The St. Louis Blues had a hot start and a poor finish in their season opener in Colorado. While they still wanted the same end result, it seemed as though they wanted to reverse how they obtained it.
The first period for the Blues against the Arizona Coyotes was pretty poor. St. Louis played well for brief spurts, but as an overall 20 minutes, it was not good.
The Blues allowed way too many shots against from a bad team. We can talk all about the Coyotes record against St. Louis and how no team in the NHL is a pushover, but the Coyotes pretty much gave up on the season during the 2021 offseason. They still have some stars, but they’re going to be years away from contention.
Nevertheless, they had some typical success against the Blues. In fact, the Coyotes grabbed the lead to open things.
The Blues took a silly delay of game penalty. Sure, it happens, but it seems to happen to the Blues too much.
St. Louisan Clayton Keller continued his ownership of his hometown team, scoring on the ensuing powerplay. Thankfully, the lead did not last too long.
A few shifts after the first goal, Brayden Schenn forced a turnover. This led to a two-on-one and Jordan Kyrou set up Pavel Buchnevich for his first goal of the season.
Sadly, the good feelings for Buchnevich didn’t last too long. In the last two minutes…