Forwards: Alexander Steen/Paul Stastny/Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz/Patrik Berglund/Magnus Paajarvi
Kenny Agostino/Jori Lehtera/David Perron
Scottie Upshall/Ivan Barbashev/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo
Robert Bortuzzo/Kevin Shattenkirk
Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko
Goaltender: Jake Allen
Let's face it, the Blues first period last night was lackluster. That's probably being too nice. Tonight however, was totally a different story. Now the Blues didn't score in the first but they sure did get some pressure on Senators starter Andrew Hammond. Not only did the Blues come out firing tonight, Jake Allen looked strong early on. The Blues had 13 shots on goal in the first period.
The Blues got the first goal of the night thanks to their most recent call up. Captain Umlaut himself, Magnus Paajarvi makes it 1-0 on an incredible individual move to the front of the net. To which he roofed the puck past Hammond. 56 played like he didn't want to make the trip back to Chicago tonight.
The Blues second goal of the night came from the newly formed duo of Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko. Also, can't forget to mention the keep in by David Perron that kept this play alive. Stastny went to the front of the net and fed a wide open Tarasenko who wasn't going to miss from that spot on the ice. Tarasenko gets his 24th of the season and the Blues get a 2-0 lead.
Fast forward to the third period, with the Blues on the powerplay to start things out. Patrik Berglund made it 3-0 on a rebound chance. Kenny Agostino, who had another great night, shoots the puck on net. Berglund doesn't miss a wide open net for his 13th goal of the year.
The Blues were just getting this goal scoring party going. Alexander Steen gets his 11th goal of the year, by not giving up on the play. A lot of credit on this also goes to Paul Stastny on the great play and pass to Steen. Stastny could have shot the puck himself but with some patience got it over to Steen who finished it up. 4-0 Blues.
Tarasenko nets his 25th goal of the year and gives the Blues a 5-0 lead. Talk about not sitting back in the third period. It was confusing as to which team actually played a game last night. It certainly didn't look like St. Louis.
As if their wasn't enough icing on this victory cake, Ivan Barbashev scored his first NHL goal. Not sure what 57 in red was doing in front of the net, but it sure as hell wasn't playing defense. Barashev picks up the loose puck and fires it in the back of the net and the SIX nothing Blues lead.
The Blues go on to shutout the Senators 6-0 and give Coach Yeo his third win behind the bench as head coach. This team has done a complete 180 as far as demeanor goes. It's also amazing what your best center can do with arguably (or not) the best two wingers on the team. Too bad Hitch couldn't figure that out, he'd probably still have his job. In any event the Blues are off until Thursday.
From The Twitter Machine:
From the folks at our alternative headline department, not to be confused with the alternative facts department:
Post game comments from Coach Yeo:
Post game from Stastny, he seems a lot happier lately...
Is that good?
The Blues haven't allowed a goal in 120:18. They have won five of their last seven on the road, with four shutouts.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) February 8, 2017
Tooting my own horn, but seriously guys...
And finally, another great job by our on the road correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter @jmjones. Your fancy stat of the night. Or maybe the Paajarvi curse is broke...nah.
By the way, both of Magnus Paajarvi’s goals this season are GWG. https://t.co/CRBFuBvRSF— St Louis Game Time (@StLouisGameTime) February 8, 2017
Player of the Game:
Jake Allen. Stopped all 30 shots he faced. And everyone who let me know what the hell Poutine is.