First Period -
With 5:31 off the clock in the period, Leon Draisaitl fired a shot past Jake Allen to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead. Alex Pietrangelo cleared the puck out to...no where. The Oilers pick the puck up and skate back in the zone. Next thing you know, the puck is in the back of the net. Draisaitl scored his 28th of the year.
Just 17 seconds later, Caleb Jones scored his first goal of the year. The Oilers won the face off and shot the puck on net. The first shot got blocked by Jay Bouwmeester. The second shot however, did not get blocked. Jones’ point shot was only slowed and not completely stopped. The puck trickled through Allen’s pads and across the goal line. 2-0 Oilers.
The Blues mustarded just three shots on goal in the first frame. One could say (and probably did) that this was the worst first period for the Blues all year. I wouldn’t argue.
Things started to turn around for the Blues. The Blues played better in the period and were rewarded for it. David Perron’s best season ever continued as he scored a goal from his knees. After winning several puck battles along the boards, Alex Pietrangelo finally was able to get a shot on goal. Oilers starter Mikko Koskinen made the save on Pietrangelo’s shot. However, he gave up a fat rebound to Perron who won the battle in front and scored number 23 on the year. Pietrangelo (30) and Zach Sanford had the helper’s on the goal. You could’ve said the Blues kneeded that one. (What? The Blues Twitter account made that joke? Oh.)
That was all the scoring to be had. The Blues pumped out 14 shots in the period. Not only that, they at least resembled a functioning hockey team again.
The Blues had this game tied at two at the start of the third. Robert Thomas rang the puck off of the pipe moments into the period. But just a few seconds later Thomas was able to avoid the post and get nothing but sweet sweet net. Tyler Bozak made a great play to get control of the puck and pass the puck over to Thomas in the middle of the ice. Thomas finished the play with a hard shot that even if Koskinen got in front of it, the puck might have gone through him. Thomas with goal number nine on the season. Bozak (14) with the assist.
Draisaitl scored goal number two on the night and sealed the Blues fate. Draisaitl and Kailer Yamamoto rushed the puck up ice. Yamamoto made a pass up to Draisaitl, and Draisaitl finished the play off with a goal. Not sure what Justin Faulk was thinking, (Maybe about the long car ride to Winnipeg?) but that was your definite oof.
Actually this was the goal that sealed the Blues fate. The Blues turned the puck over just as Jake Allen had been pulled. The Blues had a 5 on 4, but the power play had been 0-2 at this point. Also, Coach Berube has stated that he wanted to be aggressive in those situations. Well, it bit them in the ass as Josh Archibald fired the puck into the wide open net.
Your final - Oilers and their interesting sweater choice - 4, the Blues and the interesting stradegy of only playing 38 minutes of 60 - 2.
Next up - Winnipeg tomorrow night.
Tweets and things:
Some post game comments. If you were happy with the start of that game, you’re a miserable person. Probably.
Well, it could always be worse for the Blues exhibit 2323423454:
Maybe the goals weren’t regulation size or something...
Let's get to the 3 takeaways:— Alex Ferrario (@Ferrario101ESPN) February 1, 2020
1) WAY to many missed nets tonight. 68 shot attempts, 35 didn't hit the net
2) The powerplay is in need of answers. Unable to find scoring
3) Another reason why this #stlblues team has something special in Robert Thomas.
Let's hear yours, text 65780
Perron got hit in the face to end the night. Happy Friday!