Forwards: Jaden Schwartz/Ivan Barbashev/Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen/Patrik Berglund/David Perron
Vladimir Sobotka(who would also center Tarasenko and Schwartz at certain times)/Jori Lehtera/Magnus Paajarvi
Dmitrij Jaskin/Zach Sanford/Ryan Reaves
Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester/Chris Butler (on emergency recall as Pietrangelo didn't play)
Colton Parayko/Joel Edmundson
Jordan Schmaltz/Carl Gunnarsson
Goaltender: Jake Allen
The Blues couldn't play in bubble wrap, but they did sit a few guys out for this one. The Avalanche...well they're still terrible, but the last game had to be played.
First Period -
"Playing" might be an over exaggeration for that first period tonight. The Blues and Avs' combined for all of 8 shots on goal. "Mailing it in" comes to mind. On the Blues sixth shot of the period, Zach Sanford scored his fourth of the year for the Blues making it 1-0 good guys. With about 30 seconds left in the period, Sanford scored from the slot on a pass from Dmitrij Jaskin.
Second Period -
The Avs' at least showed up for the second period. Francois Beauchemin tied the game for the Avs'. He fired a shot from distance that was deflected. Somehow the official scoring had Mikko Rantanen touching the puck before it went in. If you look on the replay the only one that the puck touches on the way to the net was...Jori Lehtera. So, give Jori an assist on the Avs' goal. Also, R.I.P water bottle. We hardly knew you.
As mentioned, Jake Allen got the start tonight. Towards the end of the period Allen denied Sven Andrighetto on a chance right in front of the net.
Unfortunately, the Avs' do end up getting a second goal just a few moments later. This time Rantanen actually does score. He goes high over Allen and is able to put it past him for the 2-1 Avs' lead. The Blues were outshot by the Avs' 16-10 in the second frame.
Third Period -
The Blues decided to come out and actually play in the third period. In what was probably the most improbable line combination to actually generate offense, Paajarvi, Lehtera, and Sobotka combine to tie the game at 2. Sobotka takes the no look feed from Lehtera and shoots in the back of the net. Sobotka scored in his first game back as a Blue, and somehow would have been on pace to score 82 goals this year. (Not really). Jori Lehtera gets his 100th point as a member of the Blues and Sobotka scores his first goal with the team since April of 2014.
A minute or so later, that other Vladdy, you know the better one, scored his 39th of the year. That wicked shot makes another appearance and beats Avs' starter Calvin Pickard top shelf. Ivan Barbashev won the faceoff, and Tarasenko did the rest. He literally skated from one side of the ice to the other and around an Avs' forward before putting it in the back of the net.
That was all she wrote for the regular season. The Blues win the finale 3-2. No one got hurt. (Schwartz looked like he had a leg injury or the wind knocked out of him or something in the second). It looks as if the Blues will start Wednesday in Minnesota, but we probably won't know until tomorrow. (The Pacific Division won't be decided till later this evening.)
From the Twitter Machine:
Boy, they didn't waste anytime getting that painted on the ice...
Your final Panger Award winner(s)...Shoutout to Violent Gents...
Vladdy, the comedian. Tip your waitresses.
Player of the Game:
A rebuilding team, that only lost 10 games under their new head coach. The Blues were 22-8-2 after Yeo took over. Let's do this playoff thing Blues.