We start off this one towards the end of the first period. With the Blues on the power play, Ryan O’Reilly netted his first goal of the night. Alex Pietrangelo shot the puck wide of the net. The puck bounced off the very active end boards and right to O’Reilly. He collected the rebound and beat Jacob Markstrom for the goal.
Just 40 seconds into the second period, The Canucks tied the game at one. Alex Pietrangelo did a good job to break up the Canucks first chance. However, the puck wasn’t cleared and found its way to Alex Edler. Edler shot the puck from the point. The puck was deflected by J.T. Miller past Jake Allen and in the net. Nothing Allen could have done as it was a great tip by Miller.
From this moment forward it was all Blues. They dominated the rest of the period. With thirteen minutes left in the second, O’Reilly scored his second goal of the night. O’Reilly dumped the puck into the zone. David Perron was with him and was the first to get to the puck. Perron passed the puck out of the corner. O’Reilly played the puck off of his skate to his stick. A little forehand backhand thanks for coming and the Blues were up again 2-1. Have we thanked the Sabres lately again for giving him to us for spare change?
Alex Pietrangelo put the nail in the coffin late in the second period. The Blues were on a 5 on 3 power play. Which given the history with the Blues and 5 on 3’s you almost wish they could decline them. But alas, this one continued on. O’Reilly one timed the puck on net that was saved by Markstrom. O’Reilly got the puck out of the corner. He then passed the puck over to Alex Pietrangelo. The captain fired the puck towards Brayden Schenn but instead of getting to Schenn the puck bounced off of Edler’s stick and in the net.
The Blues were able to keep Vancouver scoreless the rest of the way and hold on for the 3-1 win. There were a couple of scares in this one as both Sammy Blais and Robert Thomas were off the ice for a little while. Blais was sucker punched by noted trash can Antoine Roussel. Thomas was boarded and went to the locker room per concussion protocol. They both came back and all reports seem to be that they’ll be back Wednesday for game 5. Speaking of game 5...it starts at...you guessed it. 9:30. Good times.
Tweets from the night/morning/whatever.
The Canucks last power play was called because Carl Gunnarsson literally slashed the ice. Like I know ice conditions aren’t great up there...Owen 7.
0 for 7 with less than ten shots on the power play. And the last one was literally gifted to you but go off. https://t.co/CjRBqDGIAn— Justin Dubya (@justin03) August 18, 2020
We now go to a live look in at the Canucks following game 4 as told by Kevin from The Office:
So you’re saying there’s a chance...?
When the Blues played three games in four days this season, and the third game follows the offday, they are 4-0— Tom Timmermann (@tomtimm) August 18, 2020
What game was he watching...I don’t think it was the same one.
Travis definitely spun his presser in a positive way. Didn’t think the Blues dominated tonight at 5-on-5. Didn’t think the bottom six was a concern. Doesn’t think the Blues are wearing down the Canucks.— Jason Brough (@JasonBroughTSN) August 18, 2020