It’s becoming a bittersweet theme of the first week-and-change of the St. Louis Blues’ season: win a game, show some resiliency and lose a player to injury.
In this case, the Blues gutted out a 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks, which is obviously the good news.
Cue the ominous music, though: Paul Stastny suffered some sort of lower-body injury by blocking a shot. He tried to return to the contest, but it didn’t work out. At best, more information will be available on Saturday, as there was no update tonight.
That’s no good, especially with the bumps and bruises really piling up so early in the season. Still, the Blues are finding ways to win, even with a road-heavy schedule (their last four games were on the road, with three straight wins).
St. Louis wraps up with two more road games before getting a chance to lap up standings points at home.
For a team seemingly at a crossroads – they’re clearly deep into “put up or shut up” mode – they at least impressed their demanding head coach tonight.
The challenges might not dry up for a while.