Forwards - Alexander Steen/Paul Stastny/David Perron
Jaden Schwartz/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko
Robby Fabbri/Patrik Berglund/Ryan Reaves
Scottie Upshall/Ivan Barbashev/Nail Yakupov
Defensemen - Joel Edmundson/Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson/Kevin Shattenkirk
Colton Parayko/Jay Bouwmeester
Goaltender - Jake Allen
Just as the caption above said, the Blues did score first in front of another packed house at DrinkScotch. Alexander Steen scores his 9th goal of the year on a shot that deflects off a Jets defender. At first the goal was awarded to Paul Stastny but was later changed. The fact that people had a chance to argue about who scored the first game for the Blues...should be an accomplishment by itself as of late. That was the first time in 9 games that the Blues were the first to score on home ice.
Midway through the period Jori Lehtera had a golden opportunity to make it 2-0. Jets starting goaltender Ondrej Pavelec makes minimum effort on the save. At least that's what it seemed. Bet Barbashev puts that in. Just saying.
At the end of the first both teams found themselves a man down. The teams played some 4 on 4. Well at least one team did. The Blues fell apart in front of Allen which allowed Blake Wheeler, and Mark Scheifele to play keep away and score to tie the game at one. Or maybe that one was on Allen for not being ten feet tall.
With the teams still playing 4-on-4 to start the second, Patrik Laine puts the Jets ahead 2-1. Now, I'm no expert, but you probably shouldn't leave this kid that wide open. Because he's gonna do what he did.
Paul Stastny goes off for tripping 5 minutes into the period. The Jets capitalized on the opportunity. Nikolaj Ehlers dances around Lehtera, who was having such a good game, and rifles the puck past Allen. Which begs the question...Why is Lehtera out for the PK anyway? Whatever. 3-1 Jets.
The Jets almost make it 4-1, but the save of the night was made. Jake Allen was not the one to make it. Robby Fabbri blocks a Nic Petan chance to keep the game 3-1....
....which was important because fresh off his trip to Hogwarts, Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 22nd of the year. He played some give and go with Schwartz which left him wide open in the middle of the ice. Most of the time he doesn't miss from there. Still 3-2 Jets, but Blues looking like they might do something.
But dumb luck strikes again for the Blues. With less than 4 minutes gone in the third, Jacob Trouba fires a one timer that bounced off of Pietrangelo, past Allen and into the net. 4-2 Jets.
Leave it to the Blues to score a goal with little time left when the game was pretty much over. Pietrangelo had to make up for the earlier deflection goal? He was the one that scored with about 13 seconds left in the game. Somehow the Blues scored with the goaltender not in net.
Just in case you had any hope that the Blues were going to score in that 13 seconds that was left....
The Blues are back at it on Thursday against the Leafs. There will be at least one good show on the ice that night. It's Bobby Plager's retirement night.
From The Twitter Machine:
*Most of the year.
Ken Hitchcock on #stlblues' loss: "We made mistakes, and we're paying for them right now." pic.twitter.com/uGljYm0mSP— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) February 1, 2017
In case some of you didn't get that Hogwarts reference. Too bad he couldn't have magic'd us a win.
Professor Dumble-score— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) January 31, 2017
(via IG/@tara9191) pic.twitter.com/qQv858Q3Aj
Petrangelo's post game comments...He was a little more positive. But also spot on when it came to the goals that were allowed.
Alex Pietrangelo on Jake Allen: "He played well throughout the game. He didn't have much support on the ones that did go in." #stlblues pic.twitter.com/uBJiboBzfu— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) February 1, 2017
Your holy shit stat of the night:
This, by the way, is the first time Allen has been in goal at the start of the third period since Jan. 5— Tom Timmermann (@tomtimm) February 1, 2017
Player of the Game:
Anyone that A) didn't do the wave, and 2) Waits for the fucking whistle.