Forwards: Jaden Schwartz/Paul Stastny/Nail Yakupov, Robby Fabbri/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen/Patrik Berglund/David Perron, Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen: Joel Edmundson/Alex Pietrangelo, Brad Hunt/Kevin Shattenkirk, Colton Parayko/Jay Bouwmeester
Goaltender: Jake Allen
As noted above, the lineup went through the official Hitch lineup generator. The results were less than promising to start. Bouwmeester had the first real Blues scoring chance. (That should tell you something right there.) Devils starter Cory Schneider stops the effort though, and keeps the game scoreless.
It remained that way until the Blues were on the powerplay. After a Blues turnover, Adam Henrique nets a backhander past Jake Allen for the 1-0 Devils lead. You thought I was going to talk about how the Blues scored on the powerplay didn't you?
The Devils weren't done just yet. A few moments later the Devils take advantage of a weird/lucky bounce and Miles Wood was there to capitalize to make it 2-0 bad guys. If you're keeping track, that's now 8 straight goals the Blues gave up dating back to last game with the Predators.
Jake Allen kept the Devils from making it 3-0 in the first after stopping the initial shot from John Moore and subsequent rebound chances.
It wasn't all doom and gloom for the Blues in the first. With about three minutes to go in the period, Vladimir Tarasenko cuts the deficit to one. Tarasenko scores on a shot from a weird angle and it found light and ended up in the back of the net. (Sorry for the NHL 17 camera angle. Thanks FSMW!)
Just moments into the period, Robby Fabbri takes a shot that deflects off of Jori Lehtera's stick and into the back of the net. Tie game. This also means that Lehtera will be with Tarasenko for another month.
Tarasenko ends up being part of the go ahead goal as well, but this time it was more for his passing skill. Tarasenko finds a wide open Alex Pietrangelo in front of the net. The pass was so good that I probably could have scored the goal. Nevertheless the captain was there to deposit one of his easiest goals ever. The Blues are now up by one at 3-2.
The Blues haven't scored a shorthanded goal yet this year. (If my memory hasn't been destroyed by shots for goals) Brodziak almost changed that. Schwartz feeds Brodziak the puck who puts the initial shot on net. Schneider apparently didn't realize that the puck wasn't completely covered and Brodziak nearly scores from a loose puck in front.
On the same Devils powerplay, Tarasenko wanted to take his own shot at a short handed goal.
Nail Yakupov went from press box to first line tonight. He took advantage of the opportunity. I feel he played a hard game tonight. He was rewarded with a goal midway through the third. Not that it was a pretty goal. Yak's shot bounced off a defensemen and went over Schneider and into the net. 4-2 Blues.
And the icing on the cake comes from a guy who couldn't buy a goal. Berglund slides the puck into the back of the empty net to give the Blues the 5-2 lead and the win. Was I the only one thinking that he was going to shoot that puck wide? Or his stick breaking, or something Berglund like to happen?
The Blues scored 5 straight goals, because of course they did. They did look better as the game went on. That first period was just brutal though. Glad to see the team bounce back and get the win. (No I don't care that it was New Jersey) The Blues take on the Blackhawks Saturday night at Scottrade.
From The Twitter Machine:
More on Yak...aww.
Yakupov didn't know he was in the lineup until he got to the rink. Excited because his mom was in town. #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) December 16, 2016
Number 34 getting interviewed by Panger...wait a minute...
The Numbers on tonight's win.
And finally, get hyped. The ice truck made it to Busch today...
Player of the game:
You. The fans of Gametime. End Sappiness.