Zach Sanford - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Pat Maroon - Oskar Sundqvist - Jordan Kyrou
Jordan Nolan - Ivan Barbashev - Sammy Blais
Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo
The Blues were looking to win their third game in a row. The Capitals and some guy named Alexander Ovechkin stood in their way.
Speaking of that Ovechkin guy, he scored 8 minutes into the game. While on the powerplay Ovechkin camped out in his normal spot. His high caliber shot, that has beaten plenty of goalies not named Jake Allen, found the corner of the net. It’s 1-0 Capitals on Ovechkin’s 33rd goal of the year.
Despite the Blues outshooting the Caps 14-7 in the period, they trailed 1-0 going into the second...
Until the floodgates opened upon Washington netminder Phoenix Copley. Ivan Barbashev scored his 6th goal of the year...somehow. Barbashev collected the puck behind the net. He then jammed it past Copley to tie the game at one.
Vince Dunn scored less than two minutes later to make it 2-1 Blues. Tarasenko passed it over to Dunn. Dunn skated in and shot it toward the net. The puck bounced off many players, sticks, the guys beer in the second row, and found the back of the net.
The Blues were not Dunn (boo I know) just yet. David Perron extended his point streak to 11 games with his 16th goal of the year. Vince Dunn made a beautiful pass to Perron. Perron then made a great little move to get the puck past Copley for the now 3-1 Blues lead. Three goals in 4 minutes and 11 seconds. (give or take a few seconds)
Shots were 28-20 Blues after 2. The Blues going into the third period with a two goal lead? What could possibly go wrong?
The Blues were gifted a powerplay midway through the period. Alex Ovechkin gets called for the dumbest penalty in hockey...the delay of game. Vladimir Tarasenko apparently didn’t want Ovi to think he was the only Russian that could score on the powerplay. Tarasenko sniped his 15th of the year (he might be back) and is looking like the Tarasenko of last year. Finally. Shoutout to Ryan O’Reilly for the great play to even get the puck to Tarasenko in the first place.
The Blues go on to cruise to a 4-1 win and sweep your reigning, defending, Stanley Cup Champions. Final shot totals were 37-29 in favor of the Blues. The team has finally won three in a row for the first time this year. They now just sit three points out of a playoff spot despite that shit show the first half of the year. Remember kids, it’s the hope that kills you. Up next, the Islanders tomorrow night.
Washington: Ovechkin (33) from Orlov (11) and Boyd (9)
St. Louis: Barbashev (6) Unassisted...Dunn (4) from Tarasenko (14) and Schwartz (16)...Perron (16) from Dunn (15) and O’Reilly (27)...Tarasenko (15) from O’Reilly (28) and Pietrangelo (12)
From the Twit:
Post game comments from Berube -
I don’t know who was running the FSMW account tonight, but great Step Brothers reference.
Can we just pretend every game is an away game? Asking for a friend. Or a hockey team. Maybe both.
Excellent game by Jake Allen tonight, who continues to play rock-solid on the road this season. Turned away 28 of 29 shots, including the final 27 he faced. #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) January 15, 2019
From the “Is this good?” Department:
The St Louis Blues & Colton Parayko have played 7 games in the 2019 Calendar Year.— STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) January 15, 2019
Parayko leads the team in TOI (167:59) and has not been on the ice for a Goal Against at any strength in those 7 games. #stlblues
Player of the Game:
Jake Allen because fuck it.