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
Colton Parayko/Joel Edmundson
Jordan Schmaltz/Robert Bortuzzo
Goaltender - Jake Allen
The Blues could clinch a playoff spot by walking off the bus. The Avs...well they're terrible. (In depth analysis at it's finest) Somethings gotta give!
First Period - The Blues opened up the scoring when Ryan Reaves deflected an Upshall shot. Reaves had joked earlier in the day about scoring...Maybe he should joke about it more often as he scored his 5th of the year making it one nothing good guys.
Shots in the first were 13-5 in favor of the Blues. This was shaping up to be a great game for one of the teams at least until....
Second Period -
The Avs thought it best that the second period was a good point to start playing. On one of the Avs many chances in the second (they had 15 shots on goal in the period) Allen denies Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog manages to get a shot on Allen while falling down.
Jay Bouwmeester lazily turns the puck over in front of the net. Allen has to make a series of great saves right in front of him to keep it 1-0. Thanks Fun Bobby.
Moments later, while on the powerplay, Colorado finally ties it up. J.T. Compher comes flying in on a rebound chance and slammed it home. Not a great penalty kill for the Blues. Nathan MacKinnon was able to walk right in and get the initial chance on Allen. Compher was able to get in and clean up the rebound. Traffic cones might have been more defensive in that situation.
Not only did the Blues give up the game tying goal, but they were held to just four shots on goal. Go ahead and mark the Blues take the second period off on your bingo sheets.
Third Period - Well at least one Blue came to win this game.
Jake Allen was the best player on the ice tonight by far. The Blues were again outshot in the third 10-6 by the Avs. Robert Bortuzzo was not out for the third period.
Overtime - Can Allen score a goal in overtime? Asking for the rest of the offense that failed to show up the rest of the game. The Blues had more shots in the first period than the did the rest of regulation COMBINED. Probably not good. Allen was good though, and if you want to know the answer to the above question...it's no. However, he can deny Mikko Rantanen a chance to end the game on a breakaway.
The game would go to the shootout. MacKinnon finally is able to score on Jake Allen and win the game for the Avs 2-1. However with the Blues getting the participation point, they are officially going to the playoffs. Bye Kings. Now, it's just a matter of who they'll play in the first round. But before that there are still 5 hockey games to go. Next up for the Blues is a key matchup with the Predators. That one will probably determine who gets third in the Central.
From The Twitter Machine:
Can we just keep her with the team for the rest of the year? This has been a real treat. She did do a really great interview with Vladdy. I'm sure AS can give up his spot...
Looks like Bortz will be out a few...
The Baby Blues are going to the playoffs too!
Just in from the "No Shit" department.
Reaves: "Looking back from where we were a couple months ago, I think we've played a lot of good hockey." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 1, 2017
Not sure why the Avs feel it necessary to give opposing players seizures while sitting in the box
Player of the Game - Mike Yeo
For getting the Blues to pull their collective heads out of their asses.