(HockeyStL) -- In the last four games, St. Louis Blues centerman Patrik Berglund has scored four goals, helping ignite a dormant Blues offense that struggled after the Olympic break.
His third period goal last Sunday against Phoenix served as the first point the Blues recorded since coming back from that break. Berglund would score one more goal in the game as the Blues came back from two goals down against the Coyotes by a score of 4-2.
“It’s a good feeling obviously. We hadn’t scores in two straight games and going into the third in Phoenix,” said Berglund, “I think that was a huge win for us to comeback and score four goals.”
Those 4 goals in 4 games have brought Berglund’s season total to 12, below expectations for the year. Berglund, who is playing in his sixth NHL season, has 7 fewer goals right now than both second year players and line-mates Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko. With 18 games remaining, Berglund would need 10 goals to tie his career-high 22.
Does Berglund have to ability to reach that same number as his 2010-2011 season? Absolutely, the past four games prove that. Will it happen? That answer, however, is unclear.
The Blues signed Berglund to a one year $3.25 million contract at the beginning of the season. It’s hard to give a streaky player like the native Swede a long term contract because it’s unclear which player will show up to the rink each night.
But if Berglund can keep the momentum going, he can put his team in a good position for the playoffs.
“I think we’ve been proving to ourselves that we’re a good team,” Berglund said, “Our goal is to win the cup. [It’s] the thing we’re working for and preparing for.”