The Blues lineup was the same for the third game in a row(what?!) as they took on the Stars tonight at Scottrade. In case you didn't catch it though, it would look like this: Patrik Berglund with Alexander Steen and David Backes (nice bobble head by the way). Jaden Schwartz would be with Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko. Robby Fabbri would play alongside Paul Stastny and Troy Brouwer. The fourth line would consist of Ryan Reaves, Kyle Brodziak and Scottie Upshall. Defensively, the Blues would look the same as well with Kevin Shattenkirk being paired with Jay Bouwmeester. Carl Gunnarsson and Colton Parayko would share time together. The last pair would be Joel Edmundson and Robert Bortuzzo. Your starting goalie tonight was again Brian Elliott who would be starting for the 15th consecutive game.
The first seemed as if the Blues were just going to go shorthanded the whole period. Elliott, to the surprise of no one really, (maybe) was the best player on the ice in the first. Here on one of the many power play opportunities for the Stars Elliott would make a key glove save against Jamie Benn.
The Blues would have their only real scoring chance of the period from a Brouwer and Upshall 2 on 1 break. Only problem with that was it was Upshall and Brouwer. Upshall felt he needed to make the extra pass, and we all know how those extra drop passes have worked (Spoiler: they haven't). The Blues haven't gotten bounces in the past . You really 110% can't say that about tonight's game because the first goal was scored on a very lucky bounce. It would hit the officials skate and bounce right in front of the net and Schwartz was there to take advantage of it for the 1-0 Blues lead. (Warning: Pierre McGuire)
Schwartz gets his second goal of the year on only his third game back. Parayko(16) Gunnarsson(5) and the referee (1) with assists on the play and the Blues had the 1-0 lead. Fast forward to the third period, and needless to say the 1-0 didn't hold. With six and a half minutes left, Mattias Janmark would tie the game at one on a rebound chance that would end up being Elliott's only blemish of the game.
The Blues and Stars would both earn the "Gary Bettman you played to a tie at the end of regulation participation point" and head to the OT. The Blues were 0-4 on the powerplay to this point (to include about a minute and six seconds of 5 on 3 time). Kevin Shattenkirk would finally convert on a powerplay for either team and win the game for the Blues.
Shattenkirk gets his tenth goal of the year. Stastny(23) and Steen(29) get the assists on the game winner for the good guys. They held Dallas to just four shots on SEVEN power play chances. They also held the Stars to just 18 shots on the night. The Blues are now 10-3-3 since Elliott took over for the injured Jake Allen. The Blues stay in St. Louis to take on the Kings Thursday night.
Jay Bouwmeester throws a big hit:
Not so fun...A fan was hit by an errant Bouwmeester shot tonight. Good news though:
We're glad to report that the fan who was hit by the puck is doing ok after being treated by our First Aid team.— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) February 17, 2016
Also hit by a puck was Dallas trainer Dave Zeis, good news for him as well:
#Stars trainer Dave Zeis took a puck above the left ear. He's ok. Watching the game in the back. #DALvsSTL— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) February 17, 2016
How does everyone get hit but...
A fan and a Dallas trainer have been struck tonight. Pierre McGuire has not. What's wrong with this picture?— Stevie Quick (@SecondBestQuick) February 17, 2016
Shots, Shots, Shots, Everybody! But not really....
In eight of their last 10 victories, the Blues have had 25 shots or fewer. Here are the shot counts: 22, 21, 28, 24, 23, 20, 25, 22, 37, 16.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) February 17, 2016
Not my gif but this is great.pic.twitter.com/AvsgQ2bNmX— 33-17-9 / 46 days. (@DominicDs34) February 17, 2016
Third Star: Kari Lehtonen (20 saves, Wish he could have Lehton en a few more goals)
Second Star: Brian Elliott (17 saves, probably still the starter when Allen comes back, but Hitch)
First Star: Kevin Shattenkirk (GWG, has anyone asked him if he really feels 22?)