J.T. Miller opened up the scoring in the game with a power play goal. Elias Pettersson found Miller with cross ice pass. Miller got in behind the defense and beat Jake Allen giving the Canucks a 1-0 lead. You put a different goaltender in and the defense still manages to shit the bed in front of him. Weird.
Jake Allen getting a start in a crucial playoff game? What’s next? Justin Faulk scoring a goal? Yes. That is exactly what happened next. Robert Thomas with a strong forecheck to keep the puck in the zone. He passed the puck to Sammy Blais. Sammy passed the puck back to Thomas. Thomas found Faulk with a crisp pass that he was able to corral. Faulk then beat Jacob Markstrom to tie the game at one.
The Blues had never led in the series. That was until last night. David Perron scored a sharp angle goal for his 4th bubble goal. Ryan O’Reilly and Perron brought the puck into the zone. O’Reilly made a perfect pass to Perron who finished off the play with a sniper of a shot that found the top corner of the net. Blues finally lead 2-1....
And in the blink of an eye it was gone. Elias Pettersson took advantage of a Blues defensive miscue (I feel like that’s been muttered in the series before) and tied the game at two. Colton Parayko and Marco Scandella picked an awful time to share hotel cookie recipes and collided. Noted trash can and waste of space Antoine Roussel was there to gather the loose puck. He fed the puck over to Pettersson who danced around a sprawled out Parayko. Pettersson then fired the puck into the net tying the game right back up sending us to the third...
There were no goals scored in the third period. The Blues finally got their first power play of the night with two minutes to go in the game. They failed to convert unfortunately and this one headed to overtime.
Brayden Schenn gave the Blues their first bubble win of the playoffs with his breakaway goal with less than five minutes to go in the first OT. The Canucks turned the puck over in their offensive zone. O’Reilly got the puck back up the ice. Schenn was off to the races and goodnight goodbye game over.
The Blues despite being without Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen found a way to win. Justin Faulk had an outstanding game. Jake Allen played solid. The refs kept their whistles in their pants as only 6 penalties were called in the entire game. Other than the miscue that led to the Canucks tying the game, and a too much man penalty in the second the Blues game last night was real solid.
It’s another 9:30 start for the teams tonight for game four.
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I feel like we were all Schenn at one point or another last night.
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NHL announces Game 5 of Blues-Canucks will be at ... drumroll ... 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) August 17, 2020
I absolutely love the enthusiasm that Panger has brought since the return. He’s watching along with all of us as a fan too. I mean he’s yelling at guys to shoot the puck. The only thing he still needs to do is count the goals with towel boy.
Watched Schenn goal & call 10+ times. @Jkellyhockey & @Panger40 are the best. I love that for few secs during GWG, @Panger40 forgets he’s calling a game. For those few secs it’s just raw, genuine emotion as a fan when he says nothing but “YESS!” He represents every #stlblues fan.— BNastE90 (@BNastE90) August 17, 2020
See Justin Faulk can play some sort of hockey...can he keep it up?
Justin Faulk picked the right time to have his best game as a #stlblues. 1 g, 4 shots, 8 hits in 25:36 of ice.— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) August 17, 2020
From the is this good department...
The Blues' team CF% never dipped below 60 percent at 5-on-5 last night. They dominated the game and have a gameplan moving forward: stay out of the box, dominate the forecheck, and for the love of God get some rubber on Markstrom. #stlblues— ♂️ ♂️ Podcast (@TwoGuysOneCup) August 17, 2020