Forwards: Alexander Steen/Paul Stastny/Vladimir Tarasenko
Kenny Agostino/Jori Lehtera/David Perron
Jaden Schwartz/Patrik Berglund/Dmitrij Jaskin
Scottie Upshall/Ivan Barbashev/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson/Kevin Shattenkirk
Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko
Goaltender: Carter Hutton
After a less than impressive ending to the homestand Saturday night, the Blues take to the road. First up on the road trip, the Philadelphia Flyers. The Blues were on the ice, but it seemed as if Hutton was the only one actually doing anything in the first. His first of many saves in the first frame (The Flyers had 11 shots all together in the period)came on a Jakub Voracek one time chance.
Midway through the period, Hutton keeps the game tied at 0. Not only does Hutton make the initial save, but he then robs Brayden Schenn of a rebound.
Hutton again kept the game scoreless after making another great save. On this save, he denied Andrew MacDonald on a tip in chance. Hutton was really locked in so far. Which is more than can be said for the rest of the team...
The Blues ended up with all of one shot on goal in the period. Granted Jaskin did manage to hit a post in the period, that was about all the offense the Blues could muster.
The second started out the same as the first one did. With Carter Hutton again leading the charge for the Blues. Nick Cousins had one of the best chances for the Flyers on his stick. Hutton was able to slide over and deny him and the Flyers a 1-0 lead on a great pad save.
The Blues finally rewarded their goaltender's great play with a lead. Paul Stastny gets his 15th of the year on a deflection from Kevin Shattenkirk. This goal was reviewed. Not if there was a distinct kicking motion, but if the play was offsides. After a video review (which you didn't see the puck past the blue line, but it was awful close) the call on the ice stood because there wasn't enough to overturn it. The linesman was litterally feet away from the play and didn't do anything, and you would think that if the play was offsides...Whatever the case, it's 1-0 Blues.
That unlikely hero that was talked about earlier? Kenny Agostino had himself a fine debut for the Blues. Although, it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows. Agostino missed some time in the second after Alex Pietrangelo shot a puck that hit Kenny in the thigh or the side of the knee. In any event it was a spot that didn't feel very good. Never fear though, Kenny comes back at the very end of the second. He'd be back out in the third period, and scores his first goal as a Blue. It was not his first NHL goal however. (2014 while with Calgary he scored against Florida) It gave the Blues the 2-0 lead. Shoutout to Perron for getting that breakaway started.
That's all that the Blues needed tonight and take down the Flyers 2-0. Despite having a season low 16 shots on goal they still end up getting the win. The 57/12/73 line looked like it was the best Blues line tonight. Hopefully these lines stay together moving forward. (Ulterior motive it takes 12 away from Tarasenko *ahem*). The Blues turn around and play again tomorrow night in Ottawa.
From The Twitter Machine:
Can we keep him?
Not only did Kenny Agostino get his first #stlblues goal (second in the NHL), but he led them in shots on goal with four, was a +1 in 14:10.— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) February 7, 2017
Hutton has turned it around on the road, to include shutting out all of Pennsylvania.
On the road, Carter Hutton started 0-3-0 with a 3.75 GAA & .853 SV% in first 7 appearances. In past 5, he's 4-1-0 with a 1.26 GAA & .956 SV%— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) February 7, 2017
Thought you were gonna make it through this without a Rocky reference didn't you...
Here's looking at you kid.
And finally, we all failed. It's only funny because he came back...
By the way, how the hell did everyone miss the "oh my god, you killed Kenny" joke a minute ago?— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) February 7, 2017
Players of the Game:
Hutton, Kenny, and all of us that survived the CSN Philly broadcast. Not a good look NBCSN.