Blues Lines as chosen by Google Random Line Generator:
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen - Kyle Brodziak - Patrik Berglund
Dmitrij Jaskin - Vladimir Sobotka - Tage Thompson
Nikita Soshnikov - Ivan Barbashev - Chris Thorburn
Carl Gunnarsson - Alex Pietrangelo
Vince Dunn - Colton Parayko
Jordan Schmaltz - Robert Bortuzzo
Jake Allen in goal, and only Jake Allen in goal.
FINALLY SOME BLUES HIGHLIGHTS:
After the snoozefest that was the Sharks game (16 SOG for the Blues the entire game) the Blues roll into L.A. to take on the Kings. The Kings being one of the best defensive teams in the NHL. Jonathan Quick in net. The Blues couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat. What could possibly go wrong...Absolutely nothing...for the Blues that is. The Blues opened up the scoring in the first period. That’s right, your Blues scored first tonight. Robert Bortuzzo scored with less than three minutes gone in the game. Bortuzzo found some open ice and beat Quick right through the 5 hole.
The Blues added to their 1-0 lead just moments later. Colton Parayko got his 100th career NHL point by giving the Blues their 2-0 lead. Quick made some aggressive moves that definitely didn’t pay off. Quick ended up face down on the ice, and the puck ended up in the back of the net courtesy of Parayko.
Something of note as the first came to a close. The Blues matched their SOG total from the game at San Jose by the end of 20 minutes. They also doubled their goal count at two.
The Kings weren’t completely out of this one quite yet though. The Kings cut the lead to 2-1 after Drew Doughty was allowed to walk right in, and redirect the puck past Allen. Not that there was much that Allen could do on that particular play.
Here we go again right Blues fans? Wrong. The Blues answered right back with around three minutes left to go in the period. Kyle Brodziak somehow got the puck towards Quick as Brodziak was falling to the ice. Quick tried to paddle the puck away. Quick ended up paddling the puck straight to Pietrangelo who then riffled it back into the net. It’s now 3-1 Blues.
With less than 30 seconds to go in the second, the Blues scored again. Ivan Barbashev split the two Kings defenders and beat Quick 5 hole (second time tonight for Quick that he was beat between his legs) to give the Blues the 4-1 lead.
The third started out the same way that the second ended...With MORE Blues goals. Something named a Jack Campbell came in to relieve Quick. Vladimir Tarasenko welcomed Mr. Campbell to the game by scoring on him. Jaden Schwartz made a great pass to Tarasenko’s wheel house. Tarasenko had a wide open net and didn’t miss. Now 5-1 and wondering if people should start gathering their things and saying goodbye to loved ones.
Not even a minute later, the Blues scored their sixth goal of the night. Kyle Brodziak outwaited Campbell and found some room to slide the puck right on into the net.
More goals you say? Jaden Schwartz is happy to oblige. Schwartz skates right in and just fired one past Campbell for goal number seven on the night!
The Kings wanted to try and play captain buzzkill by scoring another goal.
But, the Blues shelled the Kings 7-2. The Blues managed 43 shots on goal. The defensemen were more active as three of them scored in a game for the first time since 2016. The Blues are now fourth in the league in defensive goal scoring. Hopefully they saved some goals for the Ducks on Monday night.
If I did my checking correctly, Schenn and Soshnikov were the only forwards that didn’t get on the score sheet today. The bums. (I’m kidding)
From The Twitter Machine.
Is that...is that good?
10 minutes and 12 seconds to be exact.
Barbashev with a goal and assist in only 10min of ice time. #stlblues— Todd Theissen ن (@todsqd) March 11, 2018
Let’s be real, Jake Allen also played another outstanding game today.
All the talk of the offense today, and rightfully so, but Jake Allen did make 38 saves on 40 shots. In two games out west, he's stopped 72 of 75. #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) March 11, 2018
Player of the Game:
The team as a whole...so we didn’t have to hear one of the most annoying goal horns in the NHL