David Perron - Ryan O’Reilly - Vladimir Tarasenko
Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Oskar Sundqvist
Pat Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas
Robby Fabbri - Ivan Barbashev - Alexander Steen
Carl Gunnarsson - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Joel Edmundson
First period -
Six minutes into the game, the Blues struck first. Robby Fabbri fired a shot that somehow found it’s way through Ben Bishop and in the back of the net. I’m not saying Bishop probably should have had that one, but oh wait, yes I am. First shot of the game for the Blues and it’s a goal. Efficient.
So after one the Blues led 1-0. Shots on goal in the period were 8-7 in favor of Dallas.
Second Period -
Midway through the second period, the Stars tied the game at one. John Klingberg turned David Perron into a traffic cone more than a defender of anything and fired off a pass. That pass found it’s way across the ice to a waiting Jason Spezza for a one time chance. It looked like Binnington got some of the puck but not enough to keep it out of the net.
With about two minutes left in the period the Blues regained the lead. Vladmir Tarasenko somehow found himself wide open. He skated the puck in closer, fired the puck on net and beat Bishop. I could be wrong, but I don’t think that’s the guy that you want to leave that wide open in that spot. The Blues took it and took a one goal lead heading into the locker room.
The shots on goal for the period sponsored by it’s round 2 of the 2019 playoffs and the national broadcast still doesn't have a shot counter were 7-4 in favor of the Blues.
Four minutes into the third the Blues netted their third goal of the game. By the Blues, I meant Vladimir Tarasenko because he did all the work himself. The Stars defender did nothing to stop the Russian tank that was barreling towards the net. Tarasenko skated in, shot the puck over Bishop, but under the bar and in. 3-1 Blues
Ope, almost forgot the man that kept it 2-1 right before that Tarasenko goal. Jordan Binnington denied Spezza his second goal of the game. Binnington made a leg pad stop that made me question my flexibility.
A problem that plagued the Blues in round one found it’s way to round two on this next play. Roope Hintz found himself wide open right in front of the net. Luckily for the Blues, Binnington was able to turn Hintz’s bid for a goal aside.
Despite the fact that the ref has premature tendencies, the Stars were able to make it a one goal game late in the period. The Stars scored a power play goal with about two minutes to go in the game. Binnington gave up a rebound that somehow the ref didn’t see that the puck was still loose. Jamie Benn found the loose puck and jammed it home. 3-2 Blues.
Fortunately for everyone involved, and my liver, the Blues go on to win it 3-2 and take a 1-0 series lead. Final shot totals were 29-20 in favor of Dallas to include a 17-6 shot advantage in the third period. The Blues and Stars take to the ice for game 2 tomorrow at 2. You can catch that game on NBC.
From the Twit:
It is just the first game., however if you keep playing like last night I think we will all like the results. Well, maybe not Dallas.
Tarasenko on 2nd goal: "I don't want to talk about this. It's just the first game. We have a lot of hockey to play. I don't think it's right to talk about your moments in the game. It's just Game 1 and we have a win. We need to move it to the next one." #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 26, 2019
Death, Taxes, and Pierre with his ongoing struggles with the English language.
Petra-Angelo is not a player on the @StLouisBlues He does not have 2 names. Telling for a friend.— Darren R Pang (@Panger40) April 26, 2019
I’m still trying to figure it out.
I don’t understand how Benn discovered anything that down low— x - Justin Dubya (@justin03) April 26, 2019
Yes, they did.
Player of the Game:
The easy one is Tarasenko or Binnington. I’m actually gonna go with Fabbri. A guy that has more time in the press box than some actual members of the press. Been playing some good hockey as of late. Really contributing to the “fourth” line.