In Case You Missed It (Or you hate yourself):
Highlights from yesterday’s noon affair since someone *coughmecough didn’t get the recap up for you fine people.
Blues Lineup At Washington:
Ivan Barbashev - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
Vladimir Sobotka - Brayden Schenn - Alexander Steen
Magnus Paajarvi - Patrik Berglund - Tage Thompson
Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Chris Thorburn.
Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo
After whatever that game was in Philly the Blues head to the nations capital to take on the Capitals in another afternoon tilt. The Blues started the game off better than their effort in Philly (Although making any attempt to play hockey was probably better). However, it was the Capitals that found the score sheet first. The Blues took back to back penalties in the first period and the Caps’ were able to cash in on the second of the two. Alex Ovechkin from the most obvious spot that he’s going to be in on the powerplay fires one toward the net. The shot was going wide until Brett Connolly tips the puck past Hutton and into the net.
The Blues found the back of the net for the first time in the early moments of the second period. Vladimir Tarasenko got a wide open chance on Caps’ starter Braden Holtby. Tarasenko and his shot (looking better of late) find the twine to tie the game at one.
The Blues were the beneficiaries of a powerplay just a few moments after their game tying goal. While the Blues are still figuring out how to decline penalties, they do still have to continue to go on man advantages. Miracles do really happen as the Blues scored a powerplay goal thanks to Brayden Schenn. Great puck movement from Pietrangelo to Tarasenko, and then back to Pietrangelo who slid it over to Schenn. Schenn one timed the puck into the back of the net. Not to mention a great screen in front by one Alexander Steen. Just like that it was 2-1 Blues.
With 12:30 to go in the third the Capitals were on the powerplay for all of three seconds. Long enough for the Caps’ to win the faceoff and get the puck to Ovechkin. Ovechkin one timed the puck past Hutton. That’s Ovechkin’s 82394324 point against the NHL from that spot. (Number not verified, but probably right)
As good as the second was for the Blues, it was a dumpster fire comparatively in the third. Not only did Washington tie it in the third, they went up 3-2 on a Lars Eller rebound chance. Former Blue and teenage fangirl magnet T.J. Oshie got the initial shot on Hutton. The rebound came over to Eller and he fired it back on net just in time to beat Hutton.
The Blues weren’t finished yet. Carl Gunnarsson (Not a typo) scored the game tying goal late in the third to salvage a point for the Blues. Although, you can give credit to Ovechkin on this goal too as it bounced off his elbow and in.
In the OT, the Blues had most of the puck possession. But as the song goes “In the end it doesn’t even matter” because the Capitals win this one on a Nicklas Backstrom breakaway. The play starts when Colton Parayko’s stick magically falls from his hands on its own. T.J. Oshie collected the puck, and got it up ahead to Backstrom and well...game over.
The Blues return home to take on the Panthers Tuesday before the mandated week off.
Shots shots shots (we all need them!)
STL: 34 Washington: 33
From The Twitter Machine:
Stop making sense Lou...91 changing at that point was fine.
Parayko's stick was slashed out of his hands. Should have been called. #stlblues had possession. https://t.co/O65kgm8OiD— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) January 7, 2018
I don’t normally shill out other Blues accounts but this is a great follow if you don’t already.
Beloved— Civil War Schwartz (@GenSchwartz) January 7, 2018
Despite knowing Gen Ovechkin's cannons would inevitably end up on our left flank, we were still unable to prevent heavy losses from his offensive, while we didnt win this skirmish, we were able to regroup & retreat. We expect to arrive in St Louis tomorrow.#stlblues pic.twitter.com/pQGjuEYNRN
Player of the Game:
Um, Jake Allen. Since he didn’t play no one could blame him.