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Predators Vs. Blues Recap: Bounces, Bortuzzo, and Bad Hockey.

Blues drop one to the Preds 4-2 on home ice.

NHL: Nashville Predators at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Forwards -

Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Tyler Bozak

Ivan Barbashev - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron

Zach Sanford - Robert Thomas - Oskar Sundqvist

Mackenzie MacEachern - Jacob de la Rose - Klim Kostin

Defense

Colton Parayko - Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester - Justin Faulk

Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo

Goalie

Jordan Binnington

Game Highlights:

First Period -

Just twenty seconds into the game, the Predators made it 1-0 on a gratuitous rebound. Jordan Binnington made the initial save on Viktor Arvidsson. The puck took a very fortunate bounce to Filip Forsberg. Forsberg was able to shoot the puck back on net before Binnington could get back over. 1-0 bad guys on Forsberg’s 10th of the year from Arvidsson (9) and Roman Josi (15).

Three minutes and twenty seconds later the Preds scored their second goal of the night with a little help. Mattias Ekholm fired the puck in towards the center of the ice. The puck not only bounced off of Jay Bouwmeester, but Justin Faulk as well. Before Binnington knew it the puck was in the back of the net. Ekholm notched his fourth of the year from Granlund (6) and Fabbro (3)

The Blues finally got on the board when Klim Kostin scored his first NHL goal. Kostin skated the puck up ice. He made a little move into the offensive zone and then fired a nasty wrist shot. Juuse Saros was beaten and the Blues cut the lead down to just one. Kostin’s first of the year and his young career was assisted by Brayden Schenn (10).

With less than two minutes to go, the Preds scored their third goal of the night. Binnington was able to deny Mathieu Olivier’s initial bid for a goal. However, Colton Sissons was right there to tap the puck under Binnnington’s pad and across the line for a goal. Sissson’s scored his sixth of the year from Olivier (1) and Austin Watson (4).

Shots at the end of one were 22-9 in favor of the Preds.

Robert Bortuzzo was penalized for cross checking Arvidsson. The first hit was questionable, but there was really no excuse for him to hit him at least two more times. Arvidsson wouldn’t return.

Second Period -

No goals. Shots were 10-9 in favor of the Blues.

Third Period -

Late in the third period Austin Watson was called for tripping. The Blues were on the power play. Ryan O’Reilly won a faceoff and David Perron tapped the puck back to Alex Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo fired a slapshot on net and scored cutting the Preds lead to just one. And by Pietrangelo I mean Schwartz(6) from Pietrangelo (13) and Perron (12) (The highlight says Petro. The App says Schwartz. In any event, the Blues scored)

But with thirty seconds left, Calle Jarnkrok killed any chance of a dramatic comeback. An empty net goal seals the 4-2 win for Nashville. Jarnkrok (8) from Watson (5) and Ellis (15)

Clearly, the first period sunk the Blues in a hole that they couldn’t climb back out of. Next up for the Blues...these same Predators tomorrow night.

From The Internet thing Called Twitter

Any fans of the radio side of things may have noticed that Kerbs was out of the booth last night. He had a pretty good reason.

Well. Yikes.

Oh hey.

But really, at least we got this.

And finally, no shit.