The Blues lineup versus the Blackhawks tonight:
Forwards: Jaden Schwartz/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko...Robby Fabbri/Paul Stastny/Troy Brouwer...Dmitrij Jaskin/David Backes/Patrik Berglund...Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves.
Defensive Pairs: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo...Kevin Shattenkirk/Carl Gunnarsson...Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko.
Goalie: Jake Allen
Blues vs. Blackhawks, Allen vs. Crawford, and Pierre vs. The English language. It must be Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN. This game lived up to the hype. Plenty of hits, questionable calls, and Pierre telling us things no one cares about. Ryan Reaves was on the short end of one of the questionable call/no calls in the first period. Mr. Reaves would introduce himself to Mr. Erhoff. The ref didn't like the way that Reaves hit Erhoff and ejected him from the game. That would also give the Hawks a FIVE minute power play.
When you give a team as good as the Hawks are on the powerplay five minutes to do something, bad things are gonna happen. Or so it was thought at first. Late in the first, Jake Allen would say no to Patrick Kane and actually get away with it. Allen robs Kane with his stick and somehow keeps this game tied.
The Blues would almost survive the five minute powerplay...almost. Thanks Andrew.
Fast forwarding to the third period now. David Backes can tip pucks in the net too. With the Blues on the powerplay, Backes would set up in front of the net and tip in a Kevin Shattenkirk shot.
Backes gets his 17th of the year with Shattenkirk(25) and Tarasenko(26) getting the assists on the play. The Blues weren't done there though as former bad guy turned good guy, Troy Brouwer would score on another Blues man advantage.
Brouwer nets his 13th of the season with Stastny(25) and Fabbri(14) getting the assists on the goal. (How about that Blues powerplay lately am I right?) The Blues take the 2-1 lead. Jake Allen who has already said no to Kane once tonight, does it again. No means no Patty.
The Blues would keep the 2-1 lead...until a minute seventeen left in the game when Artemi Panarin would blast one past Allen to tie the game at two.
To overtime we go, where the Blackhawks would almost win it when Andrew Ladd would crash the net and the puck would go in. The only problem with that was he crashed into Allen as well.
No score after the 3 on 3 OT, and the skills competition would decide this one. Patrik Berglund would shoot first for the Blues. No, that is not a typo. Needless to say it would pay off. OH MY.
Patrik Berglund lurade byxorna av Corey Crawford i straffläggningen mellan St.Louis och Chicago. pic.twitter.com/5jVjLfFagS— Svenskarna i NHL (@SvenskarnaiNHL) March 10, 2016
But in the end Kevin Shattenkirk (and a goal post) would win it for the Blues.
The Blues are back at home Friday night to take on the
In case you hadn't heard, the Blues are getting the Winter Classic. Here is the video announcing the occasion
Mr. Reaves, would you care to respond to the call that took you out of the game?
And finally because William Shatner is Awesome.
Kevin and I are friends. https://t.co/LJX3h6eUR9— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 10, 2016
Third Star: Jake Allen (33 saves, maybe got Kane to understand what "no" means)
Second Star: David Backes (1 goal, Not on Seabrook's Christmas Card list)
First Star: Troy Brouwer (1 goal, Looks better in Blue anyway)