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Canes Vs. Blues Recap: May The Force Rock You Like A Hurricane

Something, Something, Something...Dark Side.

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Your Blues would take on the Carolina Hurricanes at Scottrade tonight. Brian Elliott would get the start in net tonight. Paul Stastny would return to the lineup after taking a puck to the head. (ouch!)  Your forward lines for the Blues were: Fabbri, Lehtera, Tarasenko...Steen, Stastny, Brouwer...Upshall, Backes, Berglund, and Jaskin, Brodziak, Reaves. Your defensive parings were: Shattenkirk, Pietrangelo...Butler, Parayko...and Edmundson, Bortuzzo. Of note before puck drop it was Ells' 300th NHL game. Also, something else pretty cool happened:

First Period:

While both teams had power play chances, neither was able to put a puck in the net. Elliott comes out of the net to deny a WIDE OPEN Slavin.

Robby Fabbri. Good at hockey. But you all knew this. Here he takes the puck away and gets a pretty great chance on net. Although I did find his Lack of a goal disturbing:

Kyle Brozdiak has a sneakily good shot when he's able to get it on net. He's almost able to get one by Lack on a slapper. Lack saved the majority of the shot, but it still trickled past and almost went in.

The Blues and Canes would be scoreless after one.

Second Period:

The Blues and Canes played a pretty even first period. And then it just went down hill from there. Jeff Skinner would break the 0-0 tie with his 17th of the year on a rebound. Skinner was wide open and banked in the rebound.

Just a few seconds later he almost made it 2-0...

Elliott was definitely busier in the second period as the Canes had plenty of chances. The Blues looked lifeless. Seemed to have no help in front of him whatsoever. It was one of those periods (game really) that you felt bad for the goalie. At least I did. The Blues would have another power play chance, but again, wouldn't score. Pietrangelo would hit the post though...

The Blues had their chances but Lack, not lacking in saves tonight would keep them off the score sheet. Line juggling would start as well as at one point Tarasenko would be with Lehtera and Berglund. Didn't help though as the Blues would still be down 1-0 after two.

Third Period:

Just flat out of gas. No energy. Elliott could only do so much. And it wasn't enough. The Canes would break through on the power play and make it a 2-0 game thanks to Brett Pesce.

As if being down 2-0 wasn't bad enough...Alex Steen would take a stick to the face on that shift and would not return. Things wouldn't get any better for the home team. Brock McGin makes it 3-0 off of a faceoff.

Totally outplayed by Carolina in the second and third periods. And Elliott would be pulled after the third goal. Needless to say he was not happy. Can't say I blame him.

With that Jordan Binnington would make his NHL debut. Time to wake up Blues. And they would. Jori Lehtera would provide a glimmer of hope as he gets one past Lack to make it 3-1.

Lehtera gets his 5th goal of the year. Edmundson (5) would get the only assist on the play.

Unfortunately Riley Nash would put to rest any idea of a Blues comeback. Although, with the way the Blues looked, it wasn't going to happen.

The Blues fall to the Canes 4-1 on Star Wars night. The Blues power play would go 0-4. Blues were outshot 28-24, but were outshot 15-5(!) in the second period. The Blues return to action Saturday against the Canadiens.

Three Stars:

Third Star: Ron Hainsey (1 assist, probably thinks Jar-Jar Binks is a Sith Lord or something)

Second Star: Brett Pesce (1 goal, Thought Luke and Leia were a great couple)

First Star: Not having Star Wars night in St. Louis ever again...or Jeff Skinner (1 goal, 1 assist) you decide.