Brayden Schenn - Ryan O’Reilly - Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz - Oskar Sundqvist - David Perron
Pat Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas
Zach Sanford - Ivan Barbashev - Alexander Steen
Vince Dunn - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Michael Del Zotto - Robert Bortuzzo
First Period -
The Lightning came into tonight on a seven game winning streak. They also already have the President’s trophy race sealed up with a nice bow on it. Needless to say this isn’t Detroit. With all that being said, the Blues scored first tonight. While on the power play the Blues second unit put the team on the board. Tyler Bozak fired the initial shot on Tampa starter Andrei Vasilevskiy. Vasilevskiy gave up a juicy rebound that Dunn fired back on net. The puck then bounced to straight to Robert Thomas who fired the puck on home.
Seconds later, Alexander Steen made it 2-0. Zach Sandford stole the puck and fired it on net. Steen was crashing the net when the puck came right at him. Steen fired the puck back at the net and it beat Vaselivskiy. This is fun.
Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko combine to make it 3-0 Blues. These goals all happened in about 75 seconds. Or a minute and 15 seconds. Whichever you prefer. On the goal Ryan O’Reilly made a beautiful pass to Tarasenko who just had to fire in the net. To which he did as Tarasenko does. Needless to say things couldn’t be going any better for the home team.
Shots after the first period were 13-12 in favor of the Blues.
Second Period -
Oh boy. The Blues started the second period with a lot of time on a power play chance. However, they lost a faceoff in their own end that led to a Alex Killorn short handed goal.Not a great start to the period. 3-1.
Ryan McDonagh steals the puck at center ice. Ryan McDonagh skates right back into the Blues defensive zone. Ryan McDonagh found Brayden Point for his 40th goal of the year. 3-2 Blues still on top but the Lightning are going full Lightning at this point.
The Blues were able to stop the bleeding a little here with a Brayden Schenn goal that I’m still trying to figure out how it went in. Tarasenko got the first shot on net. Schenn collected the puck and somehow back handed said puck between his legs. The puck found its way into the back of the net. Just, how?
After two the Blues had the 4-2 lead despite a second period in which they gave up 19(!) shots.
Third Period -
Steven Stamkos is pretty good at hockey is probably the understatement of the month here at Gametime. (not verified but probably.) J.T. Miller stole the puck from Jay Bouwmeester. Miller found Stamkos, and Stamkos does what he does best. Beat goaltenders. 4-3 Blues. Oh boy.
It looked as if Stamkos tied the game at four. However, Barbashev made a great play at the line to force the play offsides. The Blues challenged the play and won! (they were something along the lines of 0-7 before this) The score stayed 4-3 and despite the Tampa Bay push and the inability of the Blues to hit a net without a goalie in it...That’s how this one would end. Your St. Louis Blues are only one of three teams to beat the Lightning twice. They take on the Knights Monday night. Final shot totals 42-26 in favor of the Lightning. Tampa Bay’s power play was 0 for 3 on the night.
STL: Thomas (8) from Dunn (22) and Maroon (16), Steen (8) from Sanford (11), Tarasenko (29) from O’Reilly (44) and Schenn (33), Schenn (15) from Tarasenko (31) and Barbashev (11)
TBL: Killorn (17) from Cirelli (19), Point (40) from McDonagh (32) and Stamkos (39) from Miller (30)
From The Twit:
So the Lightning should bow down to their Central Division Overlords...?
From the “Is this good?” Department.
Lets get the counter going again ...— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) March 24, 2019
Schenn-O'Reilly-Tarasenko ... 62 points the past 16 games together.
Oh BTW, the #stlblues are 16-0-0 last 16 games when they're together.
Wait, they handed me this note too:
Binnington picked up his 20th win of the season (20-4-1). With his second win over the Lightning, Binnington is 12-0-1 against the Eastern Conference. His only OT loss to the New York Islanders. #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) March 24, 2019
Barbie is your Panger beer bobble thing winner.
Ivan Barbashev on netting a hat trick in front of his family Thursday: "That was a lot of fun. I'm gonna remember that moment for a long time. I'll tell you, my father was celebrating until 6:00 in the morning."@Panger40: "I should've sent him some Urban Chestnut." #stlblues pic.twitter.com/3TaSiMseFi— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) March 24, 2019
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