Vladimir Sobotka - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Alexander Steen
Magnus Paajarvi - Patrik Berglund - Sammy Blais
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Dmitrij Jaskin
Alex Pietrangelo - Jay Bouwmeester
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo
Jake Allen. And Carter Hutton for about three minutes. (More on that in a minute)
The Blues went up north to America’s hat to take on the Montreal Canadiens tonight. After losing in OT to Minnesota the Blues were on a three game skid. Not ideal. The Blues had also given up the first goal in each of those three games. Again, not ideal. Something had to change for the boys in blue. It did tonight, with the Blues scoring the first goal of the night off of the stick of Brayden Schenn. Schenn finds the back of the net in the first five minutes of the game. On the scoring play, Schenn gets the initial shot on net. The puck found it’s way to Jaden Schwartz. Schwartz passed it back to Schenn who one times it into the net past Canadiens starter Carey Price.
The Canadiens didn’t walk away empty handed in the first though. Jordie Benn finds the back of the net with about five minutes left in the first. Benn just launched the puck from the point. It found its way through traffic, and over Allen’s shoulder to tie the game at one.
In the second period, the Blues netted two goals. Not only did they notch two goals but they did it in seven seconds. SEVEN. The first goal was from some great passing from the fourth line. Jaskin brings the puck into the zone easily. He backhanded the puck over to a waiting Upshall (and an open net) who buried it and made the appropriate celly after the goal. 2-1.
As mentioned above the Blues scored their second goal seven seconds after the first goal. Schenn won the face off after the Upshall goal. The puck went to Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo found Schenn and Schenn was off. Schenn got a wrister on net, and buried it top shelf to give the Blues the 3-1 lead.
During the second, a weird thing happened. Ok, it wasn’t weird, but it’s uncommon. Jake Allen broke a skate blade. Oops.
Well, you don't see that everyday. Hutton in net after Allen goes off with an equipment malfunction. pic.twitter.com/Lopz4Uu6NM— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) December 6, 2017
Carter Hutton came in for about 3 minutes, but they could have put a lawn chair out in the crease and been ok as The Canadiens didn’t get any pressure on. Allen did come back in, and Shea Weber welcomed him back. Weber, off of a Habs face off, win fired what looked to be a curve ball or curve puck(?) on net. It beat Allen, and pulled the Habs to within one.
More of the same for Weber and the Habs in the third. Weber scored his second goal of the night off a Habs face off win. Only this one came off his famous hard shot. It beat Allen five hole, and just like that this game was tied at two.
With under 8 minutes to go in the game, Brayden Schenn completed his hat trick. Schenn scored his third of the game off of a defensemen’s foot, and gave the Blues the 4-3 lead and ultimately the win.
The Blues leave town with the 4-3 win and the combination of Schenn and Schwartz just keep on rolling. The Blues come back home to take on the Stars Thursday night.
Stat of the Night:
Not only did the Blues get a hat trick tonight thanks to Schenn, but they got one last year to thanks to one Patrik Berglund. Maybe we need to sign a petition to have the Blues play more games in Montreal.
Brayden Schenn (11) from Jaden Schwartz (20)
Jordie Benn (4) from Tomas Plekanec (10) and Daniel Carr
Scottie Upshall (4) from Dmitrij Jaskin (6)
Brayden Schenn (12) from Alex Pietrangelo (14)
Shea Weber (5)* from Andrew Shaw (7)
Shea Weber (6) from Andrew Shaw (8)
Brayden Schenn (13) from Jaden Schwartz (21) and Colton Parayko (13)
SOG: 30 for STL and 25 for MTL
From The Twitter Machine:
Ok, I lied here is another stat of the night:
All four of the Blues goals were 5 on 5. They had just three in the previous five games— Tom Timmermann (@tomtimm) December 6, 2017
TALK TO PANGER EVERY DAY BRAYDEN.
And we’ve got two words for ya!
Player of the game:
The Equipment guys for getting Allen back out so quickly. But maybe we can get the skates not on clearance next time huh?