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Game 4 Recap: Blues Get The Dubya

Questions from game 3 answered with a statement win in game 4.

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight was as close to a must win game for the St. Louis Blues as you could get without it being an elimination game. After a dreadful game three the Blues needed a spark in game four. Spark would be an understatement as they looked all but dead in game three. Tonight in goal for the Blues would be Jake Allen. Devan Dubnyk would get the start for the Wild. As far as forward lines would go, old is new again for the good guys. Steen/Backes/Oshie, Schwartz/Lehtera/Tarasenko, Berglund/Stastny/Jaskin and Porter/Ott/Reaves. Defensive parings would be Pietrangelo/Bouwmeester,Shattenkirk/Gunnarson, and Jackman/Michalek.

First Period:

The Blues needed a better start. Obviously. Tonight they would get that great start. Awesome, amazing, wonderful start. You get the idea. Just five and a half minutes into the game the Blues would open the scoring. From someone you might not think of:

That's right, Ryan Reaves would get the Blues started off. Those Allen chants as the Blues were scoring probably made that goal ten times more awesome than it was. Not to be outdone by his fourth line counterpart, Vladdy Tarasenko would find the back of the net about a minute and a half later:

Shattenkirk picks up yet another assist on the Tarasenko goal. Moving forward, the Blues were having a much better first period than they've had in who knows how long. They weren't done yet though. David Backes got to the front of the net and good things happened.

Keep in mind, this was all in about 10 minutes! Not only did the Blues have a spark, they had a rocket up their ass. To be honest, this was probably one of the best first periods the Blues played all year. Allen would be tested few and far between. The chances the Wild would get, Jake would be up to the task. The only real issue was at the end of the period when Steve Ott took a stupid penalty giving the Wild their first powerplay of the night.

Second Period:

The Ott penalty would come back to bite the Blues.

Of course right? The Blues had all the momentum. Killing that penalty would have done a lot to kill what confidence the Wild had at that point. But I digress. It was still 3-1 and the Blues didn't completely look like garbage in a second period for once. In fact it was more of the same for the boys in blue that we saw in the first. Just when you thought the crowd and the Wild were right back in the game Paul Stastny would kill off any thought of that.

It's proven that Tarasenko is a human highlight reel on the ice. Well this is one of the many reason's why.

Shades of New York on that beautiful goal. Also lost on that play was the pass from Lehtera to set Tarasenko up for 'tthat chance. Berglund would cap off the Blues scoring. He did it all on his own.

The Blues chased Dubnyk and finally exposed him. Figured it would have happened sooner, but the floodgates officially opened tonight. The Berglund goal would be the end of Dubnyk though as Darcy Kuemper would replace him. It looked like this game was over at the end of the second. The Blues were dominating. 6-1 would be the score at the end of two

Third Period:

The third would see both teams go into sleep mode. The Blues would get another powerplay, but nothing would come of it. No real fights or scrums in the third. I can respect the Wild for doing that. It was time to play for another day. Toward the end of the game a Wild player would go down on Tarasenko's leg and he would limp off the ice. He would get right back out though. Still a scary moment though. Think that Tarasenko would be missed if he did go down? You'd be right. Shoot the puck more Vladdy!

The Blues haven't done this since 2003.

Jake Allen hasn't allowed more than two goals in this series. Who would have ever thought that? The Blues played that complete game that everyone always talks about. They backed up all of the talk about playing better and playing at a higher level. Yes, it was only one game, but what a helluva game it was. 6-1 was your final score. The Blues come back home to Scottrade Friday night. If you're going be loud proud and buy a paper!