Forwards - Alexander Steen/Paul Stastny/David Perron, Robby Fabbri/Jaden Schwartz/Vladimir Tarasenko, Jori Lehtera/Patrik Berglund/Nail Yakupov, Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen - Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo, Brad Hunt/Kevin Shattenkirk, Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko
Goaltender - Jake Allen
Vladimir Tarasenko celebrated a birthday today. He almost celebrated it with a goal. Nashville starter Pekka Rinne had other ideas. Come on man, it's his birthday!
On the faceoff after this save, Shattenkirk puts the Blues up 1-0 off of a pair of pants in front of the net. Tarasenko did get credit for an assist, so I guess that'll have to do for the birthday gift.
Late in the period the Blues scored on a goal from *wait you're sure this is right?* Ryan Reaves again. The no look pass from Brodziak gave Reaves the look he needed to bury the puck. 2-0, and things were looking good after one.
Early in the second period, the Blues earn their only powerplay of the game. Brad Hunt, still taking advantage of Carl Gunnarsson being out, scores his first goal as a Blue. Tarasenko get's his second birthday point. I guess he gets ice cream now or something. Everyone's feeling great at this point right?
James Neal is the ruiner of good feelings apparently. He scores off of a faceoff to make it 3-1. No biggie. Still have a two goal lead. They have Jake Allen in net. They'll weather this storm.
A few minutes later, Jake Allen would've let Forsberg drive through his five hole with a tank if he'd had one. 3-2. That good feeling's starting to go away.
Thank god the second period ended with only two Predators goals to be honest. Jake Allen did make some saves in the period. Here's the video proof.
Oh Justin, it's just the shitty second period. The Blues bounced back in the third...right?
NOPE. In fact not only would the Predators tie it, but they score four total goals in the period. The game tying goal came from 70's porn star Ryan Johansen. Not only did the Preds score, but the Blues were gonna get nailed for a tripping call. Great start to the period.
But wait, there's more misery! Mike Fisher and his Carrie Underwood marrying ass scores the go ahead goal. Good effort from Berglund on the play who rather have his hands up in protest.
It just goes from bad to worse. (By the way if you're still reading this hoping for more Blues highlights...have a good night because there aren't anymore.) Mike Ribeiro makes it 5-3 Preds. It also fills Nashville's quota for players with the first name of Mike scoring a goal.
And just because you aren't miserable enough Mr. Carrie Underwood scores an empty net goal getting us to our final of 6-3.
It's a road game. I get it. That was one of the worst games of the year. Home away, on the moon, whatever. It was shit. They play again Thursday night. They're home against the Devils. Funny enough, that was the team they beat on the road trip. And actually had a great game on the road. They do happen, just not tonight.
From The Twitter Machine:
Hot takes usually come after losses. This is probably one of them.
Please @StLouisBlues fire Hitchcock maybe Yeo can get this team to play 60 minutes of Hockey. Hitch obviously can't.— Robert did it (@jipjam2003) December 14, 2016
They must know we need a drink or 5 while watching their product on the ice...Hope Brett saved us some!
He's had a lot of off ice time to practice...
Alex Pietrangelo post game...ugh.
Player of the Game:
David Perron. He played in his 600th NHL game tonight.