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Blackhawks Vs. Blues Recap: Showdown At The STC Corral

Jake Allen and Corey Crawford put on a clinic, but the bad guy wins in this movie.

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Blues Lineup:

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

Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester, Alex Pietrangelo, Carl Gunnarsson (Happy Birthday) Kevin Shattenkirk, Petteri Lindbohm, Colton Parayko

Goaltender: Jake Allen

Game Highlights:

I don't normally do this, but tonight was a special night. The Blues are looking to start a new tradition. As it was military appreciation night, they asked the fans to sing instead of a normal singer. (Don't get me wrong I love Charles. The Navy gentleman is great too.) The fans (even the ones in read) nailed it.

The Blues first period was one of the better ones they've played this year. The Blues were able to kill off a lengthy 5-on-3 and didn't give up an even strength shot on net until midway though the first. During that 5-on-3 Jake Allen also played a huge part in keeping the game knotted at 0. Brent Seabiscuit Seabrook blasts a wide open shot.

Corey Crawford was also on top of his game tonight unfortunately. Midway through the first with the Blues on the powerplay, he denies David Perron's one timer.

The Blackhawks scored first tonight however, as Marian Hossa scores his 7th goal of the year.

The Blues got their best chance of the night when Vladimir Tarasenko had a wide open net. Or so he thought. Crawford was able to get over just in time to preserve the 'Hawks 1-0 lead. If only Vladdy had gotten it a little higher eh?

The Blues finally broke through though. Late in the game Alex Pietrangelo ties it up. The goal was challenged by Chicago (because of course) but they didn't win it. It was challenged after it had looked as if Jori Lehtera made contact with Crawford. The contact was initiated by Crawford however and the goal counted.

The captain giveth, the captain also taketh away. Late in the period the Blues were called for a delay of game penalty after Pietrangelo fired the puck over the glass. The Blues forced overtime. However as the penalty expired Artemi Panarin Bread ended the game.

The Blues steal a point in a game in which frankly they could(even should have) won. They (or we) for that matter don't have time to think about it though as they are right back at it tomorrow night.

From The Twitter Machine:

Jake Allen meet...Jake Allen

In case you've been living under a rock, the Blues unveiled the new Winter Classic sweater today. (Even though some bonehead at NHL dot com did it a few day before)

Speaking of the Winter classic, the Alumni game roster is getting announced tomorrow before the Predators game.

Captain wasn't too thrilled about his late penalty.

And finally...As mentioned above..Happy Birthday to Carl Gunnarsson. Dammit Carl!

Player of the game:

Jake Allen is tonight's pick. He stopped 28 out of 30 shots faced. Was the second star of the game.