In what was the second game of a back to back, the Blues would roll out Brian Elliott to start against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Sergei Bobrovsky would oppose the Blues and is apparently a friend of Tarasenko. (I think every Russian is a friend of Tarasenko according to John Kelly) The forward lines tonight would be the shuffled lines that we saw in St. Louis last night. (Although if they are pretty much the same lines can you really call them shuffled again?)
Steen/Backes/Tarasenko, Paajarvi moves up to be with Lehtera and Jaskin, Fabbri/Gomez/Brouwer, and Reaves would get back into the lineup tonight and would be with Brodziak and Upshall. Parayko would be out of the lineup tonight due to a "lower body injury". Big Bort would play tonight along side Edmunson, Gunnarson/Shattenkirk, and Pietrangelo Bouwmeester would be your D parings.
The Blue Jackets came out firing tonight. Can't say I blame them seeing as how Brian Elliott hasn't played in what seems like forever. They would test him here early and Ells would come up with the save:
The Blues however would strike first. Thanks to Shattenkirk and Paajarvi the Blues would go up 1-0 on a goal from Kevin:
Paajarvi has been impressive so far since getting unshuned from the Wolves. Granted it's only been a few games, but it looks like he's turned his game around and is taking advantage of the time he's getting. Meanwhile, Shattenkirk gets his first of the season, and seems as if he's getting his sea legs back as well.
The Blue Jackets would come back to tie it at one on a goal from
Globogym Goloubef. I feel as if this was a puck that Elliott should have had, but that's easy for me to say. You make the call. (Warning, there's a cannon)
Another Blue would be injured tonight as Jori Lehtera would be taken off the ice after taking a stick to the face. He wouldn't return either. Hopefully the Blues will find out more tomorrow.
After killing off two Columbus power play chances to begin the second period, the Blues would give up an even strength goal to Brandon Saad.
The Blue Jackets were just all over the Blues in the second. It really wasn't even close. The Blue Jackets would outshoot the Blues 21-3 in the second. The Blues second period woes made a roaring comeback tonight. #RoarBacon?
The Blues are 0-5-1 when trailing after two periods this year. The Blues are 2-0 on night number two of back to backs. Something has to give!! Well it gave alright. The Blues would have a golden opportunity to tie the game on the power play, but as we've seen so much this year, they would fail to cash in. Even worse, the Jackets would be the team with the better chances on that particular power play.
The penalty kill would be one of the few bright spots for the Blues tonight as it killed off all four of the Blue Jackets chances.
Bobrovsky was almost off of the case after turning the puck over to Fabbri and almost giving up the game tying goal:
And in case any of you don't get that reference:
Anyway, the Blues would lose to the cop and the Jackets 3-1 as Saad would add this empty netter:
3rd: Cody Goloubef (1 goal, horrid name to spell)
2nd: Cam Atkinson (1 assist, sweet flow in his official NHL pic)
1st: Brandon Saad (2 goals, *insert your own Saad pun here*)
Random cool moment: The Blues radio man Chris Kerber tweeted this out after the game last night:
Pretty awesome moment for the paper. Make sure you pick up your copy Thursday night as the Blues will be right back home to Scottrade.