The Blues looked to be on their heels after losing the opening 2 video games of their Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Vancouver Canucks. In the last two video games, the line has combined for three objectives and 5 helps while peppering Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom with a combined 30 shots.After a sluggish start
, the Blues have discovered their legs and are playing the design of game they want. In four games, Perron, Schwartz and O'Reilly have combined for 7 objectives, eight assists and 45 shots. In the first 3 video games the Canucks were six-for-11 with the guy advantage. The Canucks lost Sunday's video game 3-2 in overtime. O'Reilly functions as Blues' catalyst in Game 4 win over Canucks:
"It's taken a lot longer than we wanted," said O'Reilly, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the best player in 2015's playoffs and the Selke Trophy as the league's top protective forward. "There are still some things to tidy up.
"We need to be more constant. We're going to need to find a method to develop more."
In 4 video games, Perron, Schwartz and O'Reilly have integrated for 7 goals, 8 assists and 45 shots. They have 25 hits and 6 takeaways.
O'Reilly's opening objective Monday came on a power play. He took a pass from defenceman Alex Pietrangelo, kicked the puck from his skate onto his stick, and relocated to the front of the net where he scored on a backhand over Markstrom's shoulder.
'He's believing one step ahead of everybody'
It was a pretty play that head coach Craig Berube has actually viewed O'Reilly practice numerous times.
"I'm not sure I've been around as numerous guys that work as difficult as he does," Berube said. "There are individuals who strive simply to strive. His work is to get much better. He's continuously working on little things on the ice in practice."
At six-foot-one and 216 pounds O'Reilly has speed, isn't scared to get his sound filthy, and has actually won over 60 per cent of his faceoffs. He matches his skill with hockey smarts.
"His intelligence as a hockey player is impressive," Berube stated.
Canuck defenceman Chris Tanev stated O'Reilly is like a chess gamer on the ice.
"He's believing one action ahead of everybody out there," Tanev said. "He does whatever from faceoffs to winning board fights to scoring objectives.
"He's a complete 200-foot player. We need to discover a method to slow down that line."
Suppressing Vancouver's unique groups
The Blues appear to have actually resolved the riddle of the Vancouver power play. In the very first 3 games the Canucks were six-for-11 with the male advantage. In Game 4 they were 0-7.
"We couldn't get in and set up," stated Vancouver forward J.T. Miller, who scored his fourth objective of the playoffs Monday. "They are blocking a great deal of shots. They are studying us, they sort of understand what we are doing."