Patrick Maroon - Ryan O’Reilly - Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - David Perron
Alexander Steen - Tyler Bozak - Jordan Kyrou
Ivan Barbashev - Robert Thomas - Sammy Blais
Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Jakub Jerabek - Robert Bortuzzo
The Blues FINALLY were back on the ice last night at The Enterprise to take on the Calgary Flames. In net for the Flames was Mike Smith. At least to start. Newest Flame James Neal opened the scoring for both sides when Sam Bennett found him directly in front of the net.
Moments later, the Blues tied the game at one thanks to Jordan Kyrou and Alexander Steen. Kyrou brought the puck into the zone and found Steen for a one time chance. Smith couldn’t handle the shot and just like that the game was tied at one. Steen’s first goal of the year and give Kyrou and Bouwmeester their first assists.
The Blues weren’t done yet, as David Perron buried a pass from Brayden Schenn to make it 2-1 good guys. Schenn took the puck from a battling Jaden Schwartz. Schenn and Perron skate in on Smith. Schenn chose not to shoot, but instead pass it to a wide open Perron. Perron buried it in a wide open net, and left Smith flopping around like a goldfish. (Or fish out of water of your choice) Perron nets number one of the campaign and Schenn gets his first assist of the year.
So the Blues went into the locker room with a one goal lead. Not if the returning Joel Edmundson has anything to say about it. He scores his first of the year in the first period too. Robert Thomas goes all Smooth on the Flames and gets in deep. Somehow he finds Edmundson for the easy wrister making it 3-1 Blues before the end of the first. Thomas gets his first NHL point with the assist. Edmundson scored goal number one of the young season and Barbashev got point number two with an assist as well.
With the Blues on the powerplay, the Blues found the back of the net again. Mike Smith was caught out of his net and Perron was the recipient of one of the easiest goals he will have all year. Scheen and Steen credited with the assists, but I’ll throw out a spirit assist to Smith. Thanks for the 4-1 lead buddy!
Very late in the second period, the Blues found the back of the net on the powerplay again. Get ready to throw your hat at your monitor or phone, or whatever because David Perron scored his third of the game. Schenn and Schwartz are credited with the assists. Steen was also camped out in front of Smith for a good 5 seconds before Perron let his shot go. If you look closely you can see a tent and everything.
In the third, the Flames made it interesting. Derek Ryan made it 5-2 Blues on a one timer chance.
The Blues defense can not catch a break early on in the new season. That luck continued last night. The puck was deflected off of Pietrangelo’s skate and past Allen before the net came off. Ruled a good goal and it was now 5-3 Flames. Mikael Backlund got credit for the goal.
Fortunately, that’s all the scoring that the Flames did in the third. Their comeback fell short and the Blues picked up their first win of the year 5-3. Shots on goal were 34 - 32 in favor of the Flames. The Flames went 0-4 on their powerplay to include a lengthy 5 on 3 effort. One penalty shot as well that they could not cash in on. On the flip side the Blues went 2 for 6 on their extra man effort. Was not impressed by Jerabek at all. If Alexander Steen wants to play like this the rest of the year, the Blues will definitely take it. The Blues head up to Chicago Saturday to take on the Blackhawks again.
From the Twitter Machine:
Bobby Plager is a GD Saint.
How about Johnny let’s drop the hockey name already?
Hope they fill it until it falls off the wall to be honest.
And finally welcome back Goal, I mean Joel.
It's pretty obvious what Joel Edmundson means to not only this blue line but this hockey team. Played 19:10 in his return, scored a goal, pinches offensively at the right times, back-checks tremendously well for a big man. Just keeps getting better and better. #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) October 12, 2018
Player of the Game:
The new goal song. Keep on hashtag PTMFUS boys!