Tyler Bozak and Alex Pietrangelo did not play tonight. Bozak was held out for a lower body injury. Alex Pietrangelo was out with a stomach virus. Or explosive poops. (Go with the first one.)
First Period -
Alexander Steen scored his 7th goal of the year 5:48 into the contest. Colton Parayko unloaded a shot that Stars starter Ben Bishop was able to stop. Jordan Kyrou fired a rebound chance on net, that again Bishop stopped. Kyrou skated the puck around the back of the net. Kyrou passed the puck right in front to Steen. Steen wasn’t able to score on his first attempt, but he was able to clean up his own rebound. Kyrou (4) and Parayko (15) had the assists.
David Perron had a goal called back last night because he was ruled offside. Tonight was a different story. The Stars tried to clear the puck, but instead it would trickle to Colton Parayko. Parayko let loose another shot that Bishop again stopped. The puck bounced around in front of the net for a moment. Perron found and fired the loose puck into the back of the net giving the Blues a 2-0 lead. Assists for Thomas (26) and Parayko (16)
Shots for the period were 10-6 in favor of the Blues.
Second Period -
What kind of second period would the Blues have tonight? Well, just two and a half minutes into the period we found out. Robert Thomas made a great defensive play to steal the puck from Stephen Johns. Thomas then hit Jordan Kyrou with a perfect breakout pass. Kyrou skated up ice, turned Jamie Oleksiak into a traffic cone and was able to beat Bishop with a wicked wrist shot. Kyrou netted his third goal of the year with Thomas (27) on the assist. 3-0 Blues.
Moments later the Blues made it 4-0 thanks to a great play from Ryan O’Reilly and Jaden Schwartz. The Blues were able to break up the Stars chance (or lack thereof) at one end of the ice and move the puck right back to the other end. Schwartz was able to find O’Reilly with a pass out of the zone. O’Reilly moved the puck up ice and then returned the puck to Schwartz. It was really nice of him to do that because then Schwartz deposited the puck into the back of the net and ended Ben Bishop’s night. Schwartz’s goal was his 20th of the year with O’Reilly (42) and Dunn (12) tallying the helpers. 4-0 Blues.
Shots in the second were 11-7 in favor of the Blues.
Third Period -
The Blues notched all of two shots on the score sheet in the third. One of them was a Colton Parayko goal. O’Reilly moved the puck into the zone. The puck went into the corner and Schwartz was there to get it. Schwartz was able to spot Parayko and get the puck to Parayko’s wheelhouse. Parayko being as open as he was had plenty of time to unleash an absolute bomb that Anton Khudobin couldn’t stop. Parayko scored number 7 on the year with Schwartz (28) and O’Reilly (43) assisting.
Roman Polak was tossed from the game midway through the period. Something something door something.
Unfortunately for the Blues all good things come to an end. The shutout streak was stopped by Jamie Oleksiak. Oleksiak fired the puck at the net from the point. The puck seemed to deflect off of Parayko and past Jake Allen ending the shutout streak at 178 minutes and 39 seconds. Too little, too late StDrs.
Blues go on to win 5-1 and hold the Stars to just 19 shots on goal. They also held the Stars powerplay scoreless as it went 0-4. Marco Scandella was solid again tonight for the Blues as he notched almost 21 minutes in ice time tonight.
Three Stars -
- Parayko 2. Kyrou 3. Jake Allen
Twitter Shit -
NHL dot com didn’t have this highlight, but Jake Allen with a great stick save...
Post game comments...
It was..an effort.
If anyone figures out how they’ve done this all year, please let me know.
It's pretty amazing that the #stlblues can keep losing key guys (Tarasenko, Bouwmeester, Pietrangelo and Bozak tonight) and keep finding ways.— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) February 22, 2020
And finally...Pam had a visitor. And no, it wasn’t Jim.
The @StanleyCup came to my house. Insane! We invited my son’s hockey team, hubby’s hockey buddies and some @StLouisBlues fans over for the fun. Even our cat Sonny loved it. Thank you @NHL @keeperofthecup #hockeymomsrule #catinacup pic.twitter.com/rwWRVyaXh9— Jenna Fischer (@jennafischer) February 21, 2020