Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron
Pat Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas
Jordan Nolan - Ivan Barbashev - Oskar Sundqvist
Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Jay Bouwmeester - Robert Bortuzzo
Vince Dunn - Chris Butler
First Period -
Shots were 10-6 in favor of the Sabres. That’s pretty much it. What Blues team was going to show up in the second?
Second Period -
A couple of minutes in the Blues scored the first goal of the game. Robert Thomas and others jam at the puck. Carter Hutton seemed to have it covered. Somehow the puck squirted out and over the goal line for a 1-0 Blues lead. Thomas was given credit for the goal. Imagine if he had been at the World Juniors right now huh?
Jay Bouwmeester hadn’t scored a goal (on the other team) since February. Until tonight. David Perron found Bouwmeester all alone. Bouwmeester whipped it by Hutton and it’s 2-0 Blues.
Pat Maroon, being the good St. Louis kid that he is, doesn’t even let towel boy finish before he put the puck in the net for goal number three. Robert Thomas, who still isn’t at the World Juniors, set up the goal with a terrific feed for his second point of the night. Is Maroon finally going to contribute offensively?
Late in the second, Joel Edmundson breathed on Jack Eichel. Edmundson to the box. The Sabres to the power play, and it doesn’t go well for the Blues. Eichel and Rasmus Ristolainen pass the puck to each other. Eichel is the one to take the shot and beat Jake Allen. 3-1 Blues still after two.
Third Period -
From the Ryan O’Reilly can do no wrong department...He adds an insurance tally thanks to an awesome individual effort. Zemgus Girgensons could do nothing to stop O’Reilly from burning his former team. 4-1 Blues and thus completed a great second and third periods from the home team.
Blues take the dysfunctional family reunion game 4-1. Slow start from the Blues, but as you saw, they picked it up in the second and third to put away the Sabres. The Blues play again Saturday night against the Penguins.
STL: Thomas (3) Assists - Dunn (13), Bozak (11)...Bouwmeester (1) Assists - Perron (10), Steen (7)...Maroon (3) Assists - Thomas (9), Bortuzzo (3)...O’Reilly (14) Assists - Steen (8), Perron (11)
From The Twit:
This seems good.
Jake Allen has allowed 3 goals or fewer in 15 of 18 games dating back to November 14th. His 2.38 GAA during that span is 5th best in the NHL. #STLblues— Tim Trokey (@tim_trokey) December 28, 2018
Craig, your thoughts:
Berube is preaching aggression in the #stlblues' play: "You've got to be aggressive in today's game. You've got to be able to get after it and that's what we're striving for." pic.twitter.com/ezvwipKXpL— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) December 28, 2018
ThE bLuEs LoSt ThE tRaDe:
Player of the Game:
Jay Bouwmeester. Yeah I know. Hey at least he put the puck in the other net?