The Jackets were officially eliminated from the playoffs on Thursday night in Washington, and St. Louis was eliminated this week as well. But, over the past few years, when these two teams have gotten together, the records and standings have taken a back seat. Bottom line: these two clubs just don’t like each other. And, that dislike usually finds a way to manifest itself in the play on the ice.
We didn’t see the physical play for most of the first half of this game, but we did see some shaky defensive zone play, some unfortunate bounces, and some flat out ugly play from the Jackets en route to a disappointing loss at home to the Blues. Oh, and once the scoreboard started to tilt, both teams decided to get plenty of shots in on each other.