When it comes to winning percentage after scoring first, the St. Louis Blues are among the best teams in the National Hockey League. On Thursday, against the Philadelphia Flyers, they were less than 11 minutes away from improving on that statistic.
Then it all fell apart.
The Blues surrendered three goals in the final 10:13 of regulation, losing to the Flyers by a final score of 3-1. Philadelphia got goals from Michael Del Zotto and Wayne Simmonds less than two minutes apart, taking the lead from St. Louis.
Blues captain David Backes offered a critical assessment of his team’s play in the final period, which cost them two points.
“It almost looked like we thought they were just going to stop playing and give us the last 20 minutes off,” said Backes, as per Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The Flyers now move to within four points of the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.