The St. Louis Blues concluded their brief two-game home stint with a home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Enterprise Center Tuesday night. The Blues won 4-3 in a shootout.
For these two teams, it was the first game of a two-way series. Next, the Lightning will host the Blues on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Central.
Here are my three takeaways from the Blues’ home game against the Lightning.
The Logan Brown Show.
New Blues center Logan Brown made his St. Louis debut on Tuesday. Logan was recalled from the AHL Springfield Thunderbirds on Sunday.
Logan is from Saint-Louis. Logan’s father, Jeff, is a former NHL defenseman who played for the Quebec Nordiques, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Hartford Whalers /Carolina hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Washington Capitals. Jeff led the Blues defense, scoring for four consecutive seasons from 1989 to 1993.
Logan scored his first goal of the young season at 6:13 of the second period. Logan’s goal was assisted by Oskar Sundqvist (3) and Justin Faulk (6). Jeff, who was present, looked so happy when his son scored the goal.
Ryan O’Reilly is the Blues captain for a reason.
Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly endured a two-game scoreless drought, but he rebounded well with a pass against the Columbus blue jackets Saturday and a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
In addition to his ability to compete with consistency, O’Reilly is a pillar of the Blues’ training. He’s dedicated to the game and I’m pretty sure he’s just as dedicated to his teammates, family and friends. You can see his passion for the game because it’s still around.
Ivan Barbashev’s point streak continues.
Blues center Ivan Barbashev has been with the squad since 2018-19, but 2021-22 could prove to be his biggest year yet. We will see!
On Tuesday, Barbashev scored his eighth power-play goal of the season at 1:11 of the third period. Barbashev’s eighth goal was assisted by Scott Perunovich (3) and Pavel Buchnevich (8).
Barbashev has been on a roll when it comes to his current point streak. He has accumulated 13 points (seven goals and six assists) in 21 games so far. He seems to have found his rhythm alongside Brandon Saad and Oskar Sundqvist in the third row. His offensive play is strong, if not stronger.