Brayden Schenn - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron
Pat Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas
Jaden Schwartz - Oskar Sundqvist - Alexander Steen
Mackenzie MacEachern - Ivan Barbashev - Zach Sanford
Vince Dunn - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Michael Del Zotto - Robert Bortuzzo
First Period -
Five minutes into the period the Blues found the back of the net. Penguins’ starter Matt Murray couldn’t stop an Oskar Sundqvist one time shot. Jaden Schwartz put the puck on a tee for Sundqvist. Simple as that right? 1-0 Blues early on in this one.
Fast forward to six and a half minutes left in the first when the Blues made it 2-0. Ryan O’Reilly collects the puck in the corner. O’Reilly found an open Vince Dunn who sent the puck home for his 10th of the year. More to that, the Blues have three defensemen with 10 or more goals for the first time in franchise history. (Pietrangelo and Parayko are the other two) David Perron also extends his personal best point streak to 14 games as he picked up the secondary assist on the play.
Shots after one were 13-11 in favor of the Penguins.
Second Period -
A minute and a half into the second period good ol’ hometown kid Patty Maroon got the third Blues goal of the game. Maroon benefitted from some great moves by Robert Thomas to get the puck to the front of the net. Maroon got his stick (or foot or something) on the puck and into the net the puck went.
Just a minute later after scoring a goal, Maroon figured he would help out on another one. Maroon skated around the Pittsburg defense behind the net. Maroon saw Bouwmeester in front and made just an absurd pass. Bouwmeester one timed the puck into the back of the net and made it 4-0 Blues.
Midway through the period the Penguins finally beat Binnington. Dominik Simon found a loose puck in front of the net. He fired the puck on net and beat Binnington to finally get the Penguins on the board.
Binnington wasn’t phased by the goal however and made a huge sprawling save on Patric Hornqvist to keep the Blues three goal lead.
Blues were again outshot 10-9 in the period, but lead on the scoreboard. 4-1 after two.
Third Period -
Casey DeSmith came in to relieve Matt Murray of his duties after the fourth Blues goal. (First of all duties) That didn’t stop the Blues from scoring their fifth goal of the game. This one came on the power play. Vince Dunn notched his second tally of the night on a wrist shot from the top of the face off circle.
That was all she wrote in this one. Final 5-1 Blues. Final shot totals were 41-26 in favor of the Penguins. They head up to Buffalo to face Carter Hutton and the Sabres tomorrow at 4.
STL: Sundqvist (13) from Schwartz (23) and Parayko (13), Dunn (10) from O’Reilly (42) and Perron (19), Maroon (6) from Thomas (19) and Bozak (19), Bouwmeester (3) from Maroon (15) and Sanford (8), and Dunn (11) from Parayko (14) and Thomas (20)
PIT: Simon (8) unassisted
From The Twit Machine:
The legend of Binnington continues...
Jordan Binnington became the first @StLouisBlues rookie netminder to record at least 40 saves in a win since Jason Bacashihua turned aside 40 shots on March 24, 2007 at DET. #NHLStats #STLvsPIT pic.twitter.com/NHMgaAy1ds— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) March 16, 2019
Coach post game comments:
Berube on Binnington's masterful performance: "There hasn't been too many games where I come in and go 'he could have done this or he could have done that.' He's been solid." #stlblues pic.twitter.com/KdIRBKIaXr— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) March 16, 2019
Some other random stuff...
On Dec. 29, Pittsburgh was 4-for-4 on the power play in a 6-1 win over the Blues. Today, the Penguins' PP had 11 shots, but the Blues PK and Binnington held the league's third-ranked unit off the board on four chances. The Blues had 16 blocks, including six by Parayko. #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) March 16, 2019
Player of the game:
Jay Bouwmeester. Not only did he have a goal, but was on the ice with the Crosby line the majority of the game and held them in check.
Honorable Mention on 3:16 day -