Ivan Barbashev - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
Dmitrij Jaskin - Brayden Schenn - Alexander Steen
Vladimir Sobotka - Patrik Berglund - Tage Thompson
Magnus Paajarvi - Kyle Brodziak - Chris Thorburn
Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Carl Gunnarsson - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo
It feels like it’s been a week since the Blues last played doesn’t it? Tonight the team was in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs. We pick up the action in the second period, as the Blues/Leafs skated to a 0-0 tie after 20 minutes. Carter Hutton was again strong in goal tonight. Tyler Bozak had a chance from close range, but Hutton was having none of it.
But then, we give you reason 8459457 why the Blues should just try and decline all power plays from here on out. Alex Pietrangelo tried to play the puck and it bounced past him. Connor Brown rushed ahead with said puck in on Hutton. Hutton unable to stop Brown’s short handed bid and puts the Leafs up 1-0. (Insert Allen would have stopped it sarcasm/snark here)
The last time the Blues scored with their goaltender pulled was an April 2016 game against the Blackhawks. That was until tonight. The Blues scored with 57 seconds left in regulation tying the game at one. Alexander Steen was the beneficiary of Frederik Anderson rebound and backhanded the puck right back into the net.
In the overtime period, Hutton had to make another break away save. William Nylander takes the puck from Sobotka and turns on the jets. Hutton is able to make the save and keep the game 1-1.
Vince Dunn wasn’t even going to be playing tonight. Vince Dunn is from right down the road. Vince Dunn had a bunch of family and friends at the game. Vince Dunn was on the ice for the 3 on 3 OT. Vince Dunn went down the ice on a two on one chance Vince Dunn scored the game winning goal in the OT period. Vince Dunn...Vince Dunn...VINCE DUNN. (Side note, what in the Blue hell was Mitch Marner doing?)
Blues beat Leafs 2-1 in OT after it looked like the Blues were about to Blues it again. Shots for each team: STL 42, TOR 31. Goal scorers for each side: Connor Brown 11th, Alexander Steen scored his 7th and Vince Dunn scored his 4th for the game winner. The Blues head to Ottawa to take on the Senators Thursday.
From The Twitter Machine:
Vince Dunn was the happiest man in Toronto tonight:
Look at how happy Vince Dunn is. #stlblues pic.twitter.com/ztb2CeF5cV— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) January 17, 2018
Very much so.
The highs and lows of being a #stlblues fan. This game was a perfect example.— Blues Hockey Podcast (@BluesHockeyNHL) January 17, 2018
Some post game comments from coach and Steen WHO OMG IS WEARING A JAKE ALLEN HAT LETS OVER REACT ABOUT IT.
Yeo jokes that "coach's instinct" told him to add Dunn, who scored the @StLouisBlues' overtime game-winner, into the lineup. #AllTogetherNowSTL pic.twitter.com/686cvvlgqK— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) January 17, 2018
Steen on Dunn's game-winner: "This is a night he'll remember for sure." #AllTogetherNowSTL pic.twitter.com/ftpIDaERyi— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) January 17, 2018
Player of The Game:
More like players...as mentioned above tonight’s game was a spectrum of what it was like to be a Blues fan. So here’s to you Blues Twitter. You are tonight’s player of the game.