With the Blues being down a few key players the line up would look a tad different today. As most of you know the Blues have been bit with the injury bug. Fabbri, Shattenkirk and the latest of Stastny have all been sidelined. With that the Blues would look to win in Winnipeg behind Brian Elliott. The Jets would counter with Ondrej Pavelec. Your forward lines today would see the return of the STL line. Granted it was Steen/Lehtera/Tarasenko, but it was there. The other lines were: Schwartz/Backes/Brouwer, Jaskin/Gomez/Upshall and Reaves would return to the lineup with Brozdiak and Ott. The defense parings would see the familiar Pietrangelo/Bouwmeester with Gunnarsson/Parayko and Edmunson/Bortuzzo.
The first saw the Blues back on their heels early. The Jets were off to the races early against a Blues team that has seen a lot of action in the last few days. The first period would see many powerplay chances for the Jets (3 of their 6 would be in the first alone) and Elliott would be up to the task early:
The Blues would finally get their legs under them and put up some chances of their own:
Despite all of the penalty minutes in the first, the score would stay 0-0 through the first 20.
Vladimir Tarasenko would get the Blues on the board in the early stages in the second period with an absolute rocket past Pavelec:
1-0 good guys on Tarasenko's fourth goal of the year. Still good at hockey. The Blues would keep on giving the Jets powerplay opportunities and it finally came back to bite them. Any momentum from the Vladdy goal was gone as Scottie Upshall would forget to control his wood (as many of the Blues did today) and the Jets would finally cash in on the opportunity as Mathieu Perreault would get one past Elliott:
With the game tied at one the Scottsmen would untie the game as Gomez would steal the puck and start a great sequence that led to the Blues second goal of the day:
2-1 Blues. Hold on though. The Blues would find themselves short handed again. Shocker I know, as heaven forbid they'd get a lead and not have anything happen to jeopardize said lead. But alas, Edmunson would take an interference call and the Jets would once again capitalize. This time in the form of a Drew Stafford goal:
When you thought the Blues would go ahead and stay ahead, they'd commit a dumb penalty and keep the Jets in it.
Breaking glass isn't the only thing that Colton is capable of. Apparently, he's also trying to break Jets goaltenders:
Hard shots withstanding the game would stay knotted at two for most of the period. The hits would keep coming though as these two teams would take their frustrations out on each other:
It had been a little bit since Tarasenko had scored, so he figured he needed to change that again:
Great delayed penalty sequence there for the good guys as Gomez would notch his first point as a Blue. He played his best game as a Blue so far today. As Vladdy signaled that would pretty much be the end for the Jets. That would be the go ahead goal the Blues would need. Not that they were done scoring. The last minute of the game the Blues would see a goal from...Carl Gunnarson. Yes, you read that right. The new Twitter punching bag would score with about a minute left in the game on the powerplay. Who wants a ticket to the Gunn show?!
Why were the Blues on the power play you ask?
Our good friend Dustin decided to say hi to Jay Bouwmeester. However after this happened, Upshall was very quick to his teammates defense. I was very impressed with that act as small as it was. The good guys win 4-2 and are now 4-0 on the current (Canadian) road trip. They face 6-0 Montreal Tuesday night.
3rd: Drew Stafford (1 goal. Jerk, probably)
2nd: Ondrej Pavelec (41 saves. 4 goals allowed. Almost killed by Parayko)
1st: Vladimir Tarasenko (2 goals. Running out of funny things to say about him and it's only game 6)
And I'll leave you all and Mr. Dustin with this final thought:
Go Byfuckyourself. #stlblues— Justin Williams (@justin03) October 18, 2015