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
Joel Edmundson - Vince Dunn
Something called a Roope Hintz scored the first goal of the game. Mats Zuccarello finds Hintz right in front of the Blues net. Hintz fired the puck in the net and gave the Stars a 1-0 lead with 12:49 left.
With about six and a half minutes left the Stars struck again. This time with both teams down a man, Hintz and Miro Heiskanen combined for a brilliant goal. Beating Binnington pretty easily. Not that Binnington really had any help on the play...
Just moments later the Blues came down the ice and scored a goal of their own. With it still being a four on four, Colton Parayko unleashed hell that found the back of the net. Just like that the Blues were right back in this one.
HA! Just kidding. The Stars scored just seconds later and before towel boy could fire one off. Mattias Janmark forced a turnover in neutral ice. He and Jason Dickinson rushed up the ice. Janmark and Dickinson played a little tic tac goal and put the Stars back up by two. Shoutout to Alex Pietrangelo for his best fish impersonation.
Mercifully the period ended. Shots were 10-10.
Second Period -
No one scored. The Blues finally started to wake up towards the end of the period as they tended to do in these playoffs so far. Shots were 14-7 in favor of the Blues.
Third Period -
Not even two minutes into the third the Blues made it a one goal game. Colton Parayko fired the puck on net. Jaden Schwartz was there to tip home the puck. The Stars challenged for goaltender interference. The review process took what seemed like forever. However it was deemed a good goal. The Blues were back in this one...
But David Perron took an offensive zone penalty that the Blues had to kill off. (And did.) Jordan Binnington meanwhile, was killing it.
The Blues had to wait for Ben Bishop to get the sand out of his dress or something. I’m not sure how long the delay actually was but it was basically a free timeout for Dallas that again killed any Blues momentum. The Stars then committed a delay of game penalty. (It’s still dumb that this is a thing but hey if the Blues had scored I wouldn’t have minded as much). The Stars were able to survive the penalty and Hintz sealed this one up with an empty net goal. (Although with 3 seconds left I’m pretty sure this one was over anyway)
Stars beat the Blues 4-2. The first half of the game killed the Blues. If they had played close to the same game that they did in the third...we might have been talking about overtime or a win for sure. Shots in the period were 18-10 in favor of Dallas to include eight shots on their power play chance. Speaking of power play’s, the Blues power play went 0 for 5...The teams head to Dallas for game three on Monday.
From the Twit:
More like the powerless play.
Blues-Stars have basically played two one-goal games (excluding ENG).— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 27, 2019
Berube: "It's going to be tight. Both teams play good defensive hockey, both goalies are playing well. Our power play could have helped us tonight, it didn't. That might have made the difference in the game."
Some comments from all the sudden hot Jaden Schwartz.
Jaden Schwartz on the increasing physicality of this #stlblues-#NHLStars series: "It's a battle out there. Both teams are physical, and the intensity's ramping up. That's just how it is this time of year." pic.twitter.com/WPZoWJ1bsD— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) April 27, 2019
If Dallas wins this series I’ll delete this entire account. I’m that confident. #stlblues— Joey Palazzola (@Palazzola_RTN) April 27, 2019
COUGH DAVID PERRON COUGH.
.@JamieRivers08 on the how teams should handle the intense physicality of the Stanley Cup playoffs: "Discipline is the big thing. You've got to stay out of the box. Initiate, don't retaliate." #stlblues pic.twitter.com/YsCZG3w17t— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) April 27, 2019
Never not funny.
Player of the Game:
27 didn’t have a great game today, but these three won some hearts.