Tonight the St. Louis Blues took on the Colorado Avalanche at the DrinkScotch Center in the Lou. Most of the Gametime team was there tonight and it appears they brought some luck to our boys in Blue as they were able to dominate the majority of the game and capture a 3-0 victory over they struggling Aves.
The Blue and Yellow had a strong showing from their new up and coming goaltender Martin Brodeur. He made key saves through out the first period that gave the Blues, more specifically, their defense a chance to get their sea legs and step up their game. The two teams traded ends of the ice several time as both teams saw good performances from their tenders, as Semyon Varlamov was on point at the other end of the ice. After 20 minutes both teams went to the locker room still tied at 0.
The Second period of this game busted the blue notes out of their current skid. Right out of the gate, Dmitrij Jaskin got a little help from the St. Louis boy, Paul Stastny. Stastny caught Varlamov behind his net and intercepted the pass, settling the puck down to set up Jaskin, who some how fluttered the puck past the bemused Colorado Goalkeeper. 1-0 Blues.
The Jaskin goal breathed life into the teams skates, and the Blues were able to hold a considerable amount of pressure, shift after shift, over the Patrick Roy helmed Avalanche. Some of the bigger names, like David Backes, were not mentioned very often in the play by play but was able to play the shut down role to keep the team's shut out alive. By the periods end the Aves would be held to only 3 shots in those twenty minutes. At 4:30 of the Second Christ Butler made sure to help his city out with a tip in goal from the crease. 2-0 Blues.
The rest of the second was rounded out by a minor penalty to St. Louis and Colorado. Both of which were killed off and played no major part in the momentum of the game.
The Third period quite literally was a blur. It whizzed passed as the Blues shut down just about everything that Colorado threw their way. At 15:25 Vladimir Tarasenko pulled another trick out of his, seemingly endless, bag of tricks. Senko stripped the puck from the bumbling Colorado defense and sent a rocket with eyes to the back of the net, cementing the Blues win. 3-0 Blues.
Bluenotes of the Game:
- Tonight marked Brodeur's 125th career shutout victory. He also got ANOTHER $20,000 for the win.
- Tarasenko now has 22 goals for the year and still remains 3rd in the league for Goals. Behind, Rick Nash (23) and Tyler Seguin (25).
- With the wavering of Magnus Paajarvi it appears the team will be sticking with 3 goalies as Brian Elliott may make his return as early as tomorrow.
- With the Blackhawks Shootout win over Nashville the Blues remain 2 points behind the Preds in 4th in the Conference.
- Jori Lehtara and Vladi Tarasenko decided to have a war of the Marty Selfies on Instagram shortly after the game. They so Funny!