losing streak at home.
“I think the whole win was a relief,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I don’t think we have played with the confidence in the last little while at home that we do on the road. We knew it was going to be hard to get off the snide here, and a win is a win.”
The Blues played a game worthy of a victory, but it didn’t come easy. In the closing minutes, defenseman Barret Jackman was whistled for a boarding penalty. It was a call Hitchcock disagreed with, putting Columbus on the power play for the final 1 minute, 43 seconds of the game.
Sitting on the ice during a frenzied penalty killing situation, Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak had do his best Willie McGee imitation with 29 seconds to go. After a shot by Columbus’ Fedor Tyutin was blocked, Halak had to reach back to glove a pop fly headed for the net. He didn’t catch the puck, got a piece of it.
”It came out (of the glove), but lucky for us ... our guys got it out” of the goal crease, said Halak, who made 19 saves for his first victory since Jan. 26. “We just killed it, and it was great.”
Blues get back on track at home
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Feb 24