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Round 2, Game 4 Recap: It's Almost Never Easy

Did they serve turnovers for pregame meal?

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Blues Lineup:

Forwards - Jaden Schwartz/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko...Alexander Steen/Paul Stastny/Troy Brouwer...Robby Fabbri/Patrik Berglund/David Backes...Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves

Defensemen - Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo...Joel Edmundson/Kevin Shattenkirk...Carl Gunnarsson/Colton Parayko

Goalie - Brian Elliott

Game Highlights:

After the 6-1 drubbing the other night,  the Blues would look to take advantage of a reeling Stars team. Or so you would have thought. The Blues did get on the board first however. As it was Tarasenko De Mayo, he would score a breakaway goal midway through the first. What made this goal more interesting was that their were SIX Dallas Stars on the ice and none of them thought it would be ok to cover Tarasenko. (What made it worse was that it was for about a good 30 seconds and the refs somehow didn't call anything either)

Tarasenko would almost score on yet another breakaway, but would hit the post instead of the back of the net. Speaking of hitting, Ryan Reaves was back in the lineup tonight. Needless to say he wasn't blowing kisses tonight.

Moving forward to the second and the dreaded second made its appearance again tonight. Joel Edmundson wouldn't help the cause any. He would try to pass the puck down the middle of the ice. Radek Faksa would be there to intercept the pass and put it in the back of the net for the 1-1 tie.

Right after that miscue, David Backes would be called for tripping. The Stars would go on the powerplay (that had been scoreless the whole series) and would finally score a goal on their powerplay.

The Blues would score later in the period on a power play of their own. Paul Stastny would deflect one past Kari Lehtonen to tie the game back up at two.

At the end of the period, Pietrangelo would introduce Jamie Benn into the rounded glass. Poor guy.

Early in the third, the Stars would almost capitalize on another Blues turnover. Elliott was there to bail out the Blues this time.

With no goals in the third, this game would go to overtime. Three minutes into the overtime period Cody Eakin would score the game winner and down the Blues 3-2.

The Blues didn't play well, but neither did the Stars. The Stars were just able to take advantage of the opportunities that the Blues couldn't. The Blues were only able to get 26 shots on goal. With Dallas' shaky goaltending, this number has to be higher. It was a sloppy game. The Blues had a chance to hammer down on the Stars, yet came out flat and had a lackluster showing. Will they bounce back? Find out Saturday, when they play in Dallas at noon on NBC.

On a non-hockey related note, the Blues donated the 50-50 proceeds tonight to help benefit the victims of the wild fires in the Fort McMurray area. Sounds like they raised about 17,000. Great job fans!

From the Twitter Machine:

Hitchcock presser:

NBCSN sent out this tweet, and then deleted it.


And Finally....Even Jamie Rivers was hoping for rally boobs tonight.

Three Stars:

Third - Kari Lehtonen (24 saves. Still looked beatable.)

Second - Alex Pietrangelo (Huh?)

First - Cody Eakin (GWG, Helped the Stars Eakin one out)