Jaden Schwartz/Paul Stastny/Alexander Steen
Robby Fabbri/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Dmitrij Jaskin/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko
Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson/Kevin Shattenkirk
Robert Bortuzzo/Colton Parayko
Jake Allen/Carter Hutton/Jake Allen/Carter Hutton
The first of hopefully many pride nights at Drink ScotchCenter was one of the few positives of tonight's tilt between the Caps and Blues. Spoiler, the Blues didn't score first for the 9th game in a row at home. That's probably not good. Andre Burakovsky opens the scoring for the Capitals in the first period. It seemed like a harmless wrist shot. Instead it trickles past Allen to give the Caps a 1-0 lead.
Just moments later the Caps make it 2-0. Daniel Winnink races behind the net to feed the puck past a dumfounded Lehtera to a wide open Jay Beagle. Beagle puts it past Allen for the 2-0 lead. In comes Carter Hutton. Carter played for a bit to let Jake catch his breath. Allen wound up returning. Meanwhile the Blues cut the deficit to 2-1 thanks to Jaden Schwartz's 13th goal of the year. At the early moments of the second, Schwartz fired a wrist shot on net that Caps' starter Braden Holtby didn't see. It finds daylight through an Alexander Steen screen (say that three times fast) and into the back of the net. We have ourselves a hockey game again...
...Or so we thought. T.J. Oshie managed to do something other than in a shootout. Oshie not only scored from the slot but somehow didn't fall down until after he scored on the backhand. 3-1 Caps.
The Caps weren't done. Carl Gunnarsson falls down giving Brett Connolly a breakaway. He beats Jake Allen to make it 4-1 Caps. The Blues were taking on water and fast. Enter Hutton again, only this time for good. Blues manage to turn it over in front of him and just like that Marcus Johansson makes it 5-1 Caps.
The bleeding's over now right? They didn't let anything else happen? Oh, if only. The Capitals make it 6-1 on a goal from the man with the greatest name in the history of great names Justin Williams. He blasts one past Hutton on the Capitals powerplay. Because five goals wasn't enough I guess.
The Capitals needed to kick the extra point. Evgeny Kuznetsov fires one toward the net, that because of course, bounced off of Steen's stick for the 7-1 lead.
In typical Blues fashion, they scored a few goals that were of course, too little, too late. Steen gets his seventh of the year on a pass from Schwartz to make it 7-2 Blues.
Steen then gets his eighth goal of the year on a deflection from a Colton Parayko shot.
Blues fall at home again, 7-3. Next game is an afternoon game against Winnipeg. I'd suggest some shots for goals to help you get through it, but the Blues would have to score first for that to happen.
From The Twitter Machine:
I mean this was the whole reason for tonight...
Curious that @FSMidwest didn't mention Miss Missouri was dropping puck on Pride Night because she's openly gay.— St Louis Game Time (@StLouisGameTime) January 20, 2017
Hitch post game...Apparently it didn't go downhill until 4-1...no it fell off a cliff at 4-1 Hitch. AND FOR FUCKS SAKE STOP PLAYING 12 WITH 91.
Hitch on #stlblues: "We're just flat overworking."— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) January 20, 2017
Hitch on Allen: "We've gotta get him unlocked." pic.twitter.com/n5RyVM2X7F
This just in from the "No Shit" department:
Schwartz after #stlblues loss to #Caps: "We've got to do a better job of sticking to our game plan." pic.twitter.com/p7pxeJXqcn— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) January 20, 2017
And finally in case any of you wanted one of tonight's shirt and couldn't go to the game...
Want one of these sweet #stlblues Pride Night shirts? They'll be available exclusively on https://t.co/hg27rur0Vj tomorrow at 10 a.m. pic.twitter.com/0Gzt3eeHL3— STLAuthentics (@STL_Authentics) January 20, 2017
Player of The Game:
You guys for getting to the end of this, and supporting Gametime.