This evening Your St. Louis Blues (the smaller less experienced version) took on the Columbus Blue Jackets in the NHL’s Second Preseason game of 2014. The First period kicked off with a starting line up that looked like a standardize testing machine picked the players out of a hat, with the RPM checking line of Maxim Lappierre, Ryan Reaves and Chris Porter taking the call. Lappy would win the face off but the exhilaration and excitement of the first face off win would be short lived as Columbus would take the lead at 2:02 with a wrist shot from Kerby Rychel. From the sound of it, Jake Allen didn’t see it coming. From there the STL would amp up the hitting but would also increase their giveaways in the Defensive zone.
At 7:58 the Blues would take their first penalty of the season with a tripping call on Peter Mueller. The PK unit would shut the Jackets down and get a few shots off on net of their own. At 12:30 of the first period Columbus would give St. Louis their first Power Play of the game/season. One minute and twenty seconds later Jori Lehtera would show the organization why he was signed. Lehtera would take a wrister 11 feet from the net to tie up the game. Helpers on the goal came from Nate Prosser and Vladimir Trarsenko. The Blues would go on the Power play again at 15:58 but would fail to convert.The score would remain tied as the period buzzer sounded.
The Second period would belong to the Blue Jackets. They came out of the locker room looking more rested and stronger then the Baby Blues. Thomas Vannelli would take a hooking penalty at 3:04 of the period to break the stagnancy of first five minutes of the period. The Blues were able to kill of the penalty with out issue, but would not be so lucky on Vannelli’s second penalty of the period. At 12:29 Vannelli slashed Simon Hjalmarsson to earn his ticket back to the sin bin. Columbus’ Alexander Wennberg would capitalize on the power play at 14:06 to take the lead, 2-1. The boys in Blue in Yellow would continue to pepper the Jackets’ goalkeeper but would fail to get a good opportunity to tie the game back up. However Columbus rode the momentum wave into another goal at 19:41. Boon Jenner would sneak the puck past Jake Allen with a backhander to seal the 2 goal lead. The Blues would head to the locker room looking a bit depleted and downtrodden with the scoreboard showing a 3-1 lead for Columbus.
The Third Period quickly became all St. Louis Blue and Yellow right off the hop, as "Save the Day" Vladimir Tarasenko would get a wrister past the net minder as he was falling down, to put the STL with in 1 goal of a tie. With time in the game ticking down things on the ice started to become chippy as the boys started chirping with one another. By the end of the 3rd period Nine penalties were given out to both teams combined, four of them going to Blues players. The energy level heightened as the teams got to know each other more. St. Louis’ Sabastion Wannstrom snuck a wrister past Oscar Dansk at 9:48 of the third period to tie the game, 3-3. At 18:27 Jack Johnson dropped the gloves with Max Lappierre to have a go at his face with his fists. It didn’t go very well as the kinda sorta maybe fight was broken up by the linesmen shortly after the two ran into the glass. Both were sent to the box with fighting minors and play resumed. Columbus’s Dalton Prout would put the blues on the power play to wrap out the 60 minutes of the game.
Overtime soon came for the Jackets and Blues as the ice got a nice dry shave because the NHL likes to waste time on useless things. The Blues started off the 5 minute OT with the remainder of their power play. They would get 4 shots on net but none would find their way in the back of the net. Half way through the overtime period Dillon Heatherington let off a slapper with eyes to end the game and give Columbus the win, 4-3.
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The new Jerseys have an awesome classic look to them when you see them worn with the complete uniform and in action!— Chris Kerber (@chriskerber) September 21, 2014
Lehtera (goal) and Tarasenko (goal, assist) combined for three points tonight. It's going to be a fun combo this season. #StlBlues— Andrew Allsman (@allsmandrew) September 22, 2014
Rating his game, Lehtera said he was an "OK-minus."— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) September 22, 2014
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