Jaden Schwartz returns to the lineup tonight. Meanwhile Joel Edmundson was ruled out with an upper body injury.
Robert Bortuzzo appeared to have given the Blues a 1-0 lead. Or not thanks to Tim Peel’s crotch. The rule says if it goes off an official and into the net, the goal doesn’t count. Boo. Could’ve been up for funniest goal of the year for sure if it had been allowed.
The Panthers scored the actual first game of the night after forcing a turnover in the Blues defensive zone. Evgenii Dadonov scored from point blank range after receiving a pass from Jonathan Huberdeau. Not great Bob.
Second Period -
Third Period -
The Blues hadn’t won a game after trailing after two periods. 0-12-2. So that’s promising. However, after a successful penalty kill the Blues tied the game at one. After Oskar Sundqvist stole the puck and got it out of the zone. The Blues had a 2 on 1 that was broken up. Rob Thomas regained the puck and found Ivan Barbashev in front of the net. Barbashev fired the puck past Florida starter Roberto Luongo.
Just ELEVEN seconds later, David Perron made it 2-0 off of a pass from recently returned Jaden Schwartz.
Perron scored his second goal of the night with a little bit of good luck. (For once am I right?) Perron attempted to make a pass to Brayden Schenn. Instead of getting to Schenn, the puck deflected off of a Panther and into the net.
The Panthers answered back with a one timer from MacKenzie Weegar beating Allen. And to the shock of no one at this point, the Blues look like they are about to give up a two goal lead late in a game.
And like clockwork, the Panthers do tie the game because the Blues defense can’t unfuck itself. Huberdeau set up Mike Hoffman for Huberdeau’s 200th assist. Nice.
But with four minutes to go in the game, the Blues scored the go ahead goal. That’s right the demon has been exorcised folks. Brayden Schenn scored the game winning goal off of a nice rebound grab.
Blues take this one 4-3.
To the Twit Machine!
Did anyone really notice that he wasn’t playing? (that wasn’t a dig. That game was just terrible overall whether he was playing or not)
When asked if this is what Perron can do a game after being a healthy scratch: "Let's not go there." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) December 12, 2018
Tonight was Craig Berube's first #stlblues win against a non-division opponent. Before he took over, the Blues hadn't defeated ANY division opponent (beyond Chicago) since Feb. 9.— 2GNC Podcast (@TwoGuysNoCup) December 12, 2018
Well at least there were some at Enterprise that weren’t panicking.
David Perron said the Blues didn’t panic in the third period when Florida tied the game at 3-3.— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) December 12, 2018
“It’s always important not to panic. Always. And we’ve done that too much this year.” #stlblues
Player of the Game:
Tim Peel for taking it off the dick like a champ.