Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Robert Thomas
Zach Sanford - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron
Sammy Blais - Tyler Bozak - Alexander Steen
Mackenzie MacEachern - Ivan Barbashev - Oskar Sundqvist
Carl Gunnarsson - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Justin Faulk
First Period -
Giving the Oilers a power play less than three minutes into the game was less than ideal. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened. On that power play Connor McDavid put the Oilers out front. Leon Draisaitl was able to move around long enough for McDavid to get to the net. McDavid fired a shot on that beat Allen. 1-0 Oilers.
Moments later, Jaden Schwartz tied the game at one on a power play goal of his own. Alex Pietrangelo fired a puck on from the point. Jaden Schwartz was in the right spot in front of the net. He deflected the Pietrangelo shot past Oilers netminder Mike Smith. Schwartz netted his third goal of the year.
That was all the scoring to be had in the first frame. Shots at the end of one were 7-7.
Second Period -
On the Blues second power play of the night, they scored their second goal of the night. Brayden Schenn got the puck into the zone. Ryan O’Reilly then found Pietrangelo in the middle of the ice. Pietrangelo tee’d up the O’Reilly pass and he one timed the puck past Smith giving the Blues a 2-1 lead. There was no doubt that Pietrangelo was going to get credit for this one. His sixth of the year.
The Blues pushed the lead to two (oh no) on a Robert Thomas wrist shot. Justin Faulk drove the puck into the zone. Faulk then took two Oilers with him and passed the puck over to Schwartz. Schwartz found Thomas. Thomas then took his shot and scored. Thomas now has three goals on the season. If he keeps shooting like we saw on this goal, that number will grow a lot.
Late in the second the Blues would lose both Schwartz and Steen to the locker room. Schwartz came back out for the third. Unfortunately for Steen, he wasn’t so lucky.
Third Period -
After the first goal, Jake Allen was able to settle in and make some key saves. Most of which came in the third period. Allen was felt some glove (see what I did there?) after robbing Alex Chiasson keeping the game 3-1.
The Oilers pulled to within one with 8:59 left in the game. Zack Kassian received a cross ice pass from Leon Draisaitl. Kassian, who didn’t have anyone around him, fired the puck right past Allen. Not much Allen could have done. It was a brilliant shot.
The Oilers pulled Mike Smith late still down by one. Tyler Bozak iced this one with a diving shot from his own end. The puck looked like it was going to miss, but it took a weird bounce right into the net. Bozak gets his second of the year in as many nights and the Blues go up 4-2.
The Oilers once again benched Smith, and it once again backfired as Ivan Barbashev scored his first goal of the year. Carl Gunnarsson and Alex Pietrangelo combined to get the puck out of the defensive zone. Pietrangelo passed the puck up to Barbashev. Barbashev wouldn’t miss the open net and sealed the 5-2 Blues win.
Next up for the Blues is Cal and Gary on Saturday night.
Final shot totals were 34-25 in favor of the Oilers.
The Blues won the game and not even five minutes later....
Post game locker room comments. It’s nice they were able to translate the snake noises for us. What do you mean he’s not actually a snake?
Oh hey, that’s now 6 in a row for those scoring at home...not that you would do that for hockey. Hey I don’t judge either way.
Apparently those two empty net goals were fast or something...
Player of the Game:
NOT GOING TO FUCKING OVERTIME IS A WIN FOR EVERYONE.