Forwards: Robby Fabbri, Paul Stastny, David Perron, Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Patrik Berglund, Jori Lehtera, Dmitrij Jaskin, Scottie Upshall, Kyle Brodziak, Ryan Reaves
Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester, Alex Pietrangelo, Carl Gunnarsson, Kevin Shattenkirk, Joel Edmundson, Colton Parayko
Goaltender: Jake Allen
Two Blues returned to the lineup tonight. Joel Edmundson returned from injury. Jori Lehtera returned from his night in the press box. Carey Price did not start for the Habs tonight. Instead it was back up Al Montoya. The Blues found themselves on the powerplay three times in the first. They could not convert on any of them. (They wound up 0-4 on the night. The last one was negated by a penalty against the Blues) Montoya was one of the reasons. Montoya denies Colton Parayko on one of those three powerplays with a pad save. It's a miracle Colton's stick didn't blow up on this shot. (He did lose one tonight though. That brings up the broken stick count to 11ty million)
Jake Allen was able to keep the game tied after a high shot from Greg Pateryn.
That 0-0 tie didn't last long after that. The Canadiens throw the puck at Jake Allen. Carl Gunnarsson's fat foot kicks the puck under Allen's pad and just like that it's 1-0 Canadiens.
The Blues didn't fare any better in the second period. For whatever reason, they couldn't solve Montoya. The Blues really didn't have any second chances to get anything done. Perron gets a wrister to the net, but like everything else in the game, was denied.
It was bad enough that the Blues couldn't net one past the backup. It was made worse that the Canadiens scored again to make it 2-0 on a backhand from Tomas Plekanec.
The Blues looked flat out awful this period. Somehow, they managed to get worse from the first to the end of the second.
Which it's a good thing that they play 3 periods in the NHL am I right? The Blues sure thought so. Paul Stastny finally gets the Blues on the board at the 12:20 mark in the third period. Stastny worked the puck in on a rough angle and somehow managed to find some daylight to get the puck past Montoya. Schwartz and Parayko and his non-broken stick get the helpers on the play.
A few moments later, Stastny is involved in another goal. Setting one up that is. Stastny sneaks a pass through the crease to Jaden Schwartz. Schwartz doesn't miss the two foot putt (and probably one of the easier goals that he's ever scored) and ties the game at two. Stastny and Bouwmeester notch the assists.
Now with the game tied at two, the Blues finally showed the energy that wasn't there the first two periods. Jake Allen also did his part in helping the Blues keep the game tied. Phillip Danault tried to unbreak the tie, but Allen stood tall and keeps the puck out of the net.
Pacioretty almost won the game late for the Canadiens. Jake Allen had to make a pad save on a deflection from close up.
The Blues, despite playing two garbage periods tonight, force the overtime. 2-2 after 60 minutes.
The Blues finish the comeback in the overtime frame. Jaden Schwartz roofs the backhander to give the Blues the 3-2 win and cap off a very good five game homestand. (They got all but one point possible in that stretch)
The Blues are back at it Thursday night against the Islanders.
From The Twitter Machine:
While Tarasenko didn't hit the point sheet tonight...he did manage a strong stiff arm.
One of the best nights of the year...Military Appreciation Night:
Spaceballs, the post game interview:
That's good right?
Tonight was Schwartz's third two-goal game in his last nine games. #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) December 7, 2016
And finally, it warms my heart that Andrew Shaw was made to look like shit on said game winning goal. Eat shit Andrew.
What a shift for Steen. He wins the puck battle behind the goal from Andrew Shaw, works up ice and makes that pass to Schwartz. #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) December 7, 2016
Player of the game:
Schwartz. 2 goals and actually gets to play with a center that's worth a shit. Tarasenko must be jealous.