The St. Louis Blues are currently in a fight for their playoff lives, sitting three points outside of the top eight in the Western Conference. Looking to make some progress in the standings, the Blues took a 1-0 lead through the first period, but wilted in the second frame, being out shot 15-5 and letting four goals in. All it took for the Red Wings was 46 seconds and a one-goal deficit quickly turned into a two-goal lead:
As St. Louis Game Time points out, despite the loss, today's game against Minnesota could quickly erase the blur of those four second-period goals by Detroit:
Bottom line for the Blues is that, as we said before the four game home stand started, they have to win three of the four. Win tomorrow and nothing has changed. If they let this loss, which basically boiled down to a 46-second, three goals against meltdown at the start of the second period, get in their heads then the season is lost.
Detroit would add two more en route to a 5-2 victory putting them tied with the Boston Bruins for a league-best 99 points
(If you're wondering, the NHL record for fastest three goals in a game is 20 seconds by the Boston Bruins in 1971.)
I asked the other day who might fill out the final spots in the Eastern Conference, but what about the West? Seven teams are within five points of each other at the moment with a little more than a dozen games left for each team.