The postgame question for Blues coach Ken Hitchcock had yet to be completed — "What did you think of David Perron?" — and Hitchcock was already nodding in approval.

"Oh, he's going to really help us, holy smokes," Hitchcock said. "He's really a good player. He's going to really help this team. About four more (players) like him and we'll be fine."

After missing 13 months with a concussion, Perron played 19 minutes, 5 seconds in his first game since November 2010 and scored the Blues' first goal on his third shift. But on a night when the club gave up two power-play goals and a short-handed tally, it wasn't enough in a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

"We'd like to have more," Perron said. "I wish we would have won that game, it would have made it better, but that's what happens and we move forward."