Your Blues took on the Calgary Flames in a rare afternoon game at Scottrade. Brian Elliott would also be apart of the shindig as he gets the start in goal. Karri Ramo would get the start for the Flames. Your line combinations would look a little different today as Kyle Brozdiak would sit this one out. Steen, Stastny and Tarasenko would make up your top line. Brouwer, Backes and Paajarvi would make up your second line. Fabbri, Lehtera and Jaskin would make up the third line and Reaves, Gomez (in for Brozdiak) and Upshall would make up your fourth line. On defense Pietrangelo/Bouwmeester (Did you know Bouwmeester played in Calgary...) Lindbohm/Shattenkirk and Gunnarsson/Parayko.
The Blues haven't scored an awful lot in the first this year. Maybe they should play more Saturday afternoon games then. Vladimir Tarasenko would make it 1-0 early. Paul Stastny would miss on the deflection chance, but Vladdy was there to clean up and hit the wide open net.
Tarasenko gets his 21st of the year. Gunnarsson (4) and Steen (20) would get the assists. Fast forward two and a half minutes. Colton Parayko shows off his backhand.
Silky mitts 55. It's Parayko's 6th goal of the year. Tarasenko notches his 14th assist. So not only did the Blues score first, they scored twice. The play from the team lately, I didn't know that was allowed. Very refreshing to see.
Brian Elliott. Still a Blues goaltender. Still making saves.
The Blues almost made it three (yes three) zip in the first. Alexander Steen tipped a puck into the net. It was ruled that the stick was above the crossbar so no goal. You make the call. It's not an easy one.
just like they planned it pic.twitter.com/6lUvLEaaJ9— Stephanie (@myregularface) December 19, 2015
Ryan Reaves answers the bell here against Deryk Engelland. Also of note here it was Reaves' first fight and his 300th career game.
Deryk Engelland vs Ryan Reaves from Calgary Flames at St. Louis Blues Dec 19, 2015 https://t.co/sL0BLp4da7— hockeyfights (@hockeyfights) December 19, 2015
2-0 good guys after one.
The second period was a track meet. Brian Elliott and Karri Ramo both were tested. Brouwer almost made it 3-0 18 seconds into the period...
The penalty kill was outstanding once again today as the Blues would kill all four Flames man advantages. Elliott would be a big part of that as well. Here he makes an excellent glove save
The two goal lead is the worst lead in hockey. Jori Lehtera would make sure that the Blues didn't have to worry about said two goal lead.
Steen would hit a wide open Lehtera for his fourth goal of the year. Steen would pick up his 21st assist and Tarasenko would notch another point with his 15th assist. Blues looking good up 3-0. The Flames would keep on pushing though. Thank you goal post.
3-0 Blues after two. The scoring chances were even at 9 for the Blues and 8 for the Flames (according to FSMW) but Calgary was outshooting the Blues at this point 23-13.
Everything seemed to be bouncing the Blues way tonight. Until a goal by the Flames in the early stages of the third period. It was ruled a non goal on the ice. It was reviewed and changed to a good goal. The way the ref explained it was very confusing. Long story short it was a goal.
For a guy not getting consistent looks in net as of late, Elliott looked very solid tonight. With the Flames on the powerplay Elliott would deny a Mason Raymond tip in.
Troy Brouwer had himself a decent game tonight. Doing everything but scoring. I mean he hit a post, but that doesn't really count. Ramo would deny him on another one of his chances tonight.
Would have been nice to have one of those Brouwer chances go in because the Flames weren't done just yet. Giordano would float one past Elliott to make it a 3-2 game.
Another unlucky bounce for the Blues as that puck would deflect off of Shattenkirk's stick and past Ells. There was really nothing he could do about that.
Can't help to think that Ells was trying to get a goal on this clear.
The Flames would pull Ramo late. The Blues would hold and go on to win 3-2. Their third win in a row. Elliott's first win since October. They end the Flames 7 game winning streak. The Blues hit the road Monday night to take on the Flyers.
Third Star: Brian Elliott (38 saves, turns out can win a game)
Second Star: Colton Parayko (1 goal, didn't need the hard slapper tonight)
First Star: Vladimir Tarasenko (1 goal, 2 assists. on pace for 11ty million first stars of the game)