Tonight the St. Louis Blues took on the Edmonton Oilers aka the David Perron's New Team. The Blues came out Roaring out of the gate against the struggling Oilers. Around 6 minutes into the game the Two Vlads One Swede line put on a beautiful show of their hockey prowess. All though they did not capitalize on the rush and all encompassing super pressure cycle, as I like to call it the Polar Vortex, that soon ensued on Edmonton Ice. Just DAMN can Vladimir Tarasenko manage that puck. He executed some mesmerizing plays and gorgeous passes with the help of Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka. The little Russian Tank that could sure as shit is a damn good hockey player, teams should be freaked the fuck out by him because he is still growing. The kid can play and he is becoming the machine all Blues fans wanted the 22 year old to be when he first signed with the St. Louis Blues. Honestly I could write sonnets about the skill this kid has. Not only was the teams offense in a spirited mood tonight the Defense was just as strong. Early in the period Edmonton caught the Blues on a few bad passes and took it to netminder Brian Elliott. Ells would make some spectacular plays to keep the blues from paying for a few minor mistakes. Halfway through the first 20 minutes things would get chippy with the Blues fourth line and the team from Edmonton.
At 11:28 Nick Schultz would trip TJ Oshie up and would sit in the box for the required allotment of 2 minutes. On the ensuing power play, at 12:46 Chris Stewart would once again earn his God DAAAAMN Status as he would get the puck past Ilya Bryzgalov using his spectacular strength to some how stay on his skates and get the puck off of his stick and into the back of the net. Not only is he Chris God Damn Stewart once again, it is also safe to say that Stewie is earning the moniker of "Oiler Killer".
The Blues would close out the period with a resounding thump as they headed into the locker room to prep for the next 20 minutes of the game.
The second period would not be the same for the St. Louis Blues. A minute into the period they would give up a bad turn over to Nail Yakupov. who would take the opportunity to heart and make it count. Tying the game up at 1. The Blues would not sit back another second. At 2:18 Maxim Lapiere would jam the puck between Bryz's pads and take the lead back for the team from St. Louis.
The same tenacity they had in the first would not return as the period wore on. the pressure the Blues once held over the Oilers would fade away as another quick goal from the Oilers at 5:10. Elliott would be caught on a rush by Edmonton and make an attempt to stack the pads in the air, missing the puck. The Blues would continue to scramble to try and regain some type of composure in the game and get back to the style of play they have been known for this season. David Backes and Vladimir Tarasenko would be the diffrence makers of the period as the Blues were able to catch a few lucky breaks and turn the momentum their way. At 10:56 Backes would snap the puck past Bryz on the power play. For the second power play goal of the game.
After Backes goal the Oilers seemingly delayed the game as an old, evil, version of the Tenth Doctor would cry foul from the Edmonton bench. The referees would check the Edmonton net for a tare in the plastic covering at the base of the net. Edmonton seemed to think Lappy's goal was invalid because of an unfair advantage in the goal netting. Dallas Eakins would later hide the incriminating evidence of his sonic screwdriver in the hallow end of an unused stick. Tarasanko's rocket of a shot would go in the net right off the face off 3 minutes after Backes snapshot, at 13:57.
Senko's goal would put a high note on the period that they decided to swap out with their usual shit the bed first period.
The third period would be aggressive and full of hard hits, as much of the previous 40 minutes had been. The first half of the third would be back and forth as both teams seemed to slow down their pace from Fatigue. The Blues continued to play strong and a safe style of hockey as they held their 2 goal lead. Senko would take a bad and awkward hit into the boards. But would skate off shaking his wrist, and would not miss a shift. In Soviet Russia arm doesn't hurt. With 2:15 left in the game the Oilers would pull Bryz for the extra man advantage. With 1:34 play would stop as Oshie would lay injured on the ice barely being able to get to his knees after an ugly leg on leg accidental collision with Taylor Hall. Oshie would leave the ice able to put weight on the injured leg. The extra man advantage for Edmonton would basically be null and void as Berglund would put the puck in the empty net.
The game was a good game from the Blues and proves why we have a team full of olympians in our mix. I enjoyed the game from a fan standpoint as it showcased some of our young talent, especially Senko (Who I litterly could be moved to write sonnets and songs and love notes to by his beautiful style of play). For now I have to go get ready to move tomorrow. Someone will have the recap for you on Thursday if I am not able to have access to it due to ATT not giving us a install date yet. Enjoy the night and stay warm Blues fans!
Three Stars of the Game
Bluenotes From Twitter
That cycle might've given me a boner.
That cycle might've given me a boner.— Tyler Atwood (@KingDonutI) January 8, 2014
I'm thinking Berglund may have needed to be moved to left wing like ohhhhhhhh 5 years ago.
I'm thinking Berglund may have needed to be moved to left wing like ohhhhhhhh 5 years ago.— St Bluenatic Chris (@Bluenatics) January 8, 2014
Seriously, Tarasenko. Stop being fucking adorable.
Seriously, Tarasenko. Stop being fucking adorable.— TruBlueGirls (@TruBlueGirls) January 8, 2014
Or don't... your choice...
Chris Stewart now has 13 Points (10 Goals & 3 Assists) in his last 12 games vs Edmonton Oilers. #stlblues— STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) January 8, 2014
Sobotka can speak English? I thought he just smiled and flexed his pecs to communicate.
Sobotka can speak English? I thought he just smiled and flexed his pecs to communicate.— Paperwork Ninja (@PaperworkNinja) January 8, 2014
Ok, so tonight for the Blues, the magic period off is the second.
Ok, so tonight for the Blues, the magic period off is the second.— Laura (@hildymac) January 8, 2014
Reaves just won a race for the puck. Okay then.
Reaves just won a race for the puck. Okay then.— Brian Simpson (@bmsimp) January 8, 2014
Captain Dave used his Canadian hatred for the fuel to fire that shot.
Captain Dave used his Canadian hatred for the fuel to fire that shot.— St Bluenatic Chris (@Bluenatics) January 8, 2014
If you think that Backes goal was awesome, wait til you see what I have on SLGT tomorrow!
...it's not as good as that goal, but still cool.
If you think that Backes goal was awesome, wait til you see what I have on SLGT tomorrow! ...it's not as good as that goal, but still cool.— Jason McAdams (@JMill1120) January 8, 2014
Where's Dallas Eakins' sonic screwdriver?
Where's Dallas Eakins' sonic screwdriver?— Tyler Atwood (@KingDonutI) January 8, 2014
I was wrong on STL goal. War room and refs were right. Gotta say tho, haven't seen a replay lie like that in all my years. Amazing.
I was wrong on STL goal. War room and refs were right. Gotta say tho, haven't seen a replay lie like that in all my years. Amazing.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) January 8, 2014
Please just be a dead leg.
Please just be a dead leg.— St Bluenatic Chris (@Bluenatics) January 8, 2014
Looked painful for Oshie, but the way he left the ice it looks like it could've been a lot worse.
Looked painful for Oshie, but the way he left the ice it looks like it could've been a lot worse.— Jason McAdams (@JMill1120) January 8, 2014
Tweet of the Game
NHL.com is slow uploading goal videos tonight. Will update with videos when they are available.