Vladimir Sobotka - Paul Stastny - Tage Thompson
Ivan Barbashev - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Patrik Berglund - Kyle Brodziak - Alexander Steen
Scottie Upshall - Magnus Paajarvi
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo
Vince Dunn also rotated in to help ease Bouwmeester back into action
After a disappointing night in Dallas, the Blues were right back at it tonight as they took on the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes were coming off a win against Pittsburg the night before. The Blues were playing with 11 forwards tonight, so some guys slid up into spots they didn’t normally find themselves in. One of those guys was Kyle Brodziak. He scored the Blues first goal off a pass from his new line mate Alexander Steen just 43 seconds in.
Moving ahead to the second, just 42 seconds into the period the Blues get their second goal of the night. Patrik Berglund finished a great two on one break with himself and Alex Pietrangelo.
The Blues haven’t been good on the powerplay as of late. Tonight wasn’t any better. Late on a man advantage, Carolina starter Scott Darling lost his stick. A Colton Parayko slap shot caused him to lose the stick. However, the Blues couldn’t get a shot on net to take advantage of Darling’s situation. In fact the puck was inadvertently shot out of the zone and down the ice. Derek Ryan was just coming out of the penalty box and picked up the loose puck. He got in on Carter Hutton and slid the puck past the goaltender to cut the Blues lead to just one. I for one am all for the Blues never going on the man advantage again.
The Hurricanes tied the game at two in the second on a goal from Lucas Wallmark. (No, not Walmart as I heard all game) Sebastian Aho brought the puck into the the Carolina offensive zone. Aho got it to Noah Hanifin who then got it to Wallmark standing right in front of the net.
Scottie Upshall untied the game midway through the third period. Vladimir Tarasenko made a great pass to Brayden Schenn. Brayden Schenn then made a great pass to Scottie Upshall. Upshall then made a great shot on net that beat Darling right between his legs.
The Hurricanes found themselves in a 6 on 4 situation at the end of the game. They were put in that situation after Brodziak shot the puck out of play. Delay of game. Which by the way still continues to be the dumbest penalty in the NHL, but that’s for another time. Carter Hutton made some big stops and helped the Blues defeat the Hurricanes 3-2.
Shots, shots, shots, shots, everybody!
STL: 29 CAR: 25
Kyle Brodziak (7) from Alexander Steen (16) and Alex Pietrangelo (20)
Patrik Berglund (6) from Alex Pietrangelo (21) and Kyle Brodziak (8)) and K
Derek Ryan (9) unassisted.
Lucas Wallmark (1) from Noah Hanifan (13) and Sebastian Aho (18)
Scottie Upshall (6) from Brayden Schenn (24) and Vladimir Tarasenko (22)
From the Twitter Machine:
I want whatever he had for pregame.
Yeost Game from FSMW:
That’s Panger Award Winner Kyle Brodziak to you.
Kyle Brodziak on the #stlblues using 11 forwards and seven defensemen against the #Canes: "It's different. It's a little more chaotic on the bench, trying to figure out who's going, but it was fun." pic.twitter.com/8tNCTePvTA— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) December 31, 2017
Player of the Game.
The month of December. For being over. Oh and this GIF