Tomorrow night in Columbus should be fun. As this period wore on, more cheap shots were given, more scrums were started, and the more upset Ryan Reaves got. Ryan Johansen shouldered Andy McDonald in the head to knock him flat down, causing a massive scrum that wound up with added penalties for the Blues that was a pretty good exclamation point on the third period and this game in general.
Adding more fuel to the fire was one more goal that looked to have gone in off of the stick of Patrik Berglund, but was deflected by Alex Pietrangelo:
The Blues had the shot edge in the 3rd nine to seven, and led overall SOG 25 to 20. What the game lacked in shooting excitement it more than made up with physical play.
Tonight’s fairly easy win tied a franchise record with 29 home wins. To put that in perspective, the Columbus Blue Jackets have 22 wins total, and now the Blues have 44 wins and 95 points on the season. Detroit lost to the Nashville Predators tonight 3-2, so the Blues lead on Detroit for the division (and for now conference) lead is up to four points. They’re also three points up on the Vancouver Canucks (for now) and four points up on the New York Rangers for the lead spot in the NHL.