Tonight the Blues sat back in play. Just like in the last few games the boys didn't seem to be playing at the same level of play as they have this season. Regression and slowing down is always an option and usually happens, no one can really pinpoint when it is going to kick in but it usually does in this sport. Slides and streaks are going to happen and I am not that surprised that it has happened now. With that said the Blues took an advantage they knew they had over the Islanders and exploited it to the fullest extent.
The first period just seemed pitiful and slow. The Blues came out with slippers on over their skates, they clearly needed their game day cup of coffee. But the special teams would start getting hot hot hot. At 11:47, with Thomas Vanek in the box after an interference penalty against Kevin Shattenkirk, Jay Bouwmeester would let off a slap shot and get the puck past Anders Nilsson putting the blue and yellow on the board, 1-0.
The second period would bring out more power play goals on both sides of the red line. At 5:19 Andrew MacDonald of the Islanders would sneak the puck past Jaroslav Halak. The tie wouldn't last very long, at 6:20 Matt Martin would take a Interference penalty against Vladimir Tarasenko. While down a man the Islanders would give up a goal to Derek Roy.
Down by 1, the Islanders would not stay out of the box long enough to thwart the Blues. A fight would break out at 9:02 between Chris Stewart and Matt Carkner. Carkner would earn himself an extra 2 minutes with an instigator minor as well as a 10 minute misconduct. David Backes would make them pay for the extra penalty minutes at 9:33 he would get a wrist shot in the back of the net.
After falling face first on the ice and making the entirety of Blues nation crack up and giggle with glee, Patrik Berglund would set Magnus Paajarvi up for the Blues 4th goal, and their 3rd unanswered point on the board.
The Blues would round out their lead at 13:19 of the third period with Brenden Morrow tipping in a Derek Roy shot.
Three Stars of the Game
Third: Jay Bouwmeester
Second: Derek Roy
First: Jaroslav Halak
19 points for Mr. Roy... get your wallets out boys and girls, he is going to make us pay!
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"We all say 'Thank you, Jaro.'" --Magnus Paajarvi :')
"We all say 'Thank you, Jaro.'" --Magnus Paajarvi :')— Marissa (@PietranJello) December 6, 2013