Alexander Steen - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Sammy Blais
Ivan Barbashev - Kyle Brodziak - Patrik Berglund
Scottie Upshall - Oskar Sundqvist - Dmitrij Jaskin
Carl Gunnarsson - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Chris Butler
Carter Hutton in net.
After suffering losses in both Pittsburgh and Dallas, the Blues returned home Tuesday night to take on the San Jose Sharks. Neither team could put one in net in the first period. The second period saw plenty of action as five goals were scored. Logan Couture scored the first of the five goals. Mikkel Boedker fired the initial shot on Carter Hutton. Hutton made the initial save, but couldn’t make the save on Couture despite flopping on the ice like a fish.
The Blues answered right back less than 2 minutes later. Kyle Brodziak fed a cross ice pass to Ivan Barbashev. Barbashev was able to do the rest, firing a spectacular wrister past Sharks’ starter Martin Jones.
Moments later, the Sharks took the lead again. Logan Couture was involved again, only this time he was dishing the puck instead of putting it in the back of the net. Joonas Donskoi was the lucky recipient of the Couture pass, to which Donskoi fired into the back of the net.
Mikkel Boedker added a goal to his earlier assist in the period thanks to a pass from Chris Tierney. Not sure what Chris Butler was doing on the play, but being behind the net doesn’t seem like the best position to be in when trying to disrupt this play.
With the Blues down two, they were given a very late powerplay. Now I say given because well, it shouldn’t have been called. It looked as though Jaden Schwartz had just lost an edge with Brent Burns in his vicinity. To the ref it looked as if Burns tripped Schwartz. Blues on the powerplay late in the period. The Sharks penalty kill is the best in the NHL. The Blues powerplay, is well, is well effing awful. (26th) So of course the Blues actually took advantage of something that was handed to them in the form of a Vladimir Tarasenko goal. Vince Dunn was able to get an initial shot on Jones who then gave up a rebound. Tarasenko was there to collect the rebound and pull the Blues to within one.
In the third period, the Blues were literally inches away from tying the game. Brodziak drove to the net and a scramble in front ensued. It looked as if Berglund elevated the puck towards the net. The puck bounced off of the post onto the goal line and before someone could poke it across it was cleared out of the crease. If the Blues didn’t have bad luck, they’d have no luck at all.
Final Score: Sharks 3, Blues 2. Shots in the game were 33 for STL and 23 for the Sharks. The Blues next game is Friday night.
From The Twitter Machine:
So Petro says that the Blues are playing good hockey...
Pietrangelo says the @StLouisBlues are playing "good hockey," but the team needs to "get results." #stlblues pic.twitter.com/8e3MyZd2u0— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) February 21, 2018
Yeo comments that the Blues playing one period doesn’t mean it was a good game...ALRIGHT THEN.
Yeo: "Desperation time was a while ago. ... We've got to stop the bleeding." #stlblues pic.twitter.com/Im0NlrQbeI— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) February 21, 2018
Carter Hutton didn’t join the Blues rush on the powerplay either. Trade them both to the Sens.
Fucking Jake Allen didn't even make 1 save tonight...— Kyle Foxton (@kfox9611) February 21, 2018
What a joke...
Am I right Twitter ?!?!
Just type in #stlblues. You’re welcome.
Player of the Game:
Anyone that watched that game sober.