Carl, good to see you -
Carl Gunnarsson was in the lineup for the Blues last night after Robert Bortuzzo was placed on IR.
The Blues hit the home ice for the first time in 314 days. (Maybe it was a sign?) The Sharks came to town with a familiar face in goal. Devan Dubnyk was in net for the Sharks in this one. (Which by the way, when the hell did that happen?)
First Period -
The Blues were looking better in the first period of this one that at any time of that game we won’t mention in Colorado. Unfortunately that didn’t help the Blues get on the score sheet first. Kevin Labanc deflected a Brent Burns shot into the back of the net. Not much Jordan Binnington could do on this one. 1-0 bad guys.
The Blues are having issues with the penalty kill. That wasn’t changing last night either. The Sharks scored their second goal of the game on the power play. Logan Couture was on the receiving end of some great passing on the play. The Sharks passing allowed Couture a yawning net. Carl Gunnarsson was spinning in circles in front of a sprawling Binnington. Binnington couldn’t get back to the other side of the net in time. 2-0.
Second Period -
Just two and a half minutes into the second, Justin Faulk finally got the Blues on the board. At the very end of the Sharks power play, Ivan Barbashev got a hold of the puck. Faulk was just coming out of the box and turned up ice. Barbashev set him up with a perfect pass. The one man back with Faulk was no help on defense. Faulk fired a shot beating Dubnyk high to the corner of the net.
Mike Hoffman scored his first goal as a Blue last night. Hoffman was brave enough to get in front of a Colton Parayko shot. That shot deflected off of Hoffman’s stick into the net.
The period was going great. The Blues killed off a penalty, and tied the game at two. Well, it was going great until the Sharks scored their second power play goal of the night. The Sharks worked the puck into the zone. The puck was skated down into the corner. Evander Kane looked like he was going to pass the puck back out to Couture. The puck had other ideas. The puck deflected off of Gunnarsson’s stick right to Burns. Burns fired the puck on net and in. I personally think the puck was just attracted to whatever Burns has growing on his face. Whatever the case, the Sharks were back out in front.
The Sharks lead didn’t last very long. About two minutes later the Blues added their third goal of the night. Jordan Kyrou has some wheels. He took the puck out of the zone and flew up the ice. So much so that he made Erik Karlsson look like a traffic cone. The only thing that stopped Kyrou was a well timed poke check by Dubnyk. The puck went right to Brayden Schenn. He delayed a second and then fired a wrister on net. It looked like Dubnyk had it. But there was a scrum in front of the net. He ended up knocking the puck into the net on his own. Oops.
With a minute left in the period Justin Faulk added his second goal of the night. Ryan O’Reilly brought the puck into the zone. O’Reilly passed the puck to David Perron. Perron fired the puck towards one of two guys in front of the net. Faulk had his stick at the right place at the right time. That shot pass deflected off of Faulk’s stick blade and in for a Blues lead.
Third Period -
Four minutes into the third period the Blues had a lead...and it’s gone. Couture scored his second goal of the game to tie it back up at 4. It was a bad angle shot that just bounced off of Binnington and went in.
The Blues were about to go on a power play, but Kyrou had other ideas. Kyrou had his stick knocked out of his hands. He picked it up off the ice and skated in behind Parayko. Parayko slid the puck over to Kyrou. Not only can the kid