Alexander Steen - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Sammy Blais
Magnus Paajarvi - Ivan Barbashev - Vladimir Sobotka
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Dmitrij Jaskin
Carl Gunnarsson - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo
The Blues were a part of the “Wednesday Night Rivalry” as they took on the Chicago Blackhawks at Scottrade. The Blues coming off a couple of losses in Florida looked to get back to their winning ways. Jaden Schwartz opened up the scoring for the game. Vladimir Tarasenko somehow finds Schwartz in front of the net. Schwartz back hands the puck into the back of the net and gave the Blues the 1-0 lead. Brent Seabrook doing his best impersonation of a traffic cone sitting on 64 on the play. Maybe someone should have told him to wake up.
Schwartz’s night went from good to bad though later in the period. Schwartz and Richard Panik were battling for a loose puck. At first it had looked as though Panik tripped Schwartz causing him to go crashing face first into the boards. However, that was not the case, as Schwartz just tripped himself up. In the end, it hurt the same way.
Oooof, Jaden Schwartz has brutal collision with the boards after losing his balance pic.twitter.com/CJcIkisqzC— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) October 19, 2017
The Blues played the rest of the period without Schwartz. Five minutes to go in the first, Allen makes a solid save on Nick Schmaltz.
With the start of the second period came the return of Schwartz. Complete with a little ice/board burn. Character marks or so some might say. Whatever they were, they didn’t bother him all that much when he scored his second goal of the night. Jake Allen made this play happen. Allen collected the puck and made a beautiful pass down the ice. Catching Schwartz in stride, Schwartz was able to do the rest. That included making Crawford look silly and giving the Blues a two goal lead.
Moments later the Blues made it three to nothing. Tarasenko forced a turnover, fired it on net and beat Crawford.
Random stat of the second period that really didn’t matter for the most part but was neat: The Blackhawks committed five tripping penalties through two periods. They had all of eight shots on goal. This seems like a bad way to win a hockey game. In the third period, things started off right for the Blues. Tarasenko and Kyle Brodziak come in on Crawford on a two on one. If you thought Tarasenko got the puck and scored, well you’d be wrong. Brodziak fires a great shot past Crawford to make it 4-0. The Blues were cruising at this point.
Moments later Jake Allen made the save of the night (perhaps of the short year) by absolutely robbing Patrick Kane.
Late in the third, the Blackhawks received a four minute powerplay for a high stick and a “roughing” on Sobotka. The Blackhawks scored in the first half of that double minor cutting the lead to three.
The very end of that double minor netted the same result for the Blackhawks, but this one came with some controversy. Ryan Hartman got credit for the second Blackhawks powerplay goal after the puck deflected off of him and into the net. Not only was he on top of Allen, but he was interfering with Allen’s ability to play the puck. Yet no interference was called because he was “pushed” into Allen. The fans didn’t buy it. Neither did the Blues who challenged the call of a goal. Unfortunately the goal stood making it a 4-2 game. Shoutout to Brodziak hitting the Rock Bottom at the end of that play.
With Crawford having a seat on the bench, the Blues attacked an empty net. Which for awhile seemed to have a forcefield around it, because the Blues couldn’t hit it. Finally, Schwartz was rewarded for his outstanding effort of the night with his third goal.
That goal sealed the 5-2 win for the Blues. The Blues dominated the Blackhawks for most of the game. (At one point shots were 26-8 in favor of St. Louis) The Blackhawks poured it on late, but the Blues were able to hang on and get the win. Final shot totals for the teams were Blues: 33 Blackhawks: 24. Carl Gunnarsson hit the 500 NHL game club. Tarasenko’s goal was his 150th and Mike Yeo got his 200th NHL win. These two teams won’t play again until March because the NHL schedule dart board was weird this year. You won’t have to wait that long for more hockey though as the Blues travel to Denver to take on the Avs tomorrow night.
Awesome Moment of The Night That Didn’t Even Happen on The Ice. Hashtag Fuck Cancer.
Funny Pictures Because The Blues Were The Team That Won:
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It would be really easy of me to pick Schwartz here, but I’m gonna give it to Jaskin. He had a helluva game tonight including several offensive opportunities. To include the Ken Hitchcock memorial wrap around. Just really loved his game tonight. Maybe that benching did some good?