Forwards: Robby Fabbri-Paul Stastny-Alexander Steen, Jori Lehtera-Jaden Schwartz-Vladimir Tarasenko, David Perron-Patrik Berglund-Nail Yakupov, Dmitrij Jaskin-Kyle Brodziak-Ryan Reaves
Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester-Alex Pietrangelo, Robert Bortuzzo-Kevin Shattenkirk, Joel Edmundson- Colton Parayko
Goaltender: Jake Allen
The Blues and Red Wings clashed at Scottrade in a matchup of former rivals. (I mean if you think it's still a huge rivalry more power to you. Only playing them twice has made it lose it's luster to me.) The Blues looked like a completely different team from the one that played Calgary Tuesday. As mentioned above, Jake Allen got the start. He was tested just a minute and a half into the game by Henrik Zetterberg.
The first goal however belonged to the Blues. While on the power play, Kevin Shattenkirk scored after Berglund won the face off. Shattenkirk blasted the puck off of Frans Nielsen's skate past Wings starter Petr Mrazek for the 1-0 Blues lead.
In that first period the Blues had 14 shots on net including a goal. In Tuesday's clash they had all of 11 in the first two periods combined. Stark contrast. Allen was playing well. Midway through the second with the Red Wings on the powerplay he makes back to back stops to keep it 1-0 Blues.
However, later in the second with the Blues on the powerplay Nielsen's name would come up again. Only this time it wasn't for a good reason. The Blues turn the puck over, and that led to a shorthanded goal. Gotta protect that post there Snake.
In the middle of the third period Jaden Schwartz would have a prime opportunity to score the second Blues powerplay goal of the night. Mrazek was up to the task however. Schwartz had plenty of chances tonight actually. He either missed wide. (Brad Boyes like) or Mrazek made the save. In this case, it was the latter.
Needless to say, in a game that the Blues should have one...This one went to overtime. If you actually got to watch the game, you probably had several small heart attacks. Not sure you did on this Jori Lehtera breakaway or not though...
Allen makes a HUGE save at the end of overtime to guarantee the gimmick finish. (Honestly, it probably should have been a penalty shot on the penalty) Steen would be the only Blue to score in the shootout that saw Blues (in this order) Steen, Tarasenko, Shattenkirk, Perron, Fabbri, Berglund, and Jaskin. On the other side, it was that Zetterberg finally put us all out of our misery.
Blues lose to the Red Wings 2-1 in the shootout. They also lost Bortuzzo late in the game. He appeared to have taken a hit, in front of the bench. Looked like his leg. The Blues take on the Kings Saturday. Buy a paper/tip your vendor.
From the Twitter Machine:
Just in from the "this is not good" department:
Last time a forward scored for #stlblues: 138:10 since Perron scored with goalie in net, 125:39 since Steen's empty-netter.— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) October 28, 2016
Post game with the guy that has actually scored in the last two games...
Hitch must be dusting off the line combo dart board for Saturday night.
Hitch says the Blues aren't finishing. Too many one and done chances, so he says he needs to change the line combinations.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) October 28, 2016
Jake Allen and two Red Wings fucks.