Forwards: Alexander Steen/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Kenny Agostino/Ivan Barbashev/Magnus Paajarvi
Nail Yakupov/Wade Megan/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen: Alex Pietrangelo/Jay Bouwmeester
Robert Bortuzzo/Kevin Shattenkirk
Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko
Goaltender: Jake Allen
The Blues looked for a quick start against the Canucks tonight. The Canucks are on their final game of a long road trip, and the Blues played the night before. The Blues struck first though. Just four and a half minutes into the game Magnus Paajarvi banks one home off of Canucks starter Jacob Markstrom. Ivan Barbashev wins the faceoff. Kevin Shattenkirk collects the puck and fires it toward the net. Paajarvi is there to collect the puck. Magnus banks the puck off of Markstrom's leg to make it 1-0. If there ever was a definition of a Paajarvi goal, that was probably it. Paajarvi picks up his third goal of the year. Shattenkirk gets his first of three assists on the night. (Way to up that trade value..I kid...kind of.)
The Canucks tie the game up at 1 midway through the first. Bo Horvat rifles a shot to the top of the net past Allen. Jay Bouwmeester failed to clear the puck out of the zone. The puck was intercepted and moved up to Horvat who did the rest for his 18th goal of the year.
The Blues score their second goal of the period thanks to Jori Lehtera. No that isn't a typo. Although, this goal was almost called back. Frankly it could have been. The explanation however was that Lehtera tagged up before Steen touched the puck in the zone. Sure. No matter, the Blues pull ahead 2-1 on Lehtera's sixth goal of the year.
Moving ahead to the middle of the second, the creepy Sedin twins tie the game at two. Daniel somehow finds room between his legs and slides it over to Henrik who gets it past Allen.
The Blues had a powerplay to start the third period. They finally took advantage of being up a man after earlier attempts were...average at best. Vladimir Tarasenko notches number 27 on the year. Somehow this puck finds room through traffic and hits the back of the net for a 3-2 Blues lead.
Just four minutes later, the Blues score another powerplay goal. This time Alexander Steen somehow finds room between Markstrom and the post. 4-2 Blues. Steen gets goal number 12 on the year.
The Canucks tried to make a game of it moments later. Brandon Sutter gets his stick on a shot for a tip in goal past Allen to make it 4-3 Blues.
That wound up being your final score 4-3. The Blues have now won six in a row. The Blues have now posted a 7-1-0 record with Mike Yeo at the helm. Yeo now owns the best start for any new coach in Blues history. The Blues are now 7-2 on game two of back to backs. The Blues hit the road against the Sabres Saturday at noon because the NHL is dumb.
From The Twitter Machine:
So Jake Allen had to make a save without his mask tonight. Seriously.
Markstrom pooped a puck...too bad the whistle had already sounded.
Wait for it... pic.twitter.com/4AJUWHoX91— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) February 17, 2017
How about some Yeost game comments:
And finally from the "Is that good?" department.
St Louis Blues have had 21 penalty kills since Mike Yeo took over 8 games ago...they have yet to allow a goal... 21 for 21 on the PK.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) February 17, 2017
Player of the Game:
The line of Agostino/Barbashev/Paajarvi. Just played some great hockey the last two nights.