St. Louis Blues at Linkopings HC
Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:47 AM
The Canadian Press
|Paul Kariya scored twice in the second to help the Blues to a 6-0 win in their final preseason tune up Tuesday in Linkoping, Sweden. (Getty Images).
LINKOPING, Sweden -- Paul Kariya scored twice in the second period to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 6-0 victory over Swedish Elite League club Linkoping in a pre-season game Tuesday.
, Carlo Colaiacovo
and Swedish stars Patrik Berglund
and Alexander Steen
also scored for the Blues, who will play the Detroit Red Wings in a two-game season-opening series in Stockholm's Globe Arena on Friday and Saturday.
Perron opened scoring just 1:12 in and Colaiacovo made it 2-0 five minutes later.
Berglund, who had 21 goals and 26 assists as a rookie last season, put the Blues ahead for good midway through the second session. Kariya scored within a span of 2:59 late in the period. Steen ended scoring late in the third.
"It was fun to be home and play, but I really expected Linkoping to play better and have a sellout crowd," Berglund said.
Berglund grew up on the larger European playing surfaces, but had some problems early on.
"It took some time to get adjusted, sometimes I had no idea where my teammates were," he laughed.
Berglund made a big adjustment last season, making the Blues' squad as a rookie after playing in "Allsvenskan", a second-tier minor league below the Swedish Elite League which is regarded as one of Europe's best.
Linkoping, a team which has been on ice since August, is eighth in the 12-team Swedish Elite League.
St. Louis – David Perron
St. Louis – Carlo Colaiacovo
, Alex Steen
St. Louis – Patrik Berglund
, T.J. Oshie
St. Louis – Paul Kariya (Keith Tkachuk, Brad Boyes
St. Louis – Paul Kariya (power play) (unassisted) 15:55
St. Louis - Alex Steen
(Mike Weaver) 11:02
Chris Mason (1st period), Ty Conklin
(2nd period), Ben Bishop