Vladimir Sobotka - Paul Stastny - Tage Thompson
Scottie Upshall - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Patrik Berglund - Kyle Brodziak - Alexander Steen
Dmitrij Jaskin - Ivan Barbashev - Magnus Paajarvi
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo
Blues were eyeing back to back wins after winning the last game of 2017. What would 2018 bring them? Well, the New Jersey Devils, and it’s not the same Devils you might remember. The Devils are one of the top teams in the Metro and looking to spoil the first game of the new year. Vladimir Tarasenko had something to say about that though, as he was the one to open the scoring tonight. Scottie Upshall was able to steal the puck. He shot the puck in on Devils’ starter Keith Kinkaid. Kinkaid was down, and before he could recover, Tarasenko collected the puck and roofed it in the open net to give the Blues the lead.
Moving forward to the second, example 8348347 of why the Blues just need to start declining power plays. The Blues almost gave up a short handed goal, but Hutton was there to make the save.
However the Devils did end up tying the game with a redirect in front of the net. Sami Vatanen takes a shot from out near the blue line. That shot was going wide until Nico Hischier redirected it beating Hutton, to tie the game at 1.
Late in the second period the Blues take the one goal lead. Tage Thompson fires a shot on net. At first it looked like he was the one that beat Kinkaid. However, the puck glanced off of Vladimir Sobotka’s stick and past Kinkaid. This goal was all Thompson though. Kyle Palmeri should probably take a trip to the pit of misery after being faked out as bad as he was.
The start of the third brought a powerplay for the Devils. It also brought the game tying goal for the team in red. On the Devils’ powerplay Taylor Hall, scored a goal by banking the puck off of Hutton and into the back of the net. This was after the Devils hit the post just seconds before.
The Devils took the lead moments later...or so they thought....
From the league on offside challenge ... #stlblues #njdevils pic.twitter.com/cfeDAMXcaq— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) January 3, 2018
The Blues and Devils go to OT where Carter Hutton took over. (Someone had to the Devils had puck possession most of the extra frame.) None better than this save on Marcus Johansson. (Hildy posted it earlier, but I can’t stop watching it.)
In the shootout, first Schenn scores on Kinkaid.
Then Tarasenko takes his turn...
And Hutton seals his victory.
The Blues win this one 3-2 in a shootout. The Blues are back at it Thursday night against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Shots Shots Shots Shots Everybody?!?!?
STL: 29 NJ: 26
Vladimir Tarasenko (17) from Scottie Upshall (9)
Nico Hischier (8) from Sami Vatanen (7) and Jesper Bratt (15) (also really...Jesper?)
Vladimir Sobotka (8) from Tage Thompson (1) and Paul Stastny (19)
Taylor Hall (13) from Kyle Palmieri (8) and Will Butcher (22)
From The Twitter Machine:
Yeah, let’s just fucking do that. Right.
Hear me out: Jimmy Howard to the Blues.— Adam Herman (@AdamZHerman) January 2, 2018
So this is how close it was when Hutton made that miraculous save:
Game saved. #STLBlues pic.twitter.com/J8e1reDg6O— Jim Hayes (@TheCatOnFox) January 3, 2018
Player of the Game and I’m not even waiting till the end of this:
Yeo gave a lot of credit to Video Coach Sean Ferrell on that offside review. "He stuck his neck out there and did a great job helping us get the win." #stlblues— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) January 3, 2018
From our “Is this good?” Department:
Last night Vladimir Tarasenko became the 1st & only player to have 100 Even Strength Goals since the start of the 2014-15 season.— STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) December 30, 2017
2nd place has 92 ES Goals.#stlblues pic.twitter.com/qHyokggXnj