Finally. With the excellent season that the Blues’ve had this year, they haven’t won five games in a row… until tonight. The 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets swept the home-and-home, but also helped the Blues win five in a row and Jaroslav Halak win eight in a row. He faced 34 shots on goal, and made 33 saves, some of which accounted to highway robbery.
The Blues pulled ahead of the jackets on this shot by David Perron that was from an extremely sharp angle. Somehow it went under the glove and over the pad of Curtis Sanford, and stands as the game winning goal:
The rest of the period was a bit of a Blue Jackets firing squad — they outshot St. Louis 12-8 in the last period — but Jaroslav Halak came up with a couple outstanding saves, this one being the best by far with a hand from Alex Pietrangelo:
The Blues, with this five game winning streak (and 45 straight penalties killed streak as well) pulled ahead of the Detroit Red Wings for the Central Division Lead — they’re up by six as of now. They’re ahead of the Vancouver Canucks by five, and the New York Rangers by six as well.
Next game is Tuesday night in Chicago as the biggest rivalry in the Central Division meets up again.