Forwards - Alexander Steen/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko...Magnus Paajarvi/Paul Stastny/Troy Brouwer...Jaden Schwartz/Patrik Berglund/Dmitrij Jaskin...Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defense - Joel Edmundson/Alex Pietrangelo...Jay Bouwmeester makes his return to the lineup/Kevin Shattenkirk...Carl Gunnarsson/Colton Parayko
Goalie - Brian Elliott
With two games to go, a few things were up for grabs tonight in the Windy City, as the Blues took on the Blackhawks. Home ice (through the first round at least) and the Central title would be out there at the start of this one. Picking up the action at the end of the first period. The Hawks would get the only powerplay of the first period after Jaskin would trip up Niklas Hjalmarsson. Jay Bouwmeester would come up huge on the kill here as he would deflect a Teuvo Teravainen shot from in close and keep it 0-0.
Unfortunately, the Blackhawks would score first in tonight's game. With under ten minutes to go in the second, both the Blues and Hawks would be called for minor penalties creating a 4 on 4 situation. (Tarasenko got called for tripping, and subsequently Richard Panik was called for embellishment) Jonathan "Super Cereal" Toews would wrist one past Brian Elliott for the 1-0 lead.
Ryan Reaves was sick of Brandon Mashinter face (or something) and so he decided he wanted to try and beat it in.
With the Blues down 1-0 to begin the third, Brian Elliott was showing off his leather. Here he would rip a Marcus Kruger shot out of the air with his glove.
With five minutes left in the game the Blackhawks would get a penalty shot after Andrew Ladd would get hooked driving towards the net by Jay Bouwmeester. Brian Elliott would have none of that stuff though as he would deny Ladd on the chance and keep it a one goal game.
With a minute and a half to go, the Blues would FINALLY get on the board. Vladimir Tarasenko would bury a rebound chance off of Scott Darling to tie the game at one.
It would be Tarasenko's 38th of the year with Shattenkirk(30) and Steen(35) getting the assists on the play. But the Hawks would get the last chance of regulation as Toews again would challenge Elliott.
To overtime now, as it was once again Elliott who would keep the Blues in the game.
This Vladimir Tarasenko kid. Good at hockey. Game, Blouses.
How about that patience from Stastny and Pietrangelo to get the wide open net. Shoutout to Patrick Kane ending up behind the net somehow. Don't think that's how you're supposed to play defense, but I'm just a writer for a Blues blog or something. The aforementioned Pietrangelo (29) and Stastny(38) get the assists on Tarasenko's 39th of the year. The Blues win 2-1 and clinch home ice for at least the first round. They also keep their chances alive to win the division. They play Saturday night for the last time in the regular season at Scottrade. You know what that means...buy a paper!
From The Twitter Machine:
Crying Jordan Meme hits the ice:
Or would you rather the Vince Vaughn meme?
One more Jordan Meme because why not:
The Blues have lost three games since Feb. 28. #StlBlues— Andrew Allsman (@allsmandrew) April 8, 2016
Third - Jonathan Toews (1 goal, Still serious)
Second - Brian Elliott (24/25, I think he's ready for the playoffs)
First - Russian Hockey God er, Vladimir Tarasenko (2 goals, Also ready for the playoffs.)