jordan-kyrou-3-st-louis-blues-010922

Jan 9, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Blues center Jordan Kyrou (25) reacts after scoring the game winning goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The trademark of the St. Louis Blues' identity this season has been their resilience. They've shown that from a personnel standpoint, posting a 23-11-5 record that's good for second place in the Central Division despite using 34 different players due to the effects of injuries and COVID-19. That resilience has been evident even more in their style of play, which has resulted in an NHL-leading 14 comeback victories, including their last four wins.

St. Louis has an unbelievable .600 win percentage when trailing after the first period. While the Blues have often gotten off to slow starts, head coach Craig Berube believes his team is doing a great job of staying on task and coming out strong after the first intermission.

"I think we're doing a real good job in the second period of taking advantage of the situations that are there for us to take advantage of," Berube said. "I think the momentum just builds and we keep going."

Veteran forward David Perron believes the team just gets better as the game goes on: "It almost feels like it's happening throughout the game. It's not really that we have to come in the room and talk to get a change."

Even when the Blues have faced a significant uphill climb, they've found ways to get the job done. They have a league-best .333 winning percentage when trailing after two periods, and they've won three games in which they trailed by multiple goals. Perron and and fellow forward Oskar Sundqvist credit those victories to the Blues' steady confidence and a never-say-die attitude — something that was perhaps ingrained in the players remaining from the 2019 Stanley Cup team when they went from last place on Jan. 3 to winning the Stanley Cup that June.

"I just think we're resilient. We never think that the game is over," Perron said. "Once we get our momentum going, it really pushes teams on their heels."

Sundqvist believes the Blues have done a great job of sticking to their game plan, even when early deficits have tempted them to change course.

"It feels like we don't really panic or stress out or anything like that when we're down a goal or two. We just keep going," said Sundqvist. "We keep playing our game throughout the whole game. We know that we're going to get chances, and when we get those chances, we know we've got some really good goal scorers.

"It's good for everyone in the locker room to be able to know that we can turn games around, even if we're down two goals or three goals."

While the Blues' penchant for the comeback has been entertaining for fans and has given a nice boost to the team's collective confidence, Berube cautions that the Blues need to continue working toward playing a steadier game and not getting in the habit of falling behind.

"On the flip side of it," the head coach said, "we've got to get to where we're getting the leads a little bit more and just pushing a little bit more in the third period when we have the lead."

BLUES NOTES

Berube said forward Pavel Buchnevich, who has missed the last two games while on the COVID-19 protocol list, is "good to go" and will likely return Friday at Seattle. Logan Brown, who had three goals and three assists in his first nine games as a Blue but has no points in his last seven, will come out of the lineup to make room for Buchnevich. With the Blues' top three lines fully healthy, Berube said Brown's style of play isn't a natural fit on the fourth line: "If he's not in the top nine, it makes it a little bit more difficult." ... Defenseman Scott Perunovich is still day-to-day while recovering from an undisclosed injury he suffered earlier this week.