The St. Louis Blues were at good ol' Scottrade tonight to take on those guys from up north the Ottawa Senators. Line combinations were as follows: Steen and Stastny would find themselves with yet another linemate in Troy Brouwer. Berglund would be with Backes and Paajarvi. Fabbri and Lehtera would find themselves with Vladimir Tarasenko tonight. And Jaskin would be centering Upshall and Reaves. Your D-pairings would be Bouwmeester and Pietrangelo per usual. Edmundson would be with Shattenkirk, and finally Gunnarsson would be with Parayko. Brian Elliott and his Cujo pads would be in net for the Blues.
The Sens looked like they were going to give fits to the Blues early tonight. Ells would deny a great chance early...with his bottom. To be honest, it didn't even look like he knew where it was.
The Blues and Sens both had power play opportunities in the first tonight. Neither could capitalize though. Goalies being a big part of that. Brian Elliott and others do their part in killing off the Sens powerplay.
Vladimir Tarasenko gets a great chance here on the Blues powerplay later in the period. Hammond would be up to the challenge unfortunately.
The Blues would get on the board first tonight. Brouwer would take the pass from Steen and streak in for his seventh goal of the season.
Alexander Steen(23) and Paul Stastny(14) would get the assists.
Carl Gunnarsson finally had fisticuffs in the NHL! Well, if you want to call it that.
After the first, it was 1-0 good guys. The Blues would actually be outshot 13 to 11 in the first period. Zibanejad would also leave very early in the first after taking a stick to the face. He would not return.
The Blues would have two more power play chances in the second. The second one looked better than the one they had in the first. (Only one shot) but couldn't capitalize. But as they say, the third time is the charm for Kevin Shattenkirk. He would blast one past Hammond and give the Blues a two goal lead.
It would be Shattenkirk's eighth of the year. Steen(24) and Tarasenko(18) would get the assists on the play. The Blues would keep pushing. Here's Shattenkirk with another good chance on Hammond:
Late in the second though, the Senators would finally break their scoreless streak. Thanks to a dumb holding the stick call on Gunnarsson, the Sens would get a powerplay chance.
The lead is now just 1 as it would be 2-1 after two.
Bobby Ryan would tie the game for the Sens. It would come on the Sens power play after a dumb penalty committed by Jay Bouwmeester. Who really did NOT have a good game tonight.
Not only would he tie the game but he and his Sens cohorts would continue to get chances on Elliott. Here Ryan swoops in and puts a backhand on net.
With the game tied at two the Blues would go to overtime. The Blues have been outscored 10-1 in the third period over the last 5 games. So much for them being a third period team.
In the overtime period, the Blues were apparently unaware that you actually had to shoot the puck on net to score. Passing though. That was on lockdown. As it was all night as there were many missed opportunities to shoot, but again, guys chose to pass. Well it finally bit the Blues. Bobby Ryan would put us all out of our misery with his second goal of the game.
Two goal leads eh? The Blues lose 3-2 in overtime. To a team that played last night. On home ice. That hadn't scored in about a game and a half or something. (It was over 170 minutes, I do know that) See where I'm going with this? The Blues now hit the road against Colorado, Anaheim, and LA in their next three games. It's not going to get any easier.
Third Star: Erik Karlsson (1 assist. Looks like Kid Rock)
Second Star: Kevin Shattenkirk (1 goal, probably hates Kid Rock)
First Star: Bobby Ryan (2 goals, 1 assist, probably still a dick)