Robert Thomas and Vladimir Tarasenko were held out of the lineup tonight. They should both be back Sunday night against Dallas. In the meantime, the Blues took on the Golden Knights for their second game in the round robin. Early on in the first period, the Blues took a 1-0 lead. The Blues collected the puck after a bad clearing attempt. Ryan O’Reilly settled the puck and got it over to Zach Sanford. Sanford passed it over to David Perron. Perron fired the puck on net beating Vegas starter Marc-Andre Fleury. 1-0 Blues on their first shot of the game.
Fast forwarding to the beginning of the second, the Blues took a 2-0 lead on a Colton Parayko goal. The Blues forced a turnover in front of the Vegas net. Brayden Schenn connected with Parayko. And by connected it was really Schenn fanning on a pass, Parayko collecting the puck and sniping one past Fleury. It all worked out in the end.
Vegas was rewarded with a power play after a questionable call on Alexander Steen. (The refs also botched a non call for a penalty shot. So it went both ways.) On said power play Shea Theodore cut the Blues lead in half. Alex Pietrangelo tried to block the Theodore shot but missed. The puck then bounced off of Binnington and into the back of the net. At least the Blues still had the 2-1 lead...
...that was until Alex Tuch collected a rebound and tucked it into the net. Death taxes and the Golden Knights coming back on the Blues in one way or another.
Tuch wasn’t done there. He scored his second of the night with Vegas on the power play. Alec Martinez centered the puck. Pietrangelo whiffed on a backhanded clearing attempt. The puck was passed to Reilly Smith who then found Tuch in front of net. Tuch backhanded the puck past Jordan Binnington giving Vegas a one goal lead.
Colton Parayko said not so fast as he netted his second of the night just moments later. Fleury aggressively came out of the crease. Not sure at what point he realized that was a mistake, but it opened the net enough to allow Parayko to score on a wrap around.
Just seconds later Troy Brouwer reclaimed the lead for the Blues. Tyler Bozak acquired the puck deep in Vegas’ end. He passed the puck over to a wide open Troy Brouwer. Brouwer one timed the puck into a wide open net. The Blues took a 4-3 lead into the third period...
With two minutes gone in the third Vegas tied the game back up. The Knights won a puck battle in the corner. The puck was passed into the slot and Zach Whitecloud skated in and was able to one time the puck into the back of the net. We have a tie game once again.
Mark Stone put the Knights ahead for good on another one timer chance from close range. Brayden McNabb’s pass to Stone not only went through Parayko’s legs, but bounced off of Justin Faulk’s skate right to Stone. Stone finished off the play and the Blues right along with it.
Take us home Shea Theodore. Cause at this point that’s all the Blues defense seemed it wanted to do.
Blues drop their second round robin game 6-4. But hey shoutout to Jordan Binnington for playing his ass off tonight.
The Blues were outshot and outplayed most of the game. The Blues managed only 17 shots on goal for the entire game. While yes they scored four...it seemed as if it was more Fleury being rusty than the Blues getting any sustained pressure. Next up for the Blues is Dallas sometime on Sunday. They’ll be playing for the third seed in the next round.
Tweets from the night -
Neither Schwartz nor Schenn had a shot on goal tonight. In two round-robin games, they've combined for one, and it belongs to Schwartz. #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) August 7, 2020
Chief’s post game comments. Also, maybe the suits need to make a come back. I’m not superstitious....just a little stitious.
Well there’s something positive on the night.
Oh by the way...Jake Allen starts Sunday.