Forwards: Steve Ott was apparently on the ice for pregame, but the lines were the same as they were for game one. Jaden Schwartz/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko...Robby Fabbri/Paul Stastny/Troy Brouwer...Patrik Berglund/Alexander Steen/David Backes...Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defense: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo...Joel Edmundson/Kevin Shattenkirk...Carl Gunnarsson/Colton Parayko
Goalie: Brian Elliott
Tonight would mark the return of a guy who tried to decapitate another player with his stick in the form of Duncan Keith. Besides that there was hockey to be played. Coming off a game one win, the Blues would look to go up 2-0 on the Blackhawks. After only getting 18 shots on goal in game one, the Blues would look to put some more shots up on the board. (They had 7 in the first period alone, so well on the way to mission accomplished for at least that) End of the first period now as there wasn't any goal scoring. There was however Ryan Reaves saying hi to Brent Seabrook.
Brian Elliott was one of the highlights again tonight. Early on in the second, Andrew Ladd would have a chance on the doorstep and he wouldn't be able to cash in.
Elliott with another crucial stop in the second period. This time it's Tomas Fleischmann who would be denied by Moose.
Vladimir Tarasenko would have enough of this non-goal scoring nonsense as he would open up the scoring for both teams tonight. Rozsíval would cough up the puck after getting hounded by Jori Lehtera. Schwartz would pick up the loose puck and fire it over to Tarasenko for the 1-0 Blues lead.
The Blues would hold that 1-0 lead until, go figure, Duncan Keith would tie the game up with all of 5 seconds left to go in the period.
With both teams down a man to start the third Brian Elliott would deny Patrick Kane. No apparently still means no.
Later in the period a controversial call would lead to a reversal of fortune for the Blues. They thought that they had pulled ahead 2-1 on a goal from none other than Vladimir Tarasenko. The Blackhawks would challenge saying that the Blues were offsides. Well the Blackhawks would win the challenge, but it was probably one of the closer calls that's ever had to be made.
Lehtera was onside until his back skate came off the ice. Right here the puck isn't in the zone and he's offside. pic.twitter.com/Bhbrxc3mj5— Martin Biron (@martybiron43) April 16, 2016
The Blues would get their chance to use a challenge later on in the period. On the Blackhawks powerplay, Andrew Shaw would stuff the puck into the net. It looked as if he might have interfered with Elliott on the play. Hence the Blues challenge. The goal was upheld however, and the Hawks would go up 2-1 late in the game.
They would add an empty netter to make it 3-1, but Shattenkirk would score right before the horn sounded to make the final score 3-2.
The Blues played better tonight, but still couldn't get the job done. Did the refs help the cause? No. (Don't even get me started on the "embellishment" call) However, Parayko had the game tying goal on his stick and hit the side of the net. This game could have been far worse if Elliott hadn't shown up again. The next game is Sunday in Chicago. Here's to the team playing as well on the road Sunday as they have all year.
From The Twitter Machine:
The rule on goaltender interference. (The way it reads seems like the Shaw goal shouldn't have been allowed)
Here's the rule folks. I've always said it's pretty black and white. Just never implemented as it's written. pic.twitter.com/Uu8IhLRZqp— Chris Kerber (@chriskerber) April 16, 2016
And also here's offside...Do you think he was offside?
i guess it was 83.1 after all— zesty blake news (@ShattInMyKirk) April 16, 2016
anyway, read this and TELL me how lehtera was offside pic.twitter.com/1DCtrwl3jm
Like I said...actual quote.
Elliott: " I don’t know what the rules are anymore. Every play is so different. It’s up to the refs on the ice that makes the calls.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 16, 2016
It sure does Hitch, It sure does.
Hitchcock: "Calls aren't going to go your way, you're not going to get the officiating you want. It's going to seem like it's one-sided."— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 16, 2016
And finally, he might not be joking...
So I tripped on the carpet at work. In result, the Blackhawks have been awarded a power play.— Matt Cooper (@Cooperfect) April 16, 2016
Third: Patrick Kane (2 assists...no comment)
Second: Vladimir Tarasenko (
2 goals, 1 goal)
FIrst: Corey Crawford (Something something, Rise Against joke)