Forwards - Alexander Steen/Paul Stastny/Magnus Paajarvi
Jaden Schwartz/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko
Dmitrij Jaskin/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Ivan Barbashev/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen - Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson/Robert Bortuzzo
Goaltender - Jake Allen
Tonight the Blues faced off against the Edmonton Oilers at Scottrade. The Blues came into the game limping after losing three in a row. This was also the first game of the "life after Shatty" defense. The Blues were able to get some pressure on Oilers starter Cam Talbot. Paul Stastny continued to get chances in front of the net that he just couldn't seem to get passed anyone.
Not only were the defensive corps without Shattenkirk, the powerplay was with out it's quarterback. Enter in Alex Pietrangelo to that spot and well...it looked pretty decent early on. Alexander Steen was able to launch a one timer from the top of the face off circle.
After the stopage, the Blues were on the attack again. This time they struck the score sheet. Pietrangelo fires one on net and Paul Stastny finally gets his goal. Stastny gets his 16th of the year, and it's 1-0 Blues.
The Blues wouldn't have that lead for long. Less than a minute later, Milan Lucic fires a slapshot past Allen that tied the game at one.
Late in the first period, Allen somehow keeps a bid from Patrick Maroon out of the net. Allen's pad kept the puck right on the line and the game tied at one.
Allen made some great saves at the very end of the first on the Oilers 5 on 3 powerplay.
Unfortunately, the very beginning of the second saw the Oilers second goal. Jake Allen comes out of the crease to challenge Connor McDavid. That's all fine and dandy when it works out. The puck squirted out of Allen's pads. The Oilers picked it up and Mark Letestu gives the Oilers the 2-1 lead.
Jumping ahead to the third, the Blues had some chances to put the puck in the net. The only problem with that was Talbot wasn't letting any of them go in. Jaden Schwartz was able to grab a loose puck and get a back handed chance feet away from Talbot.
Stastny and Tarasenko combine for this chance on Talbot, but again he was up to the task.
Jaden Schwartz has another chance, but hits the side of the net. Bortuzzo ends up with the puck. Gets the puck on net but Talbot smothers the puck.
Patrik Berglund and David Perron combined for a great chance late in the third. Berglund back hands a shot toward the net. Perron gets his stick on it and deflects it. Talbot makes the save...again.
The Blues lose a close one 2-1. The Blues are back at it again Friday night in Winnipeg. Tomorrow is the trade deadline. Tune in to Game Time AM for all of your coverage.* (*Of Army doing absolutely nothing) -Hot Take Horn-
From The Twitter Machine:
In the final minute of the last four games the #stlblues have only registered one shot on goal— Patrick Kelly (@patrickkelly250) March 1, 2017
Blues have had 3:11 of power play time. They have 8 shots on goal then. In other 36:49 of game, they also have 8 shots on goal.— Tom Timmermann (@tomtimm) March 1, 2017
Yeost game comments:
You know, so are the fans Paul...
Paul Stastny: "We're not winning, I think everyone's pissed off around here." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) March 1, 2017
Player of The Game:
Alcohol. As in I hope you're stocked up for the rest of the year.