Patrik Berglund - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen - Paul Stastny - Tage Thompson
Magnus Paajravi - Oskar Sundqvist -Vladimir Sobotka
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Dmitrij Jaskin
Joel Edmundson -Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo
After that abysmal let down in Edmonton, the Blues were in Vancouver taking on the Canucks. The scoring opened when Blues Twitter whipping boy Patrik Berglund backhanded the puck on net. Moments before Berglund had missed a wide open net, after Brayden Schenn made a great effort to steal the puck and get it to Berglund behind everyone but the goaltender. This backhander some how beat Jacob Markstrom. There were bodies in front of the net, but it was really a save that Markstrom probably should have had. In any case, Berglund made it 1-0 Blues.
The Canucks tied it up just two minutes into the second period. Colton Parayko lost the puck in his own end. The Canucks ended up with the possession and proceeded to play keep away from the Blues until Brock Boeser ends up putting it in the back of the net. Just a sequence before this, Alexander Steen had a break away that he couldn’t score on. If Steen had lifted the puck, we’d be saying it was 2-0 Blues and maybe not worrying about this game as much. Instead it’s 1-1 and maybe saying oh boy, here we go again.
The Blues took the lead back in the closing seconds of the second. Kyle Brodziak went to track down a loose puck in the corner. Brodziak then proceeded to fire the puck on net from a really weird angle. The puck ended up in the back of the net (To Darren Pang’s delight) and the Blues now took a 2-1 lead into the locker room at the second intermission. I’m by no means an expert here, but this seemed like a bad goal to give up as time was winding down.
That goal proved to be the game winner. However, newest Blues Twitter whipping boy, Steen put this one on ice with an empty net goal in the closing seconds of the game.
The Blues have a few days off (Thankfully) until they take to the ice Wednesday against the Nashville Predators.
Shots Shots Shots..EVERYBODY!
STL: 34 VAN: 31
Patrik Berglund (5) from Dmitrij Jaskin (8) and Kyle Brodziak (6)
Brock Boeser (20) from Thomas Vanek (13) and Sam Gagner (11)
Kyle Brodziak (6) from Scottie Upshall (8)
Alexander Steen (Empty net; 4) from Vladimir Tarasenko (21)
From The Twitter Machine:
Yeost Game -
Mike Yeo after the #stlblues' win over the #Canucks: "We did a better job staying in the mindset of taking care of the little things and just playing more of a complete game." pic.twitter.com/72muwRylfj— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) December 24, 2017
From the “Is this good?” department
Even after all of the bullshit this year, the Blues can find a way. Well, sometimes. Also, sitting in first in the central.
#stlblues now 19-0-0 when leading after two periods. It's been a tough stretch in last little bit but this team finds a way to lock it down when leading after two. Just wrapped up 11 games in 19 days. Next three days off couldn't have come soon enough.— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) December 24, 2017
Player of the Game:
Santa Claus. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or whatever you might believe or Celebrate. See you Wednesday night.