After blowing a three goal lead to Philadelphia last night, the Blues were right back at it against the Bruins in Boston. Jake Allen would start once again tonight for the Blues. Tuukka Rask would get the start tonight for the Bruins. Your forward lines would see Captain Umlaut return to the top line (Paajarvi) with Stastny and Tarasenko. Steen would move back down with Backes and Brouwer. A change to the third and fourth lines tonight as Upshall would be up on the third line with Fabbri and Lehtera. Your fourth line would see new guy Jordan Coran along with Jaskin and Reaves. Your defensive parings would also look a little different as Carl Gunnarsson would sit out. Bouwmeester and Pietrangelo of course, Parayko and Shattenkirk and the return of Bortuzzo along with Edmundson.
The Blues came out firing tonight. For a team that played the night before they didn't show it. Just 26 seconds into the game Troy Brouwer would look to put the Blues on the board early.
Hitch made an interesting call when he said Allen would start tonight instead of Brian Elliott. You would figure after last night that maybe Elliott would see some ice time tonight. Not the case. Allen would see to it that Hitch did not regret that decision. He looked strong early on tonight.
Not to be out done Rask made some excellent saves on his end of the ice as well. Here he denies Steen on the backhand.
I heard Matt "I probably got paid way too much" Beleskey's name often in the first, but it was usually because he was being denied by Allen.
Tie game at the end of one.
Second period was much like the first in that both teams had decent chances, but couldn't get past either goaltender. Blues were on the attack early again as this time Alexander Steen would almost get one by Rask
Too bad almost doesn't count. Steen had an eventful second period as he would also hit the post later. He also would block a shot and leave the bench for a few moments. He would return with no harm done. Again both goalies doing work on the ice in the second. David Backes would be denied right in front by Rask. The Bruins would then take it down the ice themselves only to be denied by Allen.
Save of the period alert. Allen would absolutely rob Brad Marchand. So much for tired legs.
The Blues would be rewarded with their first power play of the night in the second period. It has been one of the bright spots for the team as of late. Nothing doing tonight though.
The Blues and Bruins were still tied at zero after two.
Just keep in mind that the Blues are 7-0-0 when tied after two. Just keep that thought in the back of your head. While both goalies were having decent games, it was time for a couple of players to mix things up. Complete with Christmas music.
Jack Edwards singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"...during a fight. pic.twitter.com/LgcYWjEqfG
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 23, 2015
The game would finally see its first goal of the night. Magnus Paajarvi would find Tarasenko. Tarasenko would do the rest and bury one past Rask for a 1-0 good guy lead.
It would be Tarasenko's 22nd(!) goal of the year with Paajarvi(3) and Backes(11) getting the assists. The Blues weren't done though as they were coming on strong in the third. Rask would deny Stastny on the doorstep with a brilliant save.
The Blues would find the back of the net again. This time Robby Fabbri would just flat out beat Rask with an incredible shot.
Fabbri notches his 7th of the year. Pietrangelo(11) and Bouwmeester(8) would get the assists on the play. With all this offense one might forget about Allen. Nah.
The Bruins would pull Rask with about two and a half minutes left. Jake and the Blues would stand tall. (Stastny would also hit a goalpost with an empty net...)
The Blues played an excellent game tonight after laying that egg last night. The Blues are now 8-0-0 after being tied after two. (See I told you to remember that) Jake Allen gets his 5th shutout of the year. The Blues are now off for the Christmas break and will take on the Stars on Saturday.
Third Star: Tuukka Rask (29 saves. Didn't give us a tantrum tonight)
Second Star: Vladimir Tarasenko (1 goal. Not getting coal in his stocking)
First Star: Jake Allen (32 saves, shutout, not a real snake)