This game is turnover-turnover-turnover-turnover-turnover in the span of 1.5 seconds. The instant someone steals the puck it's stolen and re-stolen and re-stolen and re-stolen, so guys are getting caught going one direction and it's creating odd-man chances.
I think Stewie's been terrific, but I guess that's because Stewie hasn't exactly raised the bar the last little while. My standards must have gone down for him.
There's been a handful of posters whose disappointment in Stewart's season has turned to straight-up venom towards the guy. But just as those individuals will look to criticize him at every opportunity, I think there's a few people at the other end of the spectrum who try a little too hard to see positives in his game, to find a silver lining in things like hustle and physicality which would be perceived as par for the course for an Oshie or a Backes. Not saying that's you; I've been guilty of it myself at times. It's natural to want to see the guy turn it around after showing so much promise at the end of last season, and part of me is always rooting for him simply because he's a Blue. I try to give Stewart credit for progress while at the same time holding him to a standard based on what I know he's capable of doing.
The Blues are playing better this period, but everything still looks out of whack. It looks like the Blues are trying to stretch their breakout spacing, but aren't beating/eluding that first wave of fore-checkers to make it work.