Forwards: Alexander Steen/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Kenny Agostino/Ivan Barbashev/Magnus Paajarvi
Scottie Upshall/Wade Megan/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson/Kevin Shattenkirk
Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko
Goaltender: Carter Hutton
The Blues took the ice on their final trip to Joe Louis Arena. It wouldn't take them long to make themselves at home. The scoring started when Ivan Barbashev beat Red Wings starter Petr Mrazek with a wrist shot. The puck seemed to have eyes as it found a hole and the back of the net. Barbashev get's his second goal of the year and just like that it's 1-0 Blues. How about that three man wolfpack line?
Hutton keeps it 1-0 after he stops a Anthony Mantha shot with a screen in front of the net.
Later in the period, a combination of some good defense from forwards and good play from Hutton kept the Red Wings off the scoreboard. Tarasenko partially blocks a shot that came from a rebound chance. Hutton was able to make the save on that chance. Barbashev then makes a heads up play to wack the puck from the front of the net to deny the Wings another chance at a shot on goal.
In the second period, Barbashev makes a bid for his second goal of the night. Mrazek denies him with the glove and keeps Ivan from making it 2-0.
The three man wolfpack line continued to get chances on Mrazek. Captain Umlaut was even able to get in on the action. He was able to squeeze in between two Detroit defenders and get in an excellent point blank chance. Unfortunately, Mrazek was able to make the save.
The Blues best chance in the third came from the stick of Jaden Schwartz. Mrazek was able to use his head to keep it out though. Literally. Schwartz rang one right off of Petr's dome, and still the score remained 1-0.
Carter Hutton hunkered down and kept the Blues in it late in the third. Thomas Vanek fired the initial shot on goal. That's when all hell broke loose in front of the net. Somehow Hutton and the Blues kept the puck out of the back of the net.
Schwartz sealed it with an empty netter, number 14 on the year for Jaden.
Game over. Blues win 2-0 and Hutton gets yet another shutout on the road. The Blues sweep the five game road trip. They hit the ice tomorrow night back at Drink Scotch against the Canuckle heads.
From The Twitter Machine:
From the "Is this good" department:
Hutton stats for past 6 road starts: 5-1, 1.05 GAA, .963 save percentage— Tom Timmermann (@tomtimm) February 16, 2017
The Blues went from God awful on the road to this:
Victory is mine! Er, theirs. Whatever.
And Finally, a tribute to the Red Wings owner who passed recently. As much as some of us hated (or still hate) Detroit this is a sad loss to the hockey (and baseball) community.