Forwards: Jaden Schwartz/Alexander Steen/Vladimir Tarasenko
Magnus Paajarvi/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Jori Lehtera/Ivan Barbashev/Zach Sanford
Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko
Petteri Lindbohm/Jordan Schmaltz
Goaltender: Jake Allen
The Blues haven't beat the Jets all year. The Jets are out of the playoffs. The Jets also have the Blues number for whatever reason. One of those two rang true again tonight.
Just 35 seconds into the game, Alex Pietrangelo scored off his own rebound to open it up for the two teams. Jets' starter Michael Hutchinson made the initial saves on Pietrangelo kept at it. Finally he was able to get it over the goal line. Couldn't ask for a better start.
Shots in the first were 9-4 in favor of the Jets. If it wasn't for a cross bar late, this game could have been tied at the end of one.
The second period, for whatever reason, hasn't been the Blues best on average. Tonight, it was one of the worst that the Blues have played this year. Patrik Laine scores the Jets first goal just a minute and forty seven seconds into the period. Laine was able to collect a Jake Allen rebound and deposit it from right in front of the net.
The Jets second goal came less than 30 seconds later. Nikolaj Ehlers scores a wrap around goal on a Blues delayed penalty. Dmitrij Jaskin thought that this was the best goal in the history of goals.
The Jets weren't finished. Already have taken a 2-1 lead, Mark Stuart fires a puck that bounced off a Blues player and past Allen to make it 3-1 in just over a minute.
Jori Lehtera returned to the lineup, and actually made himself useful. Lehtera scored his seventh goal of the year on a one time chance.
Blues were outshot 11-9 in the second period. Given how they played, they were lucky it wasn't much worse.
Jake Allen appeared to have made a huge glove save to keep the game at 3-2. That was until it was determined that his whole glove had crossed the goal line. His glove crossing the goal line wouldn't have been a big deal...if the puck hadn't been in it. It was originally ruled no goal. Whether or not there was enough evidence to over turn it? Eeeeeeeehhhh.
Laine scored his second of the night making it 5-2 Jets and ending Jake Allen's night. This was the first goaltending change in the Yeo era. So there's that.
Silver lining, the Blues outshot the Jets 13-11 in the third. Other than that, this game was flat, and the Blues played awful. Way too many mistakes in front of Allen. The Blues posted an 0-4-1 record against the Jets getting outscored 21-10 in those games. The Blues hit the road again (for the last time in the regular season) to take on the Panthers Thursday.
From the Twitter Machine:
The official explanation from the NHL on the glove goal.
#HockeyOps explains review of M. Scheifele's goal at 4:48 of 3rd period in @NHLJets/@StLouisBlues game. https://t.co/of2rWimVu3 #WPGvsSTL— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 5, 2017
Someone stop handing out guns...
Steen says #stlblues "shot ourselves in the foot tonight," but on the whole he's pleased with the team's progression this season. pic.twitter.com/MHiyp8BjsO— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) April 5, 2017
I mean we might?
Allen on Sheifele's goal: "Apparently we've got satellites in Mars that can see that, or it could have a been different game." #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 5, 2017
Player of the Game:
Anyone that was able to find the Blues game on TV. Thanks FSMW.