The St. Louis Blues were at home tonight against the New Jersey Devils at Scottrade Center. Brian Elliott would get the start as of course Jake Allen is sidelined. With all of the injuries suffered as of late the Blues lines would look like this: Fabbri, Lehtera, Tarasenko...Berglund, Backes, Rattie...Upshall, Steen, Brouwer...and your fourth line of Jaskin, Brozdiak and Reaves. Your defensive pairings would also see some changes tonight as Shattenkirk would see time with Pietrangelo. Butler would be paired with Parayko, and finally Edmundson would play with Bortuzzo.
The Devils wouldn't start off fast at all. In fact, they wouldn't get their first shot on goal until five minutes into the first period. The Blues would have a couple of shots early, but nothing spectacular. That is until Patrik Berglund would get to the front of the net on the powerplay and slam one past Keith Kinkaid for a 1-0 Blues lead midway through the first:
It's Berglund's second goal of the season. Alex Steen (25) and Parayko (11) would get the assists on the play. The Blues would take advantage of the man advantage. Hey oh! However, two minutes later the Devils put a damper on the Blues first period lead.
Thought the post was supposed to be a goalie's friend? Not so much as Farnham would ring one off the pipe and in as the Devils tied it at one. But hey at least the Blues only blew a one goal lead. I kid. But seriously am I right? But wait, there's more. Former Blue Lee Stempniak would unbreak the 1-1 tie with about 5 minutes left in the period.
In what should have been 3-1 Devils, Brian Elliott would somehow keep Blandisi from scoring on multiple chances/rebounds.
Scottie Upshall doing work for this goal just a few minutes later. Begins the play on the dump in and gets rewarded for his hard work with his fifth goal of the year.
Troy Brouwer (9) and Alex Steen (26) would get the assists. (Just a side note, shoutout to FSMW for showing Stillman after every thing that's gone on with the Rams and Kroenke today. That's for another time though) The Blues would tie the game at two. But where would they take it from here? Would they digress into the same horrid second period team we've seen for awhile now or would they break out of the norm? Well Ells was doing his part to make sure the game stayed 2-2. Here he denies Schlemko on the doorstep with the Devils on the power play.
The Blues would break the tie late in the second period. Berglund once again in front of the net plays just the tip on an Alex Pietrangelo shot. Also have to mention that the Blues were on the powerplay...again.
Berglund gets his third goal of the year (and maybe som haters off of his back) with Pietrangelo(16) and Lehtera(14) getting assists on the play. The Blues would avoid those second period...Blues...and have a 3-2 lead at the end of two.
It only took two and a half minutes into the third period to make it a 4-2 game and that dreaded two goal lead. Ty Rattie gets his first ever NHL goal as he would deflect a Kevin Shattenkirk shot past Kinkaid.
Shattenkirk(18) and Fabbri(5) would wind up getting assists on the goal. Of note on that goal, the Devils would try and challenge the goal citing goalie interference. Clearly it wasn't and the Blues had a comfortable two goal cushion. (After the past two weeks, maybe not). With the two goal lead the Devils would start to get dirty, stupid whatever you want to call it. Tootoo would try and start things with Ryan Reaves, but Reaves would have nothing of it...at first. Until this happened. I don't understand this other than he was just doing it to be a dick. The puck was no where near Farnham or Jaskin and he had no business of laying out Jaskin like that. (He did get a 5 minute major and a game misconduct.)
Reaves would finally take on Tootoo. Not that there was much to it other than Reaves laid Tootoo out with one or two punches.
Gotta love the guys jumping in there for each other. The Blues weren't done scoring yet either. With about 30 seconds left, Captain Dave would launch the puck at the empty net and score to put the nail in the coffin for the Devils tonight.
Backes gets his 12th of the year. The Blues would get the 5-2 win and hold on to that two goal lead that they've failed to hold as of late. Hitch gets win number 200 with the Blues. The Blues would get their first regulation win since December 22nd. The Devils haven't won in St. Louis since 2008. The Blues will be right back at it on Thursday against the Hurricanes. Kroenke sucks.
Third Star: Brian Elliott (22 of 24 saves, Not moving to LA)
Second Star: Ty Rattie (1 goal, not a rat.)
First Star: Patrik Berglund (2 goals, slowly winning me back over)