Forwards - Jaden Schwartz/Alexander Steen/Vladimir Tarasenko
Magnus Paajarvi/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Zach Sandford/Ivan Barbashev/Dmitrij Jaskin
Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen - Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko
Petteri Lindbohm/Jordan Schmaltz
Goaltender - Jake Allen
The Blues and Predators took to the ice in an afternoon tilt. One of these two teams was going to be alone in third in the Central. Pekka Rinne shut the Wild out yesterday, so he got the day off today. Juuse Saros got the start today.
First Period - After killing off a 5-on-3 powerplay Vladimir Tarasenko makes the game 1-0 on a beautiful shot. Schwartz brings the puck into the zone and feeds it over to Tarasenko. Tarasenko then fires off a not so great angled shot and scored. Still good. Verified.
The Blues had to kill off yet another 5-on-3 when two Blues were called for infractions. The first one was actually what was called. They're still looking for the sniper that caused the second one. If anyone has any information please call the STLPD.
With the Blues down two guys again, the Predators took advantage. Jake Allen could only do so much on this one. Ryan Johansen picked up the loose puck and fired it into the net. Game tied at one, and needless to say the ref'ing wouldn't get any better.
The Blues were outshot 13-7 in the first, but spent almost half killing off penalties.
Second Period - The Blues had just finished up the powerplay (which looks god awful without Stastny out there) when Steen finds the back of the net. Perron centered the puck, and Steen found it. 2-1 good guys.
The broadcast mentioned that the Preds' were the best in the NHL in second period goals. No one sent the Blues players that memo. In fact it was the Blues that found the back of the net again in the second. David Perron makes a great individual effort to score. Pietrangelo kept the puck in the zone and moved it to Perron. Perron skates around Subban and deposits the puck for the 3-1 lead.
Towards the end of the period, Jake Allen made a terrific save by using his head. Literally. Craig Smith shot the puck at the net and it clangs off of Jake Allen's mask. Whatever works right?
Shots that period were 9-8 in favor of the Perds, but clearly the Blues were the better team in the frame.
Third Period - Joel Edmundson wanted to get in on this goal scoring party. Edmundson and Barbashev broke out on a 2 on 1 with Edmundson carrying the puck down the ice. Edmundson shot it on net with Saros making the initial save. Joel was there to collect his rebound and put it in the net to make it 4-1.
The Blues wouldn't look back after that. Your final score was 4-1. Jake Allen played an outstanding game saving 35 of 36 shots. He was really aggressive in this one. His confidence has to be through the roof. The Blues play at home again Tuesday night taking on the GD Jets.
From the Twitter Machine:
The fans weren't the only ones happy about Edmundson's goal.
Steen on Edmundson goal: "To see 'Eddy' get rewarded like that, I think you could see everybody on bench was jazzed up for him." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 3, 2017
In case you were wondering on how the West was shaping up.
Perron on his "Slashing Call"
Perron laughed: "I don't know, I must have had a baseball bat or something. I'm getting ready to play later on." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 2, 2017
Because Team STL today...
Wait for it... pic.twitter.com/heaytpKSnE— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 2, 2017
Player of the Game:
St. Louis sports fans today pic.twitter.com/MbijamfiSv— Cole Padawer (@HKY_Tweets) April 2, 2017