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Blues pick up charity point in San Jose thanks to a great outing from Jake Allen.

NHL: St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Blues Lineup:

Forwards-

Brayden Schenn - Ryan O’Reilly - Jaden Schwartz

Pat Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas

Zach Sanford - Oskar Sundqvist - Alexander Steen

Mackenzie MacEachern - Ivan Barbashev - Sammy Blais

Defense-

Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo

Goalie

Jake Allen

Vladimir Tarasenko was held out of the lineup today with an “upper body” injury. He is listed as day-to-day. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious.

Game Highlights:

First period -

It seemed as if Pat Maroon was stuck on four goals for ever. (His last goal was Jan 12 in Dallas. That’s 25 games for those scoring at home) That was until today. While on the power play, the Blues scored to make it 1-0. Colton Parayko fired a puck off of the boards. The puck found it’s way to Maroon. Maroon fired the puck past Sharks starter Martin Jones and into the net.

The Sharks wound up finding the back of the net on a power play of their own. Joe Thornton finds an open Timo Meier for the Sharks first goal of the night. Shoutout to Jay Bouwmeester for doing his best traffic cone impression in front of the net. Game now tied 1-1.

Timo Meier wasn’t done in front of the Blues net. In the final seconds of the first, he scored his second of the game. Logan Couture finds Meier with a great pass. Meier did the rest and just like that it’s 2-1 Sharks.

At the end of one shots were 10-8 in favor of the Sharks.

Second Period -

That Timo Meier kid would not go away. Jake Allen had about enough of it though. Allen made a great glove save denying Meier his hat trick.

Blues had themselves a power play to finish up the second. It looked as if the team would have a decent amount of time on the power play to start the third. Brayden Schenn had other ideas. A pass that had been intended for O’Reilly was picked off in front of the net. Schenn knocked the puck off of the Sharks defender’s stick and into the open goal. Maybe the guy disconnected his controller? 2-2 after two. Shots were 6-6 for the period.

Third Period -

The third period belonged to Jake Allen. Kevin Labanc felt the hiss of Allen (ok, that was awful don’t let me say that ever again) after Allen made a beautiful sprawling save with his stick.

In the late moments of the third, the Sharks came in on an odd man rush. Marcus Sorensen found himself alone in front of Allen. Allen denied Sorensen the game winner after a great save.

The Sharks brought it in the third, but Jake Allen was at least up to the task stopping all 15 shots that he saw. The Blues managed all of four in the final period. Yikes.

To Overtime we go:

Labanc might not have scored in the third period, but he did find the net in overtime. I guess you could say the Sharks really Labanc’d that win.

The Blues come out of California with 5 out of 6 points. (Seriously when was the last time they did that?) They return back home Tuesday to take on the Jets, er Phoenix Coyotes, er Arizona Coyotes.

Goals:

STL: Pat Maroon (5) from Parayko (12) and Dunn (19), Schenn (13) was unassisted.

SJS: Meier (25, 26) from Thorton (26) and Heed (7)/Couture (37) and Hertl (30), Labanc (12) from Couture (38) and Hertl (31)

From the Twit:

Jake Allen was one of the main reason’s the Blues got a point yet here we are:

It sure was. I think 3 of 6 would have been ok. Five of six and an OT away from 6-6? Outstanding.

Panger the singer. Who knew?

I honestly don’t care who is in net. Both goalies as of late have shown that they give the team a chance to win. It just depends on what team wants to show up in front of them.

Player of the Game:

Jake Allen. One of his best of the year.