Forward lines: Jaden Schwartz/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko...Robby Fabbri/Paul Stastny/Troy Brouwer...Patrik Berglund/David Backes/Dmitrij Jaskin...Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensive parings: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo...Carl Gunnarsson/Kevin Shattenkirk...Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko.
Starting in net would be Jake Allen.
With the Blues riding a hot streak and Anaheim playing lights out (although last time out they lost 3-0 in Colorado) this was a marquee Friday night fight in the NHL. The first period would be even on both sides, as both teams had quality chances. Here, Jake Allen would deny Josh Manson in close, not once but twice late in the frame.
Neither team would score in the first, but both teams would manage to find their way onto the score sheet in the second. The Ducks would strike first on a 5 on 3 chance after the Blues forgot how to count to four. Ryan Getzlaf would tip in a rebound chance in front of the net giving the bad guys the 1-0 lead.
The Blues would answer back with 3:24 to go in the period. Paul Stastny saw what Getzlaf had done and wanted to do better. He would get the tip in goal from a shot pass from the new 8.7 million dollar man Carl Gunnarsson to tie the game at 1-1.
It would be Stastny's seventh goal of the year with the aforementioned Gunnarsson(6) and Fabbri(15) getting the assists on the play. How about the line of Brouwer/Stastny/and Fabbri as of late? Fabbri has been getting plenty of quality chances, Brouwer has found his touch, and Stastny has been playing better hockey as of late. (Not that he was playing bad hockey.)
The Blues would score the go ahead goal in the first two minutes of the third period. Jori Lehtera would shoot it off a nice feed from Schwartz past Ducks goalie Frederik Anderson for the 2-1 Blues lead.
It's Lehtera's ninth goal of the season with Schwartz(9) and Tarasenko(27) getting the assists on the play. But the Blues weren't done there. A minute later, Patrik Berglund would steal an errant pass in front of the Ducks net and make them pay for it.
Berglund nets his seventh of the year and the Blues have a 3-1 lead. Which brings us/them to having a two goal lead in the third. It hasn't been a strong point in finishing games for the Blues this year. Under five minutes to go in the third Rickard Rakell would put everyone on high alert again.
So he might have had a little help from Brodziak and Brouwer, but still. This would just be the Blues luck. What the Ducks didn't count on is Tarasenko wasn't gonna have any of that. On his first of two goals, Tarasenko would take a Ducks turnover and convert it into a 4-2 Blues lead.
His second goal to seal the deal for the good guys was from the parking lot.
Nothing but net. Those goals would be numbers 31 and 32 respectively. The Blues go onto win 5-2 over Anaheim and move to 3-0 in what some fans have dubbed "hell week" (Beat Minny in Minny. Beat Chicago. Beat Anaheim) The Blues have a chance to move to 4 and 0 for "hell week" as they take on the Stars in Dallas tomorrow night. Of note for tomorrow night Jake Allen has already been named the starter. (I mean do the Blues have a choice?) Also, Alexander Steen, Brian Elliott, and Steve Ott will ALL be traveling with the team on the road trip. (via Lou Korac and Hitch postgame) Is the band finally close to being back together?
From The Twitter Machine:
Crazy stat of the day/year really:
Congrats to Troy Brouwer on playing NHL game number 600 and looking like a Duck...(that's duck not dick...sickos)
Troy Brouwer and his long lost brother. pic.twitter.com/BYuRvK7BND— St Louis Game Time (@StLouisGameTime) March 11, 2016
Corey Perry was not too happy about Tarasenko scoring. Although, he probably wasn't happy about the good guys winning in the first Mighty Ducks movie either. (THERE IS YOUR ONE TOKEN MIGHTY DUCKS REFERENCE)
And finally...Speaking of Tarasenko, he might be in strong consideration for mayor after this strong post game interview.
Third Star: Carl Gunnarsson (1 assist. I guess since he just got a contract extension we can give him a star too.)
Second Star: Jake Allen (26 saves, Likes all of the Mighty Ducks movies. Even the horrible third one with the new coach. That's two.)
First Star: Vladimir Tarasenko (2 goals, 1 assist. In all seriousness played one of his better games of the season tonight. Had a great overall game.)