Blues Lineup -
David Perron - Ryan O’Reilly - Tyler Bozak
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Jordan Kyrou
Ivan Barbashev - Robert Thomas - Troy Brouwer
Mackenzie MacEachern - Jacob de la Rose - Austin Poganski
Colton Parayko - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Justin Faulk
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo
Game Highlights -
On the games’ first shot, the Sabres made it 1-0. 18 seconds in the puck was centered on net and went past Jake Allen and in. Victor Olofsson was credited with the goal at first, however, it was ultimately Sam Reinhart that got official credit for his 12th of the year. Olofsson(15) and Montour(7) on the assists. In any event a goal in 18 seconds is not the start the Blues wanted. (Clearly Captain Obvious is all over this one.)
Not even four minutes later, the Blues tied it up thanks to some great hustle by Ivan Barbashev. The Blues dumped the puck in and Barbashev was the first one to it. He found an open Troy Brouwer in front of the net. Brouwer one timed the puck past Sabres starter not Carter Hutton (Linus Ullmark) giving Brouwer his first goal of the year. It also tied the game at one. Brouwer (1) from Barbashev (10) and Thomas (9)
Shots after one period were 11-9 in favor of the Sabres.
Second Period -
If Post Cereals ever wanted to sponsor a period for the Blues, this would’ve been the one to do it. Three, yes three posts were hit by the Blues in the period. Including Schenn hitting the post and immediately getting hurt and going to the locker room. Thankfully, Schenn however did return after getting some repairs. (He had apparently been bleeding from the ear...) Unfortunately for the Blues, the Sabres were the ones to take the lead in the second. With less than ten seconds remaining in the period, Johan Larsson took a loose puck, off a very charitable bounce off the boards, and fired it past Allen. That was Larsson’s fourth of the year assisted by Bogosian (3) and Vesey (6)
Shots were 10 all in the second period. Not sure on the condition of the post.
Third Period -
The Blues tied the game at two, thanks to some fancy moves from David Perron. Tyler Bozak got the puck up to David Perron. Perron skated deeper into the zone. Managed to avoid a sprawled out Sabres’ player, and find an open Pietrangelo. Petro fired the puck past a diving Ullmark and scored his 100th NHL goal. It was Petro’s seventh of the year assisted by the aforementioned Perron (18) and Bozak (9)
Leaving Jack Eichel wide open in front of the net is probably the last thing you wanna do in a hockey game. That league wide email must have been sent straight to the Blues junk mail folder, because that’s exactly what they did on the Sabres third goal. Either that or they just got bored waiting for Eichel to do something and forgot about him. In any event Eichel scored his 19th of the year and that was all that the Sabres needed in this one. Eichel (19) from Reinhart (13) and Olofsson (16)
I said that was all that the Sabres would need to...oh. Something called a Zemgus Girgensons (wasn’t this the jerk that everyone was hell bent on getting to an All Star game?) netted an empty netter off the post no less. Girgensons (5) from Larsson (9) and Jokiharju (6)
JACK I SAID THATS ALL THAT YOU GUYS WOULD NEED. YOU DIDN’T NEED TO SCORE YOUR TWENTIETH. WE GET IT. Assisted by some guy that needs to buy a vowel. (Girgensons 4th assist)
Blues fall to the Sabres 5-2. Final shots on goal 33-30 Sabres. The Blues went 0-2 on the power play tonight. They return Thursday to take on the Golden Knights.
These Tweets also banged off the goalposts...
In case you’ve lived under a rock these past 24 hours, Jordan Kyrou got some ice time tonight...
Berube on Kyrou (4 shot attempts, 15:13 ice time): "I thought he was fine. He moved his feet, had a couple of scoring chances. I thought he created speed for us. I thought he dug in there. I thought he was a good player tonight." #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) December 11, 2019
So did the Blues really win this trade or is the jury still out? (I’m kidding, please don’t take me seriously)
O'Reilly tonight was minus-3 for #StlBlues (albeit on the ice for both empty-net goals) and had no shots on goal. Perron also -3. Pietrangelo, Schenn, Schwartz, Parayko all minus-2. Some big names there....#Sabres— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) December 11, 2019
Postgame from noted goal scorer Troy Brouwer.
After their third straight loss, Troy Brouwer says the #stlblues need to stick to their identity: "We can't just go into the next game and try to play a different style of game. We've got to make sure that we're playing that tough, heavy style that we're known for." pic.twitter.com/Hn8AhOc9Tc— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) December 11, 2019
From the “Neat” department:
Player of the Game: