Blues Prevail in Shootout Against Flyers
On March 22, the Flyers hosted the St. Louis Blues as the Wells Fargo Center and they took complete control of the game, winning 4-1. On April 1, Philadelphia took a road trip to the Gateway City for a showdown against the Blues. Going into this contest, the Blues were the best team in the Western Conference with 107 points while the Flyers owned the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference with 86 points.
Tuesday night’s game at the Scottrade Center featured a duel between the defenses and the goalies. St. Louis goaltender, Ryan Miller, made 31 saves while Ray Emery stopped 28 shots. Through three periods, the Blues and the Flyers were pretty even on the stat sheet in shots. However, neither team could put the puck into the net during regulation as the game was sent into overtime.
Sudden death featured the same story as both teams failed to come up with the winning goal. The outcome of the game hinged on a shootout. St. Louis went first and elected to go with T.J. Oshie as their first shooter. Oshie responded by scoring to give the Blues the lead. Vincent Lecavalier attempted to tie the score, but his shot was stopped by Miller. After the next two shots by each side went astray, Kevin Shattenkirk put the nail in the Philadelphia coffin with the winning goal as St. Louis claimed a 1-0 victory.
Although Philadelphia dropped their second game in a row, they still managed to earn their fourth point in three games. Currently, they still hold the sixth seed in the East above Detroit and Columbus. With 109 points, St. Louis now has the second highest single season point total in franchise history.