Vladimir Sobotka - Paul Stastny - Alexander Steen
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Magnus Paajarvi - Oskar Sundqvist - Beau Bennett
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Chris Thorburn
Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Nate Prosser - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo
As noted above, both Beau Bennett and Nate Prosser drew into the lineup for the Blues last night. The Flames found the scoresheet first. Mikael Backlund helped the Flames gain possession of the puck at their end of the ice. He then took a feed from St. Louis’ own Matthew Tkachuk and put it in the back of the net. Four minutes into the game it’s 1-0 Flames.
With only two and a half minutes left in the first period the Blues got the equalizer. Paul Stastny collected the puck and passed it around the boards to Vladimir Sobotka. Sobotka found Steen who in turn blasted a one timer past Flames starter Eddie Lack. Blues tie it at one headed in to the locker room after one.
Just four minutes and change into the second period the Blues scored their first power play goal of the night. Good puck movement from Scheen to Steen to Tarasenko led to an initial scoring chance that rang off the pipe. Tarasenko managed to collect the puck and backhand it to a waiting Schwartz who scored his seventh of the year into a wide open net. 2-1 Blues.
Moments later, the Blues scored on the power play again. The captain continues his hot start with his fourth of the year. Pietrangelo walked right into the faceoff circle and fired a wrister on net. The puck found its way through bodies in front and the sweet sweet feeling of into net. Three to one Blues and if you’re keeping track Steen has three points to this point in the game.
The Blues also benefitted from some key saves from Jake Allen. Johnny Gaudreau breaks out on a stretch pass. Not good. Jake Allen with the great save. Good. Expert analysis here folks.
Jake Allen taketh away great chance for the Flames, but then giveth them this beauty of a play. Allen went behind the net to play the puck. He then tripped over his own to feet (skates even) turned the puck over and the Flames were able to put it in the back of the net to pull back to within one goal. It could have been worse. We could not be laughing about it today.
Allen does his best to make up for it at the end of the second however with this pad save on St. Louis’ own Tkachuk. Great passing from the Flames allowed for another chance at Allen, but he had his feet under him this time.
Late in the third the Blues added two more goals to the sheet. The first one came from St. Louis’ own Paul Stastny as he was able to fire a wrister up and over Lack for the Blues 4-2 lead. And the Steen point total went up to four for the night as he had 3 assists and a goal.
The second came after Lack just said eff it and left. (No, not really, but they did pull him) Schenn tried to seal it, but couldn’t after his shot found the post. Edmundson was there though and said “I got this” (probably) and fired it into the back of the net sealing the 5-2 win for the good guys.
The Blues have points in every game but 2 improving to 7-2-1 on the year. Final shot totals were 28 for the Blues and 25 for the Flames. The Blues fly out to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes before coming right back to Scottrade on Saturday when they host the Blue Jackets.
Obvious hat winner is obvious....
From the “As if anyone needed more of a reason that ESPN NHL power rankings are a joke” Department
Player of the Game:
Vince Dunn. He’s really played like he wants to stay with the big club. Been a great addition to the team with Bouwmeester out.