Forwards: Jaden Schwartz/Paul Stastny/Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Nail Yakupov/Ivan Barbashev/Magnus Paajarvi
Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen: Alex Pietrangelo/Jay Bouwmeester
Carl Gunnarsson/Robert Bortuzzo
Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko
Goaltender: Jake Allen
Less than a week ago, the Blues handed the Ducks a late loss in St. Louis. The Blues continued the west coast swing tonight against the Ducks after beating the L.A. Kings Monday night. Jonathan Bernier started for the Ducks after John Gibson got the surprising start in St. Louis.
The Blues had scored the first goal in their previous five straight games. That streak ended tonight as Rickard Rakell put the Ducks on the board first. Jay Bouwmeester turned the puck over to Ryan Getzlaf, who then tipped the puck over to Rakell who scored his 30th goal of the year. Somehow Bouwmeester was not given an assist on the play.
The Blues held the Ducks to 6 shots on goal at the end of one, but were trailing 1-0. The Blues were able to fire off 10 shots of their own, but couldn't get one past Bernier.
The Ducks almost jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Jake Allen was able to make the initial save. He then lost the puck. Luckily the second chance was deflected out of harms way. It remained a 1-0 game.
Chris Wagner introduced* himself to Joel Edmundson. (*Introduced in this instance was nearly put him through the boards)
The Ducks made it 2-0 while the Blues were on the powerplay. Cogliano got the play started and got it into the Ducks offensive zone. Cogliano lost the puck. Three Blues skated past him and Cogliano was able to recollect the puck. Cogliano then passed it over to Getzlaf who wristed it past three Blues and Jake Allen for the Ducks 2-0 lead. If you were keeping track that's two Ducks goals on just eight shots. Not a good look.
Toward the end of the second the Ducks were on a powerplay. Jaden Schwartz almost returned the shorthanded favor. He made a great individual effort to strip the puck away not once, but twice. He then fired a shot on net, only for it to be stopped by Bernier. Schwartz is never going to score another goal again is he?
The Ducks railed to put up eight shots on goal in the second. The Blues had seven.
The Blues finally were able to get one by Bernier. The effort lacked by the team in the second, was made up for in the third. Too bad it was the last ten minutes of the third. They made their big push and the Barbashev line was rewarded for their hard work. Magnus "I'm going back to Chicago over my dead body" Paajarvi made a beautiful pass to Barbashev who tipped it in for the goal. Barbashev got his third goal of the year. The Blues got the Ducks lead cut in half. There was a chance...
Unfortunately, that chance didn't come to pass, and the Blues fell to the Ducks 2-1. Final shots on goal were 27-22 in favor of the Blues. The team is right back at it...well tonight as they take on the Sharks in San Jose. The game doesn't start until 9:30 so get your pre-game naps in. Hopefully the Blues do.
From The Twitter Machine:
Post game from the coach:
That could've been fun....
Player of the Game:
Anyone that's reading this right now. Who needs sleep right?