The 5 game losing streak is finally over. The sky is not falling afterall. The Blues were shaky to start out, but settled in and shut the Red Wings down for a 4-3 OT win to finally build on something positive. Alex Steen scored the game winner just 52 seconds into the free hockey frame after Barret Jackman led a charge in along the boards.
Patrik Berglund played an impressive game forcing a couple turnovers, picking up a shorthanded goal and going +3. Chris Stewart also had an impressive breakaway goal to put the Blues up 3-2 in the second. The big boys on the team definitely appeared to step it up as the game went along, and the overall play of the team improved. It was obvious, they gained confidence in Allen and they got back to their basics.
The best example of the Blues play was that Detroit was held without a shot in the third period until there was just 1:40 left to play. They combined to have 2 whole shots in the 3rd period and overtime combined. Pietrangelo played a strong game as well to anchor an improved effort from the Blues defense.
Jake Allen was the 12th visiting goalie to make his first start in Detroit, and just the 3rd all time to get a win. After his play tonight, I would definitely say Allen has earned the right to get the start in the Blues next game Friday night in Cal-Gary.