Forwards - Alexander Steen/Paul Stastny/Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Dmitrij Jaskin/Jori Lehtera/Magnus Paajarvi
Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen - Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo
Kevin Shattenkirk/Carl Gunnarsson
Colton Parayko/Joel Edmundson
Goaltender - Jake Allen
The Blues were back in action after getting a 5 day break. The Blues were playing the Blackhawks in Chicago on national T.V. What could possibly go wrong? The Blues looked like a team that hadn't looked at ice for five days the first ten or so minutes in the first. Less than five minutes in Jonathan Toews opens up the scoring for the Blackhawks. Toews wins the face off. The 'Hawks push the puck up the ice. Toews ends up with the puck, catches Berglund doing something other than playing defense, and scores on Jake Allen. (Warning: Video contains adult male orgasming on live tv. Thanks Pierre) Toews gets his 16th goal of the year.
The Blackhawks make it 2-0 on Patrick Kane's 24th of the year. Kane and Toews make it look too easy. They walk right into the zone, play catch with the puck and Kane wrists it right past Allen. Not looking good for the Blues so far.
The Blues finally started to get their legs under them after that second Chicago goal. Paul Stastny got one of his many chances in on Chicago starter Scott Darling.
The Blues did finally break through late in the period. Magnus Paajarvi put the Blues on the board with his fourth goal of the year. Paajarvi (not Stastny as the play-by-play says) picks up the loose puck skates in on Darling and scores. The Blues were still down 2-1. The Blues surrendered 20 shots on goal to the 'Hawks in the first.
Moving ahead to the second, with the Blues on the powerplay, Alex Pietrangelo scores his 9th goal tying the game at one. David Perron finds a wide open Pietrangelo in the middle of the ice. Pietrangelo fires the puck off the post and in.
Jake Allen did what he could to keep the Blues in this one. Moments after the Blues tied the game Allen had to make a pair of saves to keep it 2-2.
Moving ahead to late in the third period, Artem Anisimov puts the 'Hawks ahead for good. Jay Bouwmeester was still in vacation mode or thinking about woodworking apparently. He literally watched Anisimov score on Jake Allen. Some might say that Allen was at fault. No. Not on this one.
Tanner Kero adds the empty netter and give the 'Hawks the 4-2 win.
The Blues had their chances, but come up just short. Tarasenko rang one off the pipe. Stastny had at least two good chances to put one in, but couldn't. It could have been a lot worse. The Blues play again Tuesday against the Oilers.
From The Twitter Machine:
So I asked for some help with the recap title tonight...
Same shit, different day. https://t.co/0ndj0WNLfQ— Ghost of Hitch's Hat (@HitchsHat) February 27, 2017
@justin03 "Still shakin' them bushes boss!"— Michael George (@BLUESfanSince67) February 27, 2017
My favorite, but too long...
@justin03 Kevin Shattenkirk lines another date off of his countdown to unrestricted free agency calendar— Patrick Donnelly (@CarpeDonnelly) February 27, 2017
It's a shame that Allen had to take a loss tonight:
And finally, agree 100%
Mike Yeo: "That was disappointing. It felt like after two periods, that should have been a game that we should have been able to grab."— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) February 27, 2017