Tarasenko isn't in the line-up. That's all you really need to know about the Blues lines tonight. Just kidding, but seriously, he didn't play tonight. Hitch would say that he's "out for the month of October". Funny Hitch. With that being said, your starting lines would be: Steen/Lehtera/Brouwer, Ott (for the love of everything why...)/Backes/Upshall, Fabbri/Gomez/Jaskin, and Reaves/Brodziak/Rattie. Parayko would return on defense tonight after being questionable after the contest against the Ducks. Your starting goaltender would be Jake Allen. Devin Dubnyk would start on the other side of the ice for the Wild. One other note: Former Blue Chris Porter would be in the lineup for Minnesota.
David Backes hasn't scored a goal in the first 11 games of the season. That's a pretty long drought. Well it was a really long drought:
Captain Dave's first of the season just gets by Dubstep and it's one to nothing good guys. With everyone and their brother out with an injury it was important to get that first goal of the night. The Blues would keep the pressure up. Alexander Steen would be the beneficiary of a horrible turnover from the Wild in their own zone:
I mean hey I'm ok with two goal leads in the first period. That was the first time this year that it happened. With the team feeling pretty good about themselves it looked like it was going to be a long game for the Wild. After plane trouble and playing a game the night before the Wild were supposed to be the more tired team of the bunch. No one told Jason Zucker this apparently:
This goal would come after Gunnarsson rode him like a pony. Motivation? Maybe. Pietrangelo was there, but just couldn't get to Zucker in time. The Wild would be the better team the rest of the period. No question. It looked as if the Wild would tie the game after Parise had a few chances and finally it got past Allen. Turns out that puck was kicked in. (There was no question it was kicked in. Soccer players would have been proud) However, with just seconds left in the period the Wild would tie the game for real this time:
See kids, this is what happens when you don't clear the puck. People take advantage. And score. And make all the good feelings go away.
The second period would begin how the first period ended for the Blues. Bad. But it wasn't all bad. Jake Allen and company would deny the Wild a power play goal. Which isn't an easy thing to do.
Allen was a big part of keeping Minnesota 0 for 5 on their power play. That would include a long 5 on 3 due to the stupidest rule in the NHL (delay of game). The Blues would also have their first power play of the game in the second. You didn't miss anything I promise. They couldn't take advantage of the opportunity. In case you're keeping track, the Blues extra man drought is now at 0-17. Yikes. But again it's not like they are missing most of their key pieces to said power play. Hopefully they'll figure it out. Game still tied at two.
Division games are bound to have some fuckery. The third did not disappoint:
all aboard fight train pic.twitter.com/5n3VzSCSOU— Stephanie (@myregularface) November 1, 2015
Shoutout to Steve Ott for getting yet another top line guy out for 5 minutes. As much crap as I give him, he does do good on occasion. Bortuzzo isn't allowed to stop in front of a goalie. Heaven forbid a guy would get snowed on. Bullshit unsportsmanlike like penalty for the win. Didn't like the call. It could have been game altering. At least that's my opinion. I would love to hear your opinions on the subject. Luckily, the Wild wouldn't be able to capitalize again. The Blues gave the Wild their chances tonight. Literally. Parayko almost deflected a puck in the net off of his hand. It would hit the post instead. Somehow, this one would get to the end of the third still tied at two. Yay, everyone gets a point...
As if this game wasn't crazy enough....we get 3 on 3 overtime. If chaos was played in game form, this would probably be the definition of it. It's only fun if your team wins. Guess what? They did:
David Backes scored first. David Backes scored last. 11 game drought be damned. Rattie makes a great pass and Backes would finish the Wild. For a guy (Rattie, of course) that started on the fourth line tonight, he sure did make an impact at the end. Totally ok with that. The Blues would win 3-2 in a wild and wacky game. I mean it was Halloween after all. Yeah, that had to be it.
3rd Star: Alexander Steen (1 goal, Helluva shot)
2nd Star: Jason Zucker (1 goal, Gives kids toothpaste on Halloween)
1st Star: David Backes (Two goals, Wife is a saint)