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Recap: Blues Lose In Philly...Wait, What?

Despite being up 1-0 most of game, well, it went down hill from there.

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After being off for four nights and a trade deadline, the St. Louis Blues looked to gain some ground on the Nashville Predators. The only thing that stood in their way was Steve Mason and the Philadelphia Flyers. Sounds kind of promising right? Well we could holy hope. Brian Elliott was in goal once again for the good guys. Tonight marked the debut of one of the Blues acquisitions Robert Bortuzzo. It also marked the birthday of Blues D-man Barrett Jackman. That didn't impact the game, but figured I'd throw something nice in. It just goes downhill from here. By downhill I mean off of a cliff.

First Period:

The Blues came out looking like they wanted to make up that ground on Nashville. Getting some good looking chances early on. The Blues would also give up the obligatory 2 on 1, but Ells would hold off the attempt. Vladimir Tarasenko would get into the mix early in this game. I'm not even sure how he got this shot off to be honest, as the two Flyers were all over him.

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More Vladimir later in the period. He would steal a pass and then feed it to Jaden Schwartz for a 1-0 lead:

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Good feelings in the land.

Second Period:

More good feelings abound in the second period as the Blues would continue to hold the one nothing lead. Here's a decent chance for two players that can't seem to catch a break. Alex Pietrangelo and Paul Stastny.

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I swear now that Berglund is playing better and my personal favorite Ian Cole is gone, Pietrangelo gets to claim the scape goat honor. But that's for another time and place. And hopefully one of my fellow Gametimer's would tackle that subject. ANYWAY, Elliott would keep on keeping on and deny some pretty plays from the Flyers. To include a chance from ol' spidey bones himself Carlo Colaiacivo. I will say that I was impressed with him finishing a whole game without getting hurt. But I'm getting ahead of myself here.

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On to the third we go.

Third Period:

This is the part of the recap that the wheels fall off because the Blues decided to shit the bed. That by all accounts is being nice about it. The Flyers, would play their hearts out, asses off, whatever cliche that you want to use. Here's Michael Del Zotto killing the good vibe:

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It's 1-1 guys. Cool. No big deal Ells is playing good hockey right now. It's Steve Mason. What harm could come of that?

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It didn't help Pietrangelo's cause tonight that he blew a tire on what would lead to a goal. Guess it's his fault that the Blues couldn't score on STEVE GD MASON.The Flyers would add an empty netter in what would be a 3 goal period for them and go on to win 3-1. Pietrangelo, despite the interwebz telling me otherwise, would have one of his best games this year. Fight me on that. Because before the third he was playing great hockey. They all were. Elliott would stop 28 shots in the loss. Mason would stop 28 out of 29 to pick up the win. I've just learned that Nashville has lost so that helps out the cause.

The Blues go back up to the great white north, or the land of Tim Horton's or something, to take on the Leafs Saturday.