Forwards - Jaden Schwartz/Alexander Steen/Vladimir Tarasenko
Magnus Paajarvi/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Zach Sanford/Ivan Barbashev/Nail Yakupov
Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen - Alex Pietrangelo/Jay Bouwmeester
Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko
Robert Bortuzzo/Carl Gunnarsson
Goaltender - Jake Allen
The Blues take to the ice after losing that heart breaker to Calgary Saturday night. Meanwhile, if you didn't know, had the TV on mute or are living under a rock, Swansea, Illinois' own Clayton Keller got to debut in front of the home crowd.
First Period - Zzzzzzzz, what huh? Oh, right. The Blues came out awful. Luckily, the Coyotes were awful if not worse. Luckily Jake Allen knew how to stay woke. (That's what all the kids call it these days right?) The Blues were on a powerplay when the Coyotes got a shorthanded chance. Josh Jooris gets a deflection in on Allen, but Allen makes the save keeping it scoreless.
A few moments later, Jake Allen needed to stand tall again. Tobias Rieder gets a wrist shot on Allen from the slot. Allen once again keeps the game scoreless with a glove save. Doing his best to keep his team in it early.
The end of the first finally came to a merciful end. Shots were even in the period with both sides getting five. That almost seemed generous.
Second Period - Business started picking up in the second period. To have been a fly on the wall after the first period. The Blues again started sluggish, but were getting more on track as the period went on. So much so that they were able to open up the scoring for both sides. Jaden Schwartz received a pass from Alexander Steen, who was behind the net. Schwartz one timed his pass past Coyotes starter Mike Smith, and gave the Blues the 1-0 lead.
Minutes later, the Blues strike again. Alex Pietrangelo made it 2-0 on a shot that bounced off the post and in. There were times in the season that the puck probably would have bounce off the post and went the other way. Not tonight.
Jake Allen made one of his, if not his best save of the night. Allen makes an initial save on what was a backhand shot from Christian Dvorak. He then makes a second save on Max Domi that keeps the puck out of the net and the Coyotes off the board. Showed some glove love on this one.
The second saw 16 shots on goal from the Blues and 10 from the Coyotes. Indeed business had picked up.
Third Period - The Coyotes scored about a minute into the period making this game closer than it ever needed to be. Anthony DeAngelo just blasts this puck past Allen to make it 2-1. Not ideal.
That's as close as the Coyotes got tonight though. Jaded Schwartz notched his second goal of the night after making some nifty moves to beat Smith in front of the net. Schwartz probably had enough time to set up some chairs and have some cold ones before he finally shot the puck in the back of the net. Schwartz now has 4 goals in his last four games. I'd like to thank the flood gates for opening.
Late in the game, Vladimir Tarasenko scores a goal while trying to set up Schwartz for a hat trick. Steen started the play, feeding it to Tarasenko, who quickly got it over to Schwartz. Schwartz wasn't able to get the puck in, but the puck did come back out to Tarasenko. Tarasenko finishes the play off, and almost looked as if he regretted doing it. Only because he wanted to get 17 a hat trick. (He was shown on the bench later telling Schwartz that "he tried")
The Blues get their two points and beat the Coyotes at Scottrade 4-1. Once they were able to get passed the first period and a half or so, the team really poured it on. They head back out west to take on the Coyotes in Arizona. Drink your coffee for that one gang it's a 9:30 local start.
From The Twitter Machine:
Aww Nail, doesn't know what the playoffs are like...
Keller on Tarasenko: "It was awesome of him to come up and say, 'Congrats on the first one here.' It's something that I'll never forget."— Sarah McLellan (@azc_mclellan) March 28, 2017
Is that good?
The line of Schwartz (2G, 1A), Steen (4A) and Tarasenko (1G, 2A) finished with 10 points tonight. #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) March 28, 2017