Forwards: Alexander Steen/Paul Stastny/Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz/Patrik Berglund/Magnus Paajarvi
Ivan Barbashev/Jori Lehtera/David Perron
Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo
Robert Bortuzzo/Kevin Shattenkirk
Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko
Goaltender: Jake Allen
Tonight the Blues were playing their last game before the "bye week" or free days off. Whatever you want to call it. Their opponents were The Jaromir Jagr's featuring the Florida Panthers. The Panthers coming into this game had won their last four in a row. Looking to make it five, Allen had to be alert early on. Reilly Smith got a great chance right in front that Allen was able to turn aside.
Jonathan Marchessault opened up the scoring for the two teams. Kevin Shattenkirk, maybe in hopes of torpedoing his trade chances, gives up the puck behind Allen. Nick Bjugstad picks up the loose puck. Blugstad slides it over to Marchessault who somehow sneaks it past the goal line and Allen. Marchessault gets his 17th of the year and it's 1-0 Panthers.
Keeping with the theme of defensive turn overs, Robert Bortuzzo loses the puck near the net. The puck was passed over to Blugstad who fires it point blank at Allen. Allen made the save but that was two chances on defensive turnovers for the Panthers.
The Blues did have their chances in the first period. That included a Colton Parayko bid that hit both the crossbar and the far post. Tarasenko gets in on a partial break against Panthers starter James Reimer (That's right, they didn't even start Roberto Luongo). Reimer makes the save with his shoulder or arm to keep the game 1-0.
The Blues headed to the locker room at the end of the first down by one despite outshooting the Panthers in the period 12-8.
Moving to the second period, the Blues best chance came to the stick of Jori Lehtera. If you thought that maybe he tied the game, you'd be wrong unfortunately. Perron makes a great centering pass to Lehtera who banks it into Reimer's pad.
The Blues had a similar chance to score on a similar play towards the end of the period. Jaden Schwartz centers the puck towards the net. Perron was there, but Reimer was somehow able to make the save and preserve the 1-0 Panthers lead.
The Blues finally broke through in the third. Recently returned Kyle Brodziak ties the game at one thanks to his 7th goal of the year. Parayko shoots the puck on net, that finds its way to Reaves. Reaves then backhands it on net. Another rebound comes out and Brodziak was there to bang home the chance. 1-1. The fourth line seems to bail out the Blues more often that not. Good thing the Panthers weren't exactly flying around the ice either.
What would this recap be without a Jagr highlight? Allen denies Jagr's best chance of the night.
With all of 4.6 seconds left, the Blues gave up the game winning goal. With all of the traffic in front Allen didn't even moved. The puck sailed past him and that sealed the win for the Panthers. That was Trocheck's 21st of the year and a dagger in the Blues hearts.
Despite that, Allen had himself another decent game. The first goal wasn't completely his fault and the winner, well you can't stop what you can't see. The Blues failed to even get a point out of a game that they could/should have. The Blues don't play again until Sunday when they take on the Blackhawks in Chicago.
From The Twitter Machine.
When asked Demers said "spaghetti" and they cleared him to return to the ice.
And this in from the no shit department:
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And finally, let's take your mind off of that shitshow and focus on a postive.
Player of the Game:
Anyone not listening to KSHE after 80's hairband night.