Pat Maroon - Ryan O’Reilly - Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Alex Steen
Sammy Blais - Oskar Sundqvist - Jordan Kyrou
Jordan Nolan - Ivan Barbashev - Mackenzie MacEachern
Carl Gunnarsson - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo
First Period -
Mackenzie MacEachern put the Blues up 1-0 with his first NHL goal. Vince Dunn got the initial shot on Kings starter Jonathan Quick. Quick surrendered the rebound to a falling MacEachern. MacEachern scored and gets a puck to take home to his family and friends.
With about a minute left to go in the first, Oskar Sundqvist made it 2-0. Ivan Barbashev somehow got the puck to a streaking Sunqvist. Sunqvist poked the puck past Quick and things were looking good going into intermission...
...That is until Tyler Toffoli scored just seconds later to make it 2-1. Barbashev turned the puck over. Brenden Leipsic found Toffoli for the most wide open goal he’ll probably score this year.
Second Period -
The wheels started falling off in the second. The Blues got into some penalty trouble and it caught up to them. (The Blues have to be the only team in the NHL to have a 2 on 1 break that resulted in a 4 minute minor) Drew Doughty scored on the Kings 5 on 3 to tie the game at 2.
Thankfully that’s all the Kings did on the man advantage. However, at the end of the second the Kings pulled ahead. Anze Kopitar scored on a Dustin Brown feed. Everything is awful. Eat Arby’s. Nice turnover by the way, 27.
Third Period -
The Blues found themselves on the powerplay for just the second time in the game midway through the third. Ryan O’Reilly being the hero that we didn’t know we all needed scored tying the game at three. His shot found the top of the net beating Quick easily.
Midway through the third, a city in Missouri put the Kings ahead for good. Wait, that’s an actual player name? Huh. Paul LaDue fired a wrist shot that hit Alexander Steen in his ass or knee or something. The puck sailed past Binnington and that was all she wrote.
An embarrassing loss to a team that they should have beaten. The Blues just didn’t look great today. Kings win 4-3. Next up is Anaheim on Wednesday night.
Final Shot Totals (Which by the way, why in the year 2019 does NBCSN not have a shot counter up?) STL: 36 LA: 29
STL - MacEachern (1) from Dunn (16) and Barbashev (7), Sundqvist (9) from Barbashev (8) and Pietrangelo (13), O’Reilly (18) from Tarasenko (15) and Pietrangelo (14)
LA - Toffoli (8) from Leipsic (8), Doughty (5) from Kopitar (20) and Carter (15), Kopitar (14) from Brown (17) and Muzzin (17) LaDue (2) from Leipsic (9) and Toffoli (12)
From The Twit:
50 different players have scored as many Goals (3) in a single game this season as Jaden Schwartz has on the season.— STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) January 22, 2019
Patrik Laine has as many Hat Tricks this season as Schwartz has Goals.#stlblues https://t.co/C6mvdDAbMN
I could’ve just saved everyone the trouble and gone with this.
Games in hand don’t mean shit when you don’t actually win said games.
Against the bottom five teams in the league in terms of points, #stlblues are 2-4-2. Six of a possible 16 points. Simply not good enough.— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) January 21, 2019
Player of the Game:
Anyone that didn’t get sucked into to the shitshow that is St. Louis Blues hockey.