Forwards - Jaden Schwartz/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko...Robby Fabbri/Paul Stastny/Troy Brouwer...Patrik Berglund Alexander Steen/David Backes...Steve Ott/Kyle Brodziak/Scottie Upshall
Defensemen - Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo...Joel Edmundson/Kevin Shattenkirk...Carl Gunnarsson/Colton Parayko
Goalie - Brian Elliott
The Blues looked to start off on the right foot in Dallas tonight as they began their second round match up against the Stars. In front of a less than capacity crowd (lots of severe weather in the Dallas area may have had something to do with it) the Blues and Stars took to the ice. The first ten minutes of the first period were great for the Blues. As the period wore on however, the Stars would get their skates under them and start the push back.
Speaking of backs, Brian Elliott would use his backside to save a chance in the first period.
Later in the first, Joel Edmundson would just get acquainted with Colton Sceviour in the corner. (Stay tuned, their's more of that)
Flash forward to the second period now, and the Blues have pretty much disappeared at this point. It was all Stars in the second. Brian Elliott would do his best to not let the Stars break through. Here he first would deny a Vernon Fiddler wrister and then would top it off with a pad save after Jason Demers would deflect the puck out of midair.
Unfortunately, Elliott can only do so much. The Stars would finally break through midway through the second. Everyone's favorite Star, Antoine Roussel (hashtag sarcasm) would bang home a rebound after Elliott would stop the initial shot from Radek Faksa.
Want to know how bad the second period for the Blues has been in the playoffs so far? They have been outscored 12-3 and outshot 129-91! (Shots tonight were 17-11 in the second in favor of the Stars) That' probably not good. Luckily for the Blues they have a Moose. He played as great as he did in the first round. Mattias Janmark would find that out first hand as Ells would rob him of putting the Stars ahead 2-0.
Joel Edmundson would say hi to Sceviour again in the third period.
The Blues would finally break through against Kari Lehtonen. (Yeah, it really took until the third period) Kevin Shattenkirk would get the Blues on board with a one timer set up by Colton Parayko.
The Blues really did look like they got something going and then well, this happened.
With that the Blues fall 2-1 to the Stars. They go down 1-0 in the series. A few positives to take away...As horrible as the Blues had played certain times tonight, they only lost by one. Elliott is for real, and he will keep the Blues in this as long as he can. That's it really. Well there is one more positive...They are right back at it Sunday afternoon. (Note: Sunday will be on NBC. Tell your friends) Hopefully, we'll be talking a different result.
From The Twitter Machine:
Somehow this happened. (So many questions as to HOW by the way)
Then it was followed up by...
At least if a cat were to appear during the Stars-Blues series it would have the comfort of knowing Jamie Benn wouldn’t eat it— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 30, 2016
So why didn't you David?
Backes: "We've got to play for a full-60 the way we did in the first series and we'll be just fine." #stlblues— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 30, 2016
And finally....Not sure if they really count as hits when the Stars seem like they're half the Blues size:
Third: Kari Lehtonen (31 saves, Didn't Lehton-en a bunch of goals. Sigh)
Second: Brian Elliott (40 saves. Somehow lost)
First: Radek Faksa (1 goal, 1 assist...I'm sorry, who is this guy that beat the Blues?)