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Recap: Blues Beat Leafs Because Of Course They Did

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Domination. Blowout. I could go on.

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The Blues traveled back up north tonight to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs, who by all accounts are waiting to schedule end of season tee times, started Jonathan Bernier in net. On the flip side the Blues look to improve their playoff standing with a win. Brian Elliott would get the practice, er start in net tonight. Of note for the Blues, Jay Bouwmeester would sit out tonight with flu like symptoms. Chris Butler would replace him in the lineup. Olli Jokinen would also start tonight in place of Marcel Goc.

First Period:

The Blues haven't had the greatest of starts the last few first periods. Not tonight. Goals aplenty in the first. It was nice for once. While yeah, it's the Leafs, the Blues should do this against these types of teams. Dmitrij Jaskin would try a wrap around early on. If this were a wrestling match, I truly believe that would be his finisher. The Leafs wouldn't get a shot on goal until the 11 minute mark. One of the few shots on goal would be from our old pal Joakim Lindstrom. Proving that he does SOMETHING. (Could have fooled me.) Steve Ott would try to fight. Didn't work out as he got decked by a huge uppercut. It was worthless really Steven. Jaden Schwartz would later open up the scoring for the good guys. What. A. Shot:

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Thanks for the screen Brewer. Later on in the period, T.J. Oshie would score on a sick backhander. Nothing that Bernier could do here:

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Sick mitts indeed. Not to be outdone, Vladimir Tarasenko would join in the first period goal party. Have I mentioned this kids got a sick shot at least when he wants to shoot:

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Foot on the gas. Let's go.

Second Period:

More of the same for the good guys. Except it wasn't Bernier in net anymore. It was James Reimer. (I mean if you're a Leafs fan does it honestly matter at this point?) Dion Phaneuf isn't always playing a traffic cone on TV:

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Ref needed to blow the whistle sooner. Also, TJ, keep your head up kid. That was one of few highlights for the Leafs in this period too. But hey, the Blues weren't done. The aforementioned Butler wanted in on the fun too:

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Which by the way, that goal was shorthanded. In that sequence the Blues would score the 10th shorthanded goal allowed by the Leafs this year. Ouch.  Paul Stastny doesn't like being left out either:

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Finally a powerplay goal for the Blues. It made me forget about Shattenkirk for a few moments anyway. (By the way if you hadn't seen, Shattenkirk is skating again, so there's a good sign).

Third Period:

Someone mentioned shutout didn't they:

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I mean there was nothing that Ells could really do on this one. So, not too mad, but really hoping for the shutout. Later on David Backes (who hates Canada) would score off of...Roman Polak:

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Well, that's a little awkward. Roman would go on later to literally pick Ryan Reaves up off of the ice. Some fans (myself included) were hoping that maybe Ryan would open that door. Instead both would get penalties. More so against Polak as he got a 10 minute misconduct and thus would be out of the game. He was not a happy camper as he was seen walking down the tunnel slamming his stick on things. Sorry buddy. But hey at least you got an "A".

That would be it folks. The Blues would go on to the 6-1 win. Elliott would get the win. He saw all of 24 shots tonight. On the flip side the Blues would shoot 44 on net. (Wow.) A much better effort from the Blues D-men tonight. I think the team needed a win like this. That Philly loss stung. (At least it did me) Great bounce back effort. The boys return home Tuesday night to take on the Jets.