First Period -
Robert Bortuzzo was called for tripping against Brendan Smith. The Rangers took the advantage on the man advantage and scored to make it 1-0. The Rangers were able to get the puck out of the corner and to an open Ryan Strome. Strome fed the puck over to Mika Zibanejad who one timed the puck on net past Jordan Binnington.
Shots were 7-7 a side at the end of the period.
Second Period -
After the Blues had killed the second Rangers penalty, they were rewarded a power play of their own. On that power play, the second unit struck pay dirt again. The Rangers tried to clear the puck. Instead the puck went straight to Colton Parayko. Parayko fired a quick shot on net beating a sliding Alexandar Georgiev. Either Parayko has been on Twitter reading about how everyone thinks he should shoot more, or someone has been telling him to shoot more. In any event Parayko tied the game at one on his ninth goal of the year. It was unassisted.
Shots in the second were 9-7 in favor of the Blues.
Third Period -
The Blues scored the go ahead goal with a little bit of luck. Jaden Schwartz played the puck along the boards to Brayden Schenn. Schenn then took the puck and played it towards the net. It looked like he was trying to hit Ryan O’Reilly with a pass. Instead the puck bounced off of Georgiev’s skate and across the goal line. Schenn scored a goal in his fifth game in a row bringing his season total to 25. Jaden Schwartz (33) and Parayko (18) had the assists.
Jordan Binnington made some key saves and hey Jaden Schwartz? Why don’t you go ahead and seal this one with an empty netter?
Schwartz nets his 21st of the year with O’Reilly (47) and Schenn (30) providing the help. The Blues go on to win this one 3-1 and get their 40th win of the year. Shot totals at the end of this one were 26-22 in favor of the Rangers. The Blues don’t play again until Friday night as they’ll take on the Debils er Devils.
Three Stars -
- Jaden Schwartz
- Jordan Binnington
- Colton Parayko
Tweet, Tweet, Tweet, Tweet, Tweet -
It’s fitting that this happened in a building with as much history as Madison Square Garden.
St Louis Blues Win their 1,900th regular season game tonight.— STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) March 4, 2020
Chart below shows the date for each 'hundreth' Win as well as the number of games it took to win each 'hundred' games.#stlblues pic.twitter.com/rFhnn806q0
While Jordan Binnington may be back, the fact of the matter remains that the team hasn’t lost since acquiring Marco Scandella.
Binnington won his sixth straight game for his 30th victory of the season. In those last six games, which included two shutouts, he's allowed nine goals on 137 shots for a 1.49 GAA and .934 save percentage. #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) March 4, 2020
Post game comments from tonight.
Congrats to Ryan O’Reilly on 800 games. I for one bow down to our bearded hockey overlord and look forward to his long and face off winning reign.