The Blues traveled to Anaheim tonight to take on the
Mighty Ducks. Jake Allen would be your starter (more on him in a minute). The forward lines were: Steen, Stastny, Brouwer...Paajarvi, Backes, Berglund...Fabbri, Lehtera, Tarasenko and Jaskin, Brodziak, Reaves. The D-parings would see a switch tonight with Gunnarsson playing with Shattenkirk and Edmundson and Parayko pairing together. The other pairing of course would be Bouwmeester and Pietrangelo.
Just three minutes into the game, Ryan Kesler would make it 1-0 Ducks.
That wouldn't be the only bad thing that happened to the Blues in the first. Both Paul Stastny and Jay Bouwmeester would leave the games with "upper body" injuries and would not return. In the case of Stastny, he was hit in the head by a deflection off of a Ducks players skate. Bouwmeester took a hard hit from Ryan Getzlaf and didn't look right after it happened.
The second period started out a little better for the good guys than the first. An unlikely face would score for the Blues in the form a Ryan Reaves.
It's Reaves' second goal of the year. Patrik Berglund(1) gets his first assist of the year and Joel Edmundson(3) would get credit for an assist as well. The Blues weren't done yet though. Troy Brouwer just walks in and snipes one past Gibson for a 2-1 Blues lead.
Brouwer scores his 8th of the year with Edmundson(4) getting another helper on the play. You heard Darren Pang ellude to getting Brian Elliott ready. Before this goal Corey Perry would be pushed into Allen. Allen appeared to be favoring one of his legs.
Ryan Kesler is not going to be getting any birthday cards from Vladimir Tarasenko anytime soon. Kesler would basically go after Jori Lehtera (ok, no basically, he did) and Tarasenko took exception to it. Needless to say this was the result.
Backes was going after Kesler, but saw that Tarasenko was already engaged. Or enraged. Well, both really.
Brian Elliott was not going to get the night off as he may have thought.
Robby Fabbri. He's been on fire. Or maybe call him butter because he's on a roll. Whatever you want to call it, he's been great. Nothing new here.
Fabbri's tenth of the season with Alex Pietrangelo(15) getting an assist. So the dreaded (as of late) two goal lead is back. Well maybe not.
Was anyone else looking for an interference call there? Well there wasn't one and it's 3-2 Blues now at the end of two with a Tarasenko fight and a Reaves goal. Just like everyone had it, right?
The Blues decided they were going to take this period off tonight as opposed to the second period. They were outshot 19-2 in the third. Not only that, but the Ducks would convert on the powerplay to tie the game.
So once again the Blues would blow a two goal lead. It's not funny anymore guys. (Not that it ever was)
The Fabbri-less overtime was not what the Blues wanted. Well it's not what I wanted, but it's what they gave us. The Blues and Ducks would go scoreless in the overtime period. Therefore we would move to the skills portion of the evening.
Reminder...Brian Elliott good in any other situation but the shootout.
Shatty with the chance to keep it going....
Not so much and the Blues would fall to the Ducks 4-3 in the shootout. The Blues are now 0-9-1 in their last 10 at Honda Center. They go right back at it tomorrow night against the Kings in LA.
#stlblues outscored 8-0 in the past 5 3rd periods. They're 0-2-3 past 5 games with game tied/leading going into 3rd. Were 19-1-1 previously.— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) January 9, 2016
Third Star: Alex Pietrangelo (1 assist. Suck it haters? I guess?)
Second Star: Corey Perry (1 goal, fell on Elliott too. "Shocker" - Panger)
First Star: Ryan Kesler (2 goals, probably has the Russian mob on him now or something)