Blog: Blues turn away Canes, 4-2
Posted November 16, 2013
Final: Blues 4, Canes 2: The Blues added an empty net goal late as they improved on their best ever franchise start.
13:40 3rd: Blues 3, Canes 2: Alex Steen, the NHL leader in goals, tallied his 17th on the year as he beat Justin Peters from the right slot and the Blues are back in front, 3-2.
End of 2: Canes 2, Blues 2
3:26 2nd: Canes 2, Blues 2: Nathan Gerbe tallies short-handed and the Canes have drawn even with the Blues on two goals on the same penalty kill.
4:12 2nd: Blues 2, Canes 1: Eric Staal got the Canes on the board with a short-handed breakaway goal and it is a 2-1 game.
It was the first short-handed goal for the Canes all year.
8:24 2nd: Blues 2, Canes 0: David Backes added another goal for the Blues just about two minutes after they broke a scoreless tie and the Canes find themselves in a two-goal hole in the second.
10:35 2nd: Blues 1, Canes 0: Roman Polack scored as he crept in from the slot on a change and the Blues are on the board first on the Canes.
End of 1: Blues 0, Canes 0: The Hurricanes and Blues are scoreless after one period of play.
Pregame: After a slow start replacing injured goaltender Cam Ward, Justin Peters is coming off a near-perfect homestand that included wins over two of the better teams in the NHL.
Things don't slow down for Peters or the Carolina Hurricanes as they go up against the hosting St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.
Peters lost his first five decisions of the season as Ward went down with a lower-body injury back on Oct. 24. However, he has since settled in and went 4-0-1 on Carolina's longest homestand of the season, posting a 1.16 goals against average while stopping 138 of 144 shots.
The Hurricanes saw all five games of their five-game residency decided by a single goal and that includes back-to-back wins over Colorado and Anaheim. The 'Canes got past the Ducks 3-2 last night in a shootout.
Chris Terry scored in the final round of the tiebreaker to secure the win for Carolina, while Drayson Bowman and Eric Staal scored in regulation. Peters ended with 28 saves.
"I'm just really proud of the effort of the guys. We've had a couple of injuries and guys have jumped in different spots, starting with Peters in net. He's had a great week, great homestand here. The nice thing is it's been a complete effort," said Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller.
Peters has never before faced the Blues and he and the Hurricanes defense will need to slow down St. Louis' top line of Alexander Steen, David Backes and T.J. Oshie, who combined for nine points in Thursday's 7-3 rout of the Colorado Avalanche. Steen scored his NHL-leading 15th and 16th goals of the season, Backes had a goal and two helpers, while Oshie posted a career-high four assists.
Derek Roy also had a goal and two assists and Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves as the Blues improved to 4-0-1 in their past five games and 7-1-1 in the last nine. They went 3-for-4 on the power play versus the Avs.
"We really dialed up our checking," said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock. "Our checking caused them to take penalties, checking created turnovers. When we dialed up our checking, (it) really had an impact in the game."
Steen's two-goal night pushed his point streak to 12 games, the longest by a Blues player since Keith Tkachuk's 12-game run in 2002-03. Steen has 11 goals and four assists over his streak.
St. Louis will hit the road on Sunday to visit the Washington Capitals, so both Halak and Brian Elliott are set to see action over the next two games. Elliott is expected to start this contest and is 5-4-0 with a 2.50 GAA in 10 games (8 starts).
Though the Hurricanes have won six of the previous nine meetings overall, the Blues are 13-3-1 with a tie in the previous 18 encounters in St. Louis.