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Blues Lose To Vancouver Canucks 4-1

Recapping the crap games since .... 3 hours ago

Where have you gone, oh Tarasenko? Our nation turns it's lonely eyes to you ....
Where have you gone, oh Tarasenko? Our nation turns it's lonely eyes to you ....
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Well... I suppose we should recap this in the same spirit that the Blues played in: "Let's just get this over with".

FIRST PERIOD:

Beer: 4 Hands Contact High

The Blues came into the game with a "flu" epidemic and a great deal of uncertainty about who would actually be able to play the game. As it turns out, the full roster (sans injured players Paul Stastny and Carl Gunnarsson ) were dressed for the game. Who actually "played", though, remains a mystery even now as you read this.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/stlblues?src=hash">#stlblues</a> lines are as they practiced:&#10;Ott-Backes-Oshie&#10;Schwartz-Lehtera-Tarasenko&#10;Steen-Berglund-Lindstrom&#10;Paajarvi-Lapierre-Reaves</p>&mdash; Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) <a href="https://twitter.com/jprutherford/status/525430703245119488">October 23, 2014</a></blockquote>

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In the Anaheim game, the Blues allowed a goal on the first shot on net. This time around, the Blues held off the Canucks all the way to the second shot on goal. After the opening shift, a bad line change gave the Canucks a prime scoring opportunity. While Jake Allen made the initial save on Alexandre Burrows, the Blues defenders did not clear out the rebound and Chris Higgins collected the payoff with his second goal of the season at the 00:41 mark.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Driving to the net, Chris Higgins put home the rebound to give <a href="https://twitter.com/VanCanucks">@VanCanucks</a> the lead in St. Louis. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VANvsSTL?src=hash">#VANvsSTL</a> <a href="http://t.co/4BI7jc1yvZ">http://t.co/4BI7jc1yvZ</a></p>&mdash; NHL (@NHL) <a href="https://twitter.com/NHL/status/525445019193589761">October 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The Blues now had an already tough sitiuation become a lot tougher. They did not seem equipped to handle this at all. One moment of levity, though, came when Zach Kassian realized he was a 6th skater for the Canucks:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Yet another player that wants out of Vancouver. MT <a href="https://twitter.com/EyeOnHockey">@EyeOnHockey</a>: Zack Kassian tries to jump into wrong bench <a href="http://t.co/ADXurDh6lR">pic.twitter.com/ADXurDh6lR</a></p>&mdash; On The Forecheck (@OnTheForecheck) <a href="https://twitter.com/OnTheForecheck/status/525455587195510784">October 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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This was about the only thing worth smiling about. A power play opportunity yielded zilch in results.  Despite allowing that early goal, Jake Allen made some gorgeous saves. Almost in keeping with the effort by the team, the rink crew took waaaaay too long to replace a pane of glass, resulting in a stoppage in play that lasted about 10 minutes or so.

Once play resumed, the Blues seemed to get better as the period wore on. At the 17:48 mark, a scrum in front of the Blues net included David Backes giving Daniel Sedin the Facewash From Hell. Minors were assessed to Backes and Kevin Bieksa, and 4-on-4 hockey began. At 18:32, Higgins mugged Ian Cole and took another minor penalty, giving the Blues a 4-3 power play. The Vancouver homers were calling that a dive on Cole's part, but it looked fine to me. Not that it mattered much, as there were no puppy gifs to be had on that power play.

After 1 period, Canucks had the lead 1-0, with both teams tied at 8 shots on goal aside. The Blues were led by Alexander Steen and ... Barret Jackman (??) with 2 SOG each. The Canucks led 7-2 in shots blocked.

