Forwards: In case you hadn't heard...David Backes is out of the lineup for the rest of the regular season. With that being said...Alexander Steen/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko...Jaden Schwartz/Patrik Berglund/Dmitrij Jaskin...Magnus Paajarvi/Paul Stastny/Troy Brouwer...Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensive Pairs: Joel Edmundson/Alex Pietrangelo...Kevin Shattenkirk/Colton Parayko...Carl Gunnarsson/Robert Bortuzzo...Goalie: Brian Elliott
Tonight if you had asked "What is the definition of flatter than flat?" A video of the Blues in the first period would have popped up. It was an embarrassingly slow start that spotted the Coyotes two goals. The first of which was scored by Antoine Vermette on a rebound chance.
The second of which was scored by Arizona rookie Anthony Duclair with a nifty forehand backhand move.
Now, the first wasn't completely a waist for the Blues. Brian Elliott would flash the glove work in between the Coyotes goals.
The Blues were down 2-0 early on into the second period when Alex Pietrangelo would connect with Troy Brouwer and cut the Coyotes lead down to 2-1. Brouwer would score his 18th of the season, with the aforementioned Pietrangelo(27) and Parayko(28) getting the assists on the tip in goal.
The Blues would get another powerplay chance later on in the second, but this one wouldn't go as well. Jordan Martinook would add one more to the "The Blues almost gave up a shorthanded goal" folder of videos. Elliott however would deny the chances and keep it a one goal game.
As many shorthanded goals that the Blues seemingly have given up to the opposition as of late, they finally would get one of their own. Just a minute and a half into the third, Kyle Brodziak would tie the game up on a great effort to chip the puck ahead and just flat out beat Mike Smith for the 2-2 tie. It's Brodziak's 6th goal of the year. Upshall(7) and Pietrangelo(28) getting the assists.
The Blues clearly playing better as the game went on. With the quick goal to start the third, the Blues found themselves in a brand new game. The Blues would finally take the lead midway through the third in the form of Vladimir Tarasenko. Tarasenko would just take it himself after the failed two on zero chance. (No comment on that *cough*56*cough*) Tarasenko ties his total from last year with his 37th of the season.
The Blues would receive another shot at extending the now 3-2 lead and would take advantage. Although, this really could have been a four minute minor as Berglund bled his own blood. They would convert though. Tarasenko would take his talents to the powerplay and find Berglund who would blast it past Smith for the now 4-2 Blues lead. Berglund would also fall down as he was scoring, but we can let that one slide, this time. Tarasenko(34) and Shattenkirk(29) get the assists on the play.
Brodziak should have more kids as soon as possible. Here he scores his SECOND goal of the night as he just blasts one past Smith, because why not right?
5-2 would be your final score from Scottrade. It was good to see the Blues poor it on in the second and third periods of tonight's tilt after the anemic first. The Blues travel up to Chicago for a game Thursday night against the Hawks. It's the teams final road game of the regular season.
From The Twitter Machine:
Apparently Moose enjoyed himself while the rest of the team played in Colorado...
Did it help Brian Elliott to stay back from Colorado?: "We had 79 degrees and I was sitting on the patio right before the game." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 5, 2016
Brodziak Postgame with Panger
And finally because it's 3 am...
Third: Alex Pietrangelo (2 assists)
Second: Vladimir Tarasenko (1 goal, 1 assist, gave away his stick again...)
First: Kyle Brodziak (2 goals, his NHL.com pic is terrifying.)