Jaden Schwartz/Paul Stastny/Alexander Steen,
Nail Yakupov/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko,
Robby Fabbri/Patrik Berglund/David Perron,
Dmitrij Jaskin/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Alex Pietrangelo/Colton Parayko,
Jay Bouwmeester/Kevin Shattenkirk,
Joel Edmundson/Robert Bortuzzo
Goaltender - Carter Hutton
After back to back wins in San Jose and Anaheim, the Blues were back at home to take on the Senators. Three minutes in, guess which team scores first. I'll give you a hint. It wasn't the home team. That's right the Sens take a 1-0 lead thanks to Jean-Gabriel Pageau. The Blues have given up the first goal in 7 straight home games. That's probably not good.
Midway through the first period, the Blues tie up the game at one. The Sens had just killed off a penalty. The Blues scored just a few seconds later. Jay Bouwmeester fires a shot that Paul Stastny deflects into the back of the net tying the game at one. Although if Stastny hadn't tipped it in, Schwartz was right there as well. Stastny scores his 11th of the year.
Moving forward to the second period, despite the Blues having a small campout in their offensive zone, the Senators would pull ahead by one. This time, while on the powerplay, Mike Hoffman finds a bouncing puck and one times it into the back of the net. The puck actually bounced off of Bortuzzo right to Hoffman. Talk about bad luck.
The bad luck gets worse. Minutes (seconds) later the Sens make it 3-1. Bobby Ryan takes advantage of the ref losing his whistle jams the puck out from underneath Hutton and across the line. Could Bouwmeester have done more to keep Ryan out of that position? Yeah, probably, but I'm just a guy writing for a Blues website.
It wasn't all doom and gloom for the Blues in the second period. Kevin Shattenkirk blasts the knuckle puck past Mike Condon to pull the Blues to within one at 3-2. It's Shatty's ninth goal of the year. The Blues have a little life heading into the third period.
The Blues and Sens played some 4 on 4 hockey to start the third. The Sens were then called for another penalty to make it 4 on 3. The Blues tie the game at three thanks to a returning Steen to the ice. (He was coming back to make it a 5 on 4 powerplay) Kevin Shattenkirk makes a very nice pass that Steen had no problem burying in the back of the net. See, Steen can score goals with an actual goaltender in the net. It's Steen's 6th goal of the year.
Just as fast as the Blues tied the game, the Sens untied it. Schwartz turned the puck over, leading to a Mark Stone chance that beats Hutton and it's now back to a 4-3 Sens lead.
Mike Hoffman scores his second of the night off a one timer in the sweet spot. It also proves that maybe you shouldn't leave that part of the ice open. 5-3 Sens.
Hey Mark Stone, could you go ahead and put us all out of our misery? Thanks.
From the "It's probably too late now" department...Patrik Berglund scores with about a minute left off of a Joel Edmundson shot to make it 6-4. Hey at least it'll look good on the stat sheet, am I right? Number 11 for Berglund on the year. Most had already started for the exits at this point.
Blues lose 6-4. Not sure Allen would have had any better of a chance tonight. The Blues looked great at times and more often than not tonight just made too many bonehead mistakes. Gotta play better if they want to have a chance against their next opponent, the Capitals. See you Thursday night from Drink Scotch. Buy a paper or five.
From The Twitter Machine:
Blah blah blah...HEY CHRIS WIDEMAN IS FROM ST LOUIS YOU GUYS.
Wow. @Senators defenseman and St. Louis' own @Chris_Wideman had quite the cheering section at tonight's game against the #stlblues. pic.twitter.com/jCoCzRPXpv— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) January 18, 2017
Bortuzzo post game.
Robert Bortuzzo on @StLouisBlues' loss to Senators: "We did some good things but ultimately not enough to win." #stlblues pic.twitter.com/YGiLe5sXlu— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) January 18, 2017
At least one Blue had a win on the ice tonight.
Ryan Reaves doesn't have any hits registered on stat sheet. Funny, I thought he hit Chris Neil six or seven times. #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) January 18, 2017
Player of the game:
Anyone that thinks Star Wars night just needs to go away. Fire it into the sun. At least no one got hurt...Sorry Cardinals.