SECOND PERIOD:

Beer: Rouge Brewery Dead Guy Ale

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Thank Christ! RT <a href="https://twitter.com/lkorac10">@lkorac10</a>: Ott now back with Lapierre and Reaves. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/stlblues?src=hash">#stlblues</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FaceOffShow?src=hash">#FaceOffShow</a></p>&mdash; Devilled Ham Lincoln (@grantsales) <a href="https://twitter.com/grantsales/status/525456273723375619">October 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The remainder of the power play continued with nothing to show for it. Soon afterward, the Blues had a 2 on 1 with Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko leading the charge. Result: 1 shot - wide. The Canucks would take a Too Many Men penalty, and the Blues power play would get another shot at redemption. After a good chance by Tarasenko misses the mark, the Blues finally get on the scoreboard with a Power Play goal by Kevin Shattenkirk.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Kevin Shattenkirk sniped that high blocker on Miller. Miller sulks after the goal.</p>&mdash; Randall Ritchey (@randallritchey) <a href="https://twitter.com/randallritchey/status/525457156058128386">October 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>And the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RyanMillerShutout?src=hash">#RyanMillerShutout</a> is on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/stlblues?src=hash">#stlblues</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FaceOffShow?src=hash">#FaceOffShow</a></p>&mdash; Jeff Ponder (@jponder94) <a href="https://twitter.com/jponder94/status/525457329098342401">October 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Tie Game!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Not a big deal, but I think it&#39;s fair to note that Kevin Shattenkirk is an hour or so from challenging Getzlaf for NHL&#39;s best bald player.</p>&mdash; Justin Bourne (@jtbourne) <a href="https://twitter.com/jtbourne/status/525463709599424513">October 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Although the second period was decidedly better than the first, the Blues were still missing opportunity after opportunity. Aside from some more big saves from Jake Allen and the help from Saint Ferrous, this game could have been broken wide open. Jake had a big game, and several good opportunities by Blues forwards (Tarasenko, Lehtera, and Berglund) just weren't cashed in. Even another PP for yet another Vancouver "Too Many Men" call yielded nothing. Stop me if you've heard this one before.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Not something you will see very often. Barret Jackman leads the St Louis Blues with 3 Shots on Goal after 2 periods. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/stlblues?src=hash">#stlblues</a></p>&mdash; STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) <a href="https://twitter.com/STLBlueshistory/status/525467439455535104">October 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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THIRD PERIOD

Beverage: Jim Beam Red Stag & Coke

The third period began with some optimism. Still a tied game, it could really go either way. Almost 5 minutes in, though, Jori Lehtera and Tarasenko complete a tic-tac-toe passing play for a beautiful chance, but Ryan Miller made a gigantic save there. The puck suddenly comes back the other way, and Nick Bonino picks the top near corner for the go-ahead goal. Another fruitless power play, and reality started to close in for Blues fans. A Berglund tripping call, leading to a Linden Vey PPG, and Blues fans were ready for last call. The Blues had a nice set of shifts about halfway through the third, but to no avail. Coach Hitchcock pulled the goalie with just over 3 minutes left, but Jannik Hansen scored the ENG to put the game officially away.

Game Over. Good Riddance

  • As the final horn sounded, Backes shot the puck towards Ryan Miller. Kassian took exception to that, and started a scrum with Backes. Cue the narrative that the Blues goon it up when they don't win. #DismissiveWankingMotion
  • "Oshie, your drought..."     "Yeah?"     ".... continues"
  • Along those same lines, the last time the Blues scored a 5-on-5 goal was just under a minute into the third period of the Arizona game. That's nearly 7 periods of hockey without scoring even-strength
  • ... which is made worst when you only go 1-for-5 on the Power Play. The Canucks gifted us with Too Many Men penalties twice .. you HAVE to cash in on those.
  • Give it up for Ryan Miller and the Canucks.. he and they played a heck of a game. The Sedin twins were held to just one assist, on the Vey power play tally. So ... that's something.
  • Announced attendance was 16,099.. C'mon St Louis, you should be able to do better than that. We need to #RockTheScott

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ryan Miller impressive with 31 saves on his return to St.Louis...maybe more impressive for Canucks in win ...23 blocked shots.</p>&mdash; John Shannon (@JSportsnet) <a href="https://twitter.com/JSportsnet/status/525477381772169216">October 24, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Take your Flintstones, boys. Get some fluids, maybe some vitamin C. We have Chicago on Saturday. Be healthy and motivated.

See you then! Let's Go Blues!