Forwards - Robby Fabbri/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasekno...Jaden Schwartz/Patrik Berglund/David Backes...Alexander Steen/Paul Stastny/Troy Brouwer...Magnus Paajarvi/Kyle Brodziak/Dmitrij Jaskin
Defensemen - Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo...Joel Edmundson/Kevin Shattenkirk...Carl Gunnarsson/Colton Parayko
Goalie - Jake Allen
Coming into game 4, the Blues had been held goalless in 2 full games. Thankfully for the Blues, and their fans' (and livers everywhere) they would change that in a big way last night. Jake Allen would lead the charge for the Blues and had to be good early on. Five minutes in, the Sharks would get their first real chance and Allen would stone them.
A few moments later, the Blues would FINALLY score a goal. With the Blues on the powerplay, Troy Brouwer would finally hit the back of the net. He's seemingly hit post on post on post, but not this time. 1-0 Blues. Maybe...
Now what would a Blues goal be without a challenge? Because the Sharks would challenge that the Blues were offsides. They of course were not, and the Blues would keep their 1-0 lead. It would be the first time in 156 minutes and 59 seconds that the Blues found the back of the net. But wait, there's more! After Martin Jones robs Fabbri of a goal, Lehtera would be there to clean up the rebound to put the Blues ahead 2-0.
The Blues would take the two goal lead into the second period. The period that they usually say forget it and don't hockey for 20 minutes. Not on this night. With the Blues on the penalty kill Kyle Brodziak would make it 3-0 with the shorthanded goal. This was the second 2 on 1 break for the Blues and they made this one count.
The Blues weren't done there, because yes, there was another second period goal.The Sharks would have a chance to clear the puck out of the zone, but failed. Brodziak would score his second goal of the night and the Blues would have a four-to-nothing lead.
The Sharks would almost get on the board at the end of the period though, as Jake Allen would have to make a pad save on a chance from Joe Thornton.
The Sharks would finally get on the board in the third period. Joe Pavelski would score on a deflection from Thornton (or maybe his beard) to make it 4-1.
The Blues would come right back. The Blues would score just seven seconds into their powerplay chance four minutes into the third period. Troy Brouwer would score his second goal of the night and put the Blues up 5-1.
The Sharks would come back and score again though. Jake Allen would try and clear the puck but instead passed it right to Chris Tierney. Tierney would bank the puck off of Allen and give the Sharks their second goal of the night.
The Sharks would almost make it 5-3 on a chance from Thornton but Allen would make a beautiful pad save.
Alex Pietrangelo would add an empty netter to make it 6-2 good guys...(with well over 4 minutes left in the period mind you)
The Blues were scoring so many goals, that they even managed to score one on themselves.
To cap off this crazy game Carl Gunnarsson would find himself in a fight...If you want to call it that.
The Blues would win 6-3 and tie the series back up at 2 games a piece. These two will be back at it Monday night in St. Louis. The paper will be there, so pick yourself up a copy!
From The Twitter Machine:
David Backes would miss most of the game with some sort of injury...but he didn't go to the locker room:
Hitch on why Backes was still on the bench: "He had pom poms out. He was cheerleading. He was doing a good job." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) May 22, 2016
More on Backes...
Backes' injury is upper-body, ruling out leg/foot incident. Head seems unlikely since he sat on bench and is expected by some to play Mon.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) May 22, 2016
Fabbri was also hurt (lower body), but Hitch wasn't forthcoming really because of course.
Hitch has no update on Backes or Fabbri, saying he will tell everyone tomorrow.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) May 22, 2016
And finally....Guess who starts again tomorrow...
Third - Chris Tierny, 1 goal.
Second - Troy Brouwer - 2 goals, and now has as many playoff goals this post season that he's ever had.
First - Kyle Brodziak - 2 goals, did he have another kid that no one told us about?