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Stars Vs. Blues Recap: Blue Monday

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Robby Fabbri, a point streak, and an overtime game winner.

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Blues Lineup:

Forwards: Jaden Schwartz, Paul Stastny, David Perron, Robby Fabbri, Jori Lehtera, Vladimir Tarasenko, Dmitrij Jaskin, Patrik Berglund, Ty Rattie, Ryan Reaves, Kyle Brodziak, Scottie Upshall.

Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester, Alex Pietrangelo, Carl Gunnarsson, Kevin Shattenkirk, Robert Bortuzzo, Colton Parayko

Goaltender: Jake Allen

First Period:

The Blues first period was frankly boring until the second half of it. The Blues managed to not commit the "Stupid penalty of the night". They were getting their chances as well. David Perron, who has a seven game point streak (I'll get to him in a minute.) tries to make it 8 here. Dallas starter block of Swiss Cheese Antti Niemi stops Perron here on a wrist shot to deny the Blues the lead.

The Blues did however find the back of the net minutes later. The Blues marched the puck down the ice and beat Niemi on what was a great pass from Robert Bortuzzo to make it 1-0 good guys. Or was it a good goal? The initial thought was that the goal might have been offsides. Fabbri did his best Stretch Armstrong imitation and it was deemed a good goal. As close as it was, Dallas did not challenge the play. My guess was that they didn't think there was enough evidence to turn the call over.

Jori Lehtera was also credited for an assist on the goal. Shots on goal were 9-4 in favor of the Blues

Second Period:

With the Blues on the powerplay, Patrik Berglund/Alex Pietrangelo/Jaden Schwartz/Bob in the fifth row, scored in a puck skirmish. Niemi makes the initial save, but the ref never blew the play dead. Which turned out to be the right call because it was still loose underneath Niemi. At first it seemed that Berglund had scored. Pietrangelo and Schwartz were also there. Ultimately they gave it to Pietrangelo. Honestly, it doesn't matter, as it counted for the Blues. 2-0 Blues. (For what it's worth, I wanted Berglund to get credit. I mean it is Christmas season and all) Berglund and Colton Parayko get the assists on the goal that gave the Blues that dreaded lead.

Moments later the Blues almost had their third goal of the night. Robby Fabbri was off to the races after receiving a breakout pass from Kyle Brodziak. Fabrri couldn't get it up (the puck) and Niemi was able to make the save.

At the tail end of the period Jamie Oleksiak scores on a beautiful (or shitty depending on how you look at it) goal. He made both Perron and Pietrangelo look like traffic cones. He then beat Jake Allen to cut the lead in half.

Vladimir Tarasenko almost put up goal number three for the Blues but was robbed by a kick save from Niemi

Shots on goal in the second were 12-6 in favor of the Blues for the second period in a row. Despite the Dallas goal, the Blues were clearly the better team.

Third Period:

Dallas received a questionable powerplay in the early stages of the third. While yes, there was stick to body contact, there wasn't enough to justify a hooking call (in my opinion). So of course they then capitalized on said powerplay. Jamie Benn was the one to score the goal. Tie game. After Benn's actions in the second period(Jabbing at Allen after the Whistle/going after guys but cowering away from a challenge/being a general dick face) it would figure.

With a little under 7 minutes to go, David Perron put the Blues ahead. Although as Panger was talking about the goal he called it the game winning goal....Oh boy. Schwartz and Bouwmeester get credits for the assists on the NOT game winning goal. Perron took his point streak up to nine games after being denied on the chance from earlier in the game.

Because this would happen late in the game. It looked like it bounced off Pietrangelo and past Allen. What is a Blues game without drama late in the game?!?

Blues were outshot in the final regulation frame 9-8.

Overtime:

Tarasenko seemed as if he couldn't buy a goal tonight. After that Niemi kicksave, it seemed as if it wasn't gonna happen for ol' 91. After a few moments of overtime Tarasenko got a wide open net. Needless to say Frankenstien's fat foot wasn't even going to save this one.

Ballgame Blues. The Blues were the better team for much of the game tonight. The Stars didn't deserve the point they got, but alas, they got one. The Blues are back at it Thursday night against the Lightning.

From The Twitter Machine:

What they said:

Perron postgame:

Shoutout to Jamie Benn for throwing a hissy fit. WHAT DID THAT GOAL POST EVER DO TO YOU JAMIE?!?!?

Player of the game:

Robby Fabbri. Scored a goal, could/should have been two. Said swear words. That porn stash though...