The Blues scored twice on 37 shots in Saturday night's game against Thomas Greiss and the New York Islanders and lost 5-2.(Scott Rovak/St. Louis Blues)

By Rob Rains


In their previous two games, the Blues were able to overcome slow starts by rallying to defeat the New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes.

They were not as lucky Saturday night against the New York Islanders at Scottrade Center.

The Islanders, who were ripped by coach Doug Weight after a 5-0 loss at Dallas on Friday night, responded to the criticism by jumping out to a 3-0 lead over the Blues less than 14 minutes into the game en route to a 5-2 win.

It was only the second regulation loss for the Blues in their last 12 games (9-2-1) and only their second in nine home games.

“We got away with it for two so we’ve been playing with fire,” said coach Mike Yeo. “You look at our start tonight and you look at our urgency with the puck and our urgency to defend and obviously giving them easy goals.”

The Blues had allowed a total of six goals in the first period in their previous 17 games this season.

“We got behind to a team which came in here with a chip on their shoulder,” said the Blues’ Scottie Upshall. “They got embarrassed last night and they came in here and definitely took it to us early.

“As a hockey player when you are embarrassed like that you don’t have much time to think about it and you come out and have to turn things around. I don’t think we’ve been down three or four goals all year so it was definitely a different feeling on the bench.”

John Tavares ignited the flurry with his 13th goal of the year 3:21 into the game, followed by two more goals before the game was 14 minutes old. After the Islanders increased the lead to 4-0 early in the second period, Jake Allen was pulled and replaced by Carter Hutton.

Allen allowed the four goals on 18 shots but did not get much support from his defense in front of the net.

The Blues scored their first goal when Brayden Schenn converted a pass from Jaden Schwartz midway through the second period, and Upshall deflected a puck off his skate into the net early in the third period to make it a 4-2 games, but that was as close as the Blues could get.

Nobody used it as an excuse, but the Blues were playing the game with heavy hearts after the death earlier Saturday of 11-year-old Arianna Dougan, a favorite fan of Vladimir Tarasenko who had become involved with the Blues last season when he arranged to take her on a team road trip.

A moment of silence for Arianna, who had cancer, was held before the game. Tarasenko had gone to visit her at Cardinal Glennon Medical Center in the past few days.

The Blues will leave Sunday for a three-game swing to western Canada, beginning with Monday night’s game in Calgary.