Forwards - Jaden Schwartz/Paul Stastny/Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Zach Sanford/Ivan Barbashev/Magnus Paajarvi
Ryan Reaves/Kyle Brodziak/Scottie Upshall
Defensemen - Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo
Colton Parayko/Joel Edmundson
Robert Bortuzzo/Carl Gunnarsson
Goaltender - Jake Allen
The Blues finish up their road trip with the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche were fresh off a disappointing loss to the Blackhawks. A game in which the Avs' gave up 5 goals in the third period. Meanwhile, the Blues were coming off a strong 3-0 win against the Coyotes.
First Period -
The Avalanche brought the pressure to the Blues early in this one. Matt Nieto gets in unopposed on Allen. Nieto tries to go backhand on Allen, but Allen makes the save keeping the game scoreless.
The Blues were still on their heels when the Avs' scored their first goal. John Mitchell (who didn't even play in the last game for the Avalanche)wrists one past Allen for the 1-0 Colorado lead. Way to skate back on that one 75.
The Avalanche kept pushing. Allen was forced to make a save on Matt Duchene after Berglund couldn't clear the puck out of the zone.
At the end of the period shots on goal were 11-9 in favor of the Avalanche.
Second Period -
The second period proved to be just as rough for the Blues as the first was. Although it didn't help that the Blues were with out Paul Statsny for the rest of the game. He appeared to take a shot off the foot(?) and left after that. Later it was said that it wasn't the initial shot that hurt him, but that he tweaked something. Jake Allen was once again needed to make some timely saves early in the period to keep the game 1-0.
The Blues were able to get one past Avs' starter Calvin Pickard with about three minutes to go in the period. Zach Sanford starts the play off by getting the puck deep into the Avs' zone. The puck then finds its way back to Sanford who backhands a pass over to Berglund right in the slot. Berglund didn't miss from the ladies tee tying the game at one on his 20th goal of the year.
The Blues were still outshot by the Avs' 10-8 in the period, but were able to get on the board.
Third Period -
The flood gates opened for the Blues in the third. It started with Magnus Paajarvi giving the Blues the 2-1 lead coming off a powerplay. The Avs' were just coming back to full strength when Barbashev fires a one timer toward the net. Paajarvi got a stick on it in front and the Blues go 1-up on Colorado. Paajarvi scored his sixth goal of the year.
Jaden "I'm never scoring an NHL goal again" Schwartz finally got his 15th goal of the year on a rebound chance in front.
The Avs' tried to make a game out of it late in the third. Mark Barberio scores a goal from a weird angle to cut the Blues lead to one...
...but number 21 scored number 21 on an empty net chance sealing the 4-2 win for the Blues.
The Blues outshot the Avs' in that final period and overall for the game. 29-28 in favor of the Blues. Jake Allen picks up the win in a game that (on paper) the Blues should have won handedly. Zach Sanford picks up the third star of the game after assisting on two of four Blues goals. The Blues return home Thursday to take on the Canucks.
From the Twitter Machine:
Yeo gives an update on Stastny. All reports were saying that he'll be back on Thursday.
Maybe Berglund is instructing Sanford on how to Bergie?
Never thought I'd see Paajarvi talk about character wins, but here we are.
Paajarvi: "It was a character win today. We battled through and we found a way." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) March 22, 2017
Player of the Game.
The monkey that finally got off of Schwartz's back.