Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Sammy Blais - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron
Pat Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas
Ivan Barbashev - Oskar Sundqvist - Alexander Steen
Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Robert Bortuzzo
First Period -
Less than three minutes into the game Jaden Schwartz scored the first goal of the night. Joel Edmundson fanned on a wide open rebound chance. Tarasenko tried to fire the puck back on net. The puck was blocked but it bounced right to Schwartz. Schwartz wristed the puck back on net and beat Sharks starter Martin Jones for the 1-0 lead.
The Blues power play was horrendous and that’s probably being nice about it. While on the power play the Blues gave up a short handed break away. Thankfully Binnington was up to to the task as he denied a Barclay Goodrow bid.
Shots were 9-6 in favor of the Sharks in the period.
Second Period -
Ryan O’Reilly found Vince Dunn on the point. Dunn fired a shot on net that found its way into the back of the net and gave the Blues a 2-0 lead. Shout out to Sammy Blais for the nice screen in front of Jones to keep him from seeing the Dunn shot.
Moments later the Blues were gifted a power play chance. The Blues gave up another shorthanded chance. This time however, Logan Couture beat Binnington to cut the Blues lead in half.
Moments later Couture scored again. This time beating Binnington five hole and tying the game at two. This was Couture’s 100th career playoff point. Not a great look for the Blues as they gave up two goals in a matter of a couple of minutes.
With around three and a half minutes to go, Robert Bortuzzo scored to give the Blues back the lead. Bortuzzo outskated golden boy Joe Thornton and then backhands the puck past Jones for a beautiful goal.
Shots in the second were 9-6 in favor of the Blues this time.
Third Period -
Alexander Steen found Oskar Sundqvist for the best goal of the night. Steen made a glorious pass to Sundqvist who put the puck in the back of the net. Blues now lead 4-2 and this one was all but over.
Your final score 4-2 Blues. The Blues tie the series at one game a piece. The Blues power play went 0 for 5 tonight, and overall is 0-6 so far in the series. Not great Bob. Other than that it was a solid road game for the road team. Which really has been the theme of this playoff run. Final shot totals brought to you by NBCSN still doesn’t have a shot counter - STL 25 SJ 26. The Blues and Sharks head back to St. Louis for game 3 Wednesday Night.
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