Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Sammy Blais - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron
Robby Fabbri - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas
Ivan Barbashev - Oskar Sundqvist - Alexander Steen
Alex Pietrangelo - Justin Faulk
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo
Less than a minute into the game (and about five minutes after the best pregame ceremony in the history of the team) the Blues found the back of the net. David Perron found Sammy Blais with a cross ice pass. Blais beat a sprawling Brayden Holtby with a nice little tap in to give the Blues a 1-0 lead.
The Blues took a 2-0 lead on a wait for it...power play goal. New guy Justin Faulk sets up an Alex Pietrangelo one timer. It truly is a new year when the Blues are scoring one timer goals on the power play. Shoutout to Ryan O’Reilly for assisting on both Blues goals.
With less than five minutes to go in the period, Alex Ovechkin does well Alex Ovechkin things. Ovechkin made Bouwmeester look silly while flicking a wrist shot on net. Not sure what Fabbri was doing there either with the lazy back check. Binnington couldn’t stop the shot and that cut the Blues lead to just one.
Shots at the end of the first were 7-5 in favor of the Blues.
The Blues kept the Capitals power play off of the scoresheet in the first period. However, they couldn’t keep them off of it in the second. Albeit a bogus tripping call on Tyler Bozak, but hey maybe since he’s a Stanley Cup Champion the ref thought he could levitate out of the way or something. All of that aside Dmitry Orlov scored on a one timer of his own. The puck might have grazed Alexander Steen on the way to the net. In any event this game was tied.
The Blues were very lucky that it was tied at the end of two. The shitty second periods have come back for yet another season. Shots for the period were 15-8 in favor of the Capitals.
Neither team scored but both teams had chances. Namely Justin Faulk with a beautiful pass to spring O’Reilly, but O’Reilly couldn’t connect on the back hand.
Jakub Vrana wins it in overtime with a wrist shot. Poop. Shit. Whatever excrement exclamation you’d like to use, go ahead.
Blues at least get the participation point. Final shots were 34-22 in favor of the Capitals. Next up for the Blues is Dallas on Saturday.
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And now from the “this is game 1 of 82, so you should probably settle down their chief” department:
Inject this picture in my veins.
Blues lost, but you know what? It was still a great night - for the very first time they raised the Stanley Cup banner to the rafters. It was a GREAT night indeed. #STLBlues pic.twitter.com/GE21rAcGSk— Augie Nash (@AugieNash) October 3, 2019
Ice time for the defensemen tonight. You can add bruises from Ovechkin to Bortuzzo’s stat line.
#stlblues defensive ice time was pretty well balanced among the top 4:— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) October 3, 2019
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