(photo: Jasen Vinlove-USA Today Sports)
An overtime loss to the Dallas Stars snapped St. Louis’ five game winning streak. The Stars traveled to St. Louis just a day after Rich Peverley’s cardiac incident, which postponed the Stars game against the Columbus Blue Jackets to a future date to be determined.
Ryan Miller was back in net for the Blues, after a one game break, stopping 27 of 30 shots. While Tim Thomas was in net for Dallas stopping 28 of 30. Both goaltenders appear to be making themselves at home between the pipes after their respective trade deadline deals sent them packing to a new zip code.
The Blues took an early lead in the first period when Alex Pietrangelo scored at 13:01 into the frame. The Stars would answer before the first period expired to tie the game up at one on a power play goal by Colton Sceviour. The tie could not be broken during the second period which led to an even more physical third period as emotions began to rise for both teams.
The Stars took over the lead at 2:19 into the third period when Antoine Roussel’s wrist shot trickled by Miller. Roman Polak would answer with a huge slap shot from the point that Thomas had no chance of stopping. At which point overtime became necessary to decide the game.
The Blues were unable to hold off the Stars in overtime when Jamie Benn beat goaltender Ryan Miller to win the game. The Stars were playing this game for Peverley and their emotions carried them through the physical third period and the tense overtime. The Blues still hold their spot on the top of the Western Conference, leading Anaheim by two points. The Blues are now firmly entrenched in the race for the President’s Cup, which is the trophy that is awarded to the team with the most points in the regular season.
The Blues look to continue their hunt for first place when they take on the Oilers, Thursday March 13th, at 7:00PM (CST).