Robby Fabbri/Paul Stastny/Alexander Steen
Jaden Schwartz/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko
Nail Yakupov/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Joel Edmundson/Alex Pietrangelo
Robert Bortuzzo/Kevin Shattenkirk
Jay Bouwmeester/Colton Parayko
Goaltender - Carter Hutton
After the (insert your phrasing for dumpster fire here) week that was last week, the Blues rolled in to Pittsburg to take on the Penguins. With Pittsburg's high powered offense, and how the Blues have been playing as of late...It wasn't looking too good on paper. However, Colton Parayko starts off the scoring for both teams while the Blues were on the powerplay. Parayko rips his hard slapper, miraculously not breaking his stick, and beats Penguins starter Matt Murray five hole. That's goal number three for Colt 55 on the year. Good start.
Moving ahead to the second period, Ryan Reaves makes it 2-0 Blues. Reaves out hustled the Pens defense and scored on a partial breakaway chance. No, that's not a typo. But it was goal number three for Reaves on the season.
The Blues were holding down one of the top offenses in the NHL, and the goaltending was one of the factors in that. One of Hutton's 34 saves came at the end of the second. Here he was able to keep a deflection in between his pad as his body keeping the game 2-0.
Moving forward to the third period, not the best period for the Blues in this one, but they kept the Pens out of the net. They added a tally of their own though. David Perron sets up Scottie Upshall right in front of the Pens net. Upshall didn't miss and gives the Blues a 3-0 lead and just about seals it for the road team. Three seems to be a reoccurring theme tonight huh? Upshall's goal was number 5 for him and Perron's second assist of the game.
Hutton was tested in the waining moments of the third period. Nick Bonino one timed a shot, and then tried to get his own rebound past Hutton, but no joy. The Blues go on to win the game 3-0 putting forth one of their best efforts of the year. It was a full 60 minutes of Blues hockey. They were able to shut down Crosby and company with their style of play. Shutting down any lanes that the Penguins might have had. The Blues were outshot 34-28, but most of those Penguins chances came from harmless areas. The Blues were also able to kill off all 6(!) of the Penguins powerplay chances. This also included the "too much man penalty". That and giving the Pens 6 powerplay chances was probably the only bad that happened tonight. Hopefully the Blues will take this team into Minnesota as they play the Wild Thursday night.
From The Twitter Machine:
Celly hard Scottie, Celly the shit out of it.
✨ celly of the night ✨ pic.twitter.com/pOM5lGTaP4— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 25, 2017
BFF's for life yo.
weeeeeeeee BOOP pic.twitter.com/o1wsXOc8ol— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 24, 2017
Yeah, you think?
After saying Allen would likely start Thursday in Minnesota, Hitch says he'll consider sticking with Hutton.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) January 25, 2017
Player of the Game:
Sidney Crosby...for taking the night off.