Ladies and gentlemen,
I don't know about you but Sunday night in Phoenix represented a frantic, outstanding 20 minutes of hockey.
The Blues scored four unanswered goals in the third period, including two for Patrik Berglund, who carried over his Team Sweden success at the Sochi games to Sunday's third period.
During the second intermission, the Blues had gone 180 plus minutes without scoring a goal. They were clearly pressing and Blues captain David Backes was severely pissed off.
His interview with Darren Pang was the hockey equivalent of an angry Andre The Giant with Mean Gene Okerlund.
From there, something clicked and the team played like determined champions.
Not a bad debut for the Ryan Miller era.
MILLER TIME = A GOOD TIME
For me, Sunday's game was the most excited I've been for a Blues game in March since Wayne Gretzky came to town. Regardless what happens with the Blues going forward, at least fans know that Doug Armstrong and company are serious about winning.
St. Louis hasn't had a goalie like Ryan Miller since Curtis Joseph, ironic since Miller was a Cujo fan and supporter of Joseph while in St. Louis.
Sure, Grant Fuhr was good, but he was in the twilight stage of his career.
With Jaroslav Halak, the Blues got the goaltending equivalent of Jamie Garcia. At time he was lights out, while other times you were waiting for the other shoe to drop.
And other times, you wondered why he wasn't mentally right.
Here is the list of St. Louis Blues goalies since the beginning of the Cujo era in 1990, with record in parentheses.
1990-1995 - Curtis Joseph (137-96-34)
1990-1996 - Pat Jablonski (5-12-3)
1992-1993 - Guy Hebert (13-13-3)
1994 - Jim Hrivnak - (4-10-0)
1995 - Geoff Sarjeant (1-0-0)
1995-1997 - Jon Casey (12-16-4)
1996 - Bruce Racine (0-3-0)
1996-1999 - Grant Fuhr (108-87-41)
1998-1999 - Rich Parent (4-3-1)
1998-2000 - Jamie McLennan (38-27-8)
1999 - Jim Carey (1-2-0)
1999-2004 - Brent Johnson (76-47-12)
2000-2001 - Roman Turek (66-33-19)
2002-2006 - Rinehard Divis (6-9-3)
2002-2003 - Fred Brathwaite (21-20-8)
2003-2004 - Chris Osgood (35-28-10)
2003-2007 - Curtis Sanford (26-26-10)
2003 - Cody Rudkowsky (1-0-0)
2003 - Tom Barrasso - (1-4-0)
2006 - Patrick Lalime (4-18-8)
2006-2007 - Jason Bacashihua (7-17-4)
2007-2009 - Manny Legace (63-49-15)
2007-2009 - Marek Schwarz (0-2-0)
2008 - Hannu Toivonen (6-10-5)
2008 - Chris Beckford-Tseu (0-0-0)
2009 - Chris Holt (0-0-0)
2009-2010 - Chris Mason (57-43-15)
2009-2011 - Ben Bishop (4-5-1)
2010-2011 - Ty Conklin (18-18-6)
2011-2014 - Jaroslav Halak (83-47-19)
2012-2014 - Brian Elliott (52-23-7)
2013-2014 - Jake Allen (9-4-0)
AS YOU CAN SEE …
The three goalies with the most wins in Blues history since the start of the Cujo era are as follows:
1. Curtis Joseph (137)
2. Grant Fuhr (108)
3. Jaro Halak (83)
AS YOU CAN ALSO SEE …
Ryan Miller (1-0-0) is tied for No. 1 all time in Blues win percentage with Geoff Sarjeant and Cody Rudkowski.
It's Miller Time!