The other night:
Tonight the St. Louis Blues came up against the New York Rangers. The slumping Blues finally decided it was time to wake the fuck up and get their tails in gear. They seemed to be a bit out of sync at first. Halfway through the first they were able to amp up the tenacity and woke the fuck up. It was also a treat to see a somewhat healthy Vladimir Tarasenko back in the lineup as well as Maxim Lapierre At 8:38 of the first period some Swede on swede action would take place on the MSG ice. Alexander Steen would deflect a Jaden Schwartz shot off of his skate and into the net past Swedish and Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist.
The boys in blue would continue to play hard and keep up the fast paced play in the game. They would up the hitting but would be unable to keep up with the shooting pace of the Rangers. Jaroslav Halak would keep the team in the game. He made up for the pretend game that happened the other night. The team from St. Louis would carry their good will into the locker room for the first intermission.
The start of the second period was a continuation of the first. The effort was there and St. Louis continued to be carried by there pretty spectacular goaltender. The Broadway prima donnas continued to some how get shot after shot. They started to play a style of hockey that one could define as questionable or dirty. Somehow the officials allowed them to get away with it for quite some time before enforcing slashing. Late in the period, at 18:17, Rick Nash would capitalize on a defensive breakdown and beat Jaro glove side. The Blues and Rangers would go into the locker room tied 1-1.
Note of the Period:
Steen would be injured shortly before the goal and would not return to the game with a lower body injury. Updates will be posted as soon as we know more.
The final 20 minutes would see the Blues turn up the tempo. Halak would continue to keep the Rangers at bay after letting in one goal in the second. He would be helped out during penalty kills as anyone and everyone was willing to put the body on the line to block a shot or take a hit to help their goalie out. Schwartzie was on fire tonight clearly being motivated by the "White Out for Mandi" event tomorrow night. He skated hard and was present for every shift and was pretty much everywhere on the ice. At 3:09, on the power play, Hometown boy Kevin Shattenkirk would blast the fuck out of the puck and get it past Lundqvist to take the lead squarely back into blue and yellow hands. Honestly blue and red just looks tacky together. Thanks for Shatty, Suck it New York!
Tonights Three Stars:
Bluenotes from Twitter:
Sorry to the customer I was waiting on when Steener scored....I promise, next time I wait on you I will not yell in your face
Sorry to the customer I was waiting on when Steener scored....I promise, next time I wait on you I will not yell in your face— Kati (@KatiMey34) January 24, 2014
See what we're dealing with here, Sven?
I'm assuming Bergie's dad's name is Sven.
See what we're dealing with here, Sven? I'm assuming Bergie's dad's name is Sven.— TruBlueGirls (@TruBlueGirls) January 24, 2014
Backes just killed a guy. And Jaro is doing cool stuff in the net. I like this Blues team.
Backes just killed a guy. And Jaro is doing cool stuff in the net. I like this Blues team.— St Bluenatic Chris (@Bluenatics) January 24, 2014
"WHAT THE SHATT WAS THAT?" - Henrik just now
"WHAT THE SHATT WAS THAT?" - Henrik just now— Jason McAdams (@JMill1120) January 24, 2014
Shatty fired that like he was playing near his hometown or something.
Shatty fired that like he was playing near his hometown or something.— St Bluenatic Chris (@Bluenatics) January 24, 2014