Your Blues took on Eastern Conference foe the New York Rangers tonight. In goal for the Blues would obviously be Jake Allen. He would be opposed by Henrik Lundqvist. Your forward lines tonight would be: Steen/Lehtera/Tarasenko, Upshall/Backes/Fabbri, Havlat/Gomez/Brouwer, and Paajarvi/Brodziak/Jaskin. Your D-parings would be the norm of Bouwmeester/Pietrangelo, Edmunson/Shattenkirk and Parayko/Gunnarson.
Spotting a good team two goals is not exactly ideal. Spotting a team two goals on their first two shots of the game is even worse. That's exactly what happened to the Blues tonight in the first. Just five minutes into the game the Rangers would break Allen's million minute shutout streak:
Not to say that the Blues didn't try in the first. A desperation save from Lundqvist would keep the Blues off of the board:
Second shot...Second goal. Sigh:
Bouwmeester going all traffic cone on us didn't help, but that's what happened. But wait. Did I say the Blues spotted the Rangers two goals? I meant three:
Bye Jake. Thanks for playing. 3 goals on five shots. Yikes. To say this was a shitty start for the good guys would be an understatement, With that being said Jake should still be the number one. But that's for another article. Brian Elliott would come in for Allen. That would seem to spark the Blues as they would finally look like they wanted to play some hockey. Parayko would unleash hell (slapshot whatever) and Jaskin would be there for the rebound to give the Blues a much needed goal:
The Blues would outshoot the Rangers 16-7 in the first, but be down 3-1.
The Blues would come out in the second period with more of a sense of urgency. In fact Vladimir Tarasenko would make it 3-2 on a ridiculous shot:
He went postal but it would pay off. The Blues would pull to 3-2 at this point and were looking like they had momentum on their side. I mean they really did, but apparently that didn't matter tonight. The Rangers would come right back to make it 4-2 on a goal by J.T. Miller:
Lehtera would get the assist as it looked to have bounced off of his shin. Elliott really had no chance to stop that one. Just four minutes later the Blues would be on the power play and Troy Brouwer would make his presence felt in front as he would score to make it a 4-3 game:
There's a chance folks! 4-3 after 2.
There was a chance. Was.
Pissed off Elliott is pissed. Which I'm not sure why he was as upset as he was. It was definitely not goalie interference and I didn't catch where something might have happened before this goal. Ells was really upset about something though. The Rangers are 9-0 when leading after two periods this year. Needless to say that stat didn't change as they would make it 6-3 on an empty net goal by Girardi:
Jake Allen didn't have a good night in goal (no shit) Brian Elliott was decent, but it was just not the Blues night. The fact that they A)Scored a power play goal and B) netted three on Lundqvist was a miracle in itself. More so the way that Henrik has been playing as of late. The Blues would fall to the Rangers 6-3
3rd Star: Rick Nash (2 assists. Probably an asshole. Fat)
2nd Star: Derek Stepan (2 assists. Spells Stephan wrong)
1st Star: Mats Zuccarello (1 goal, 2 assists. Despite having a name like Mats, still only one person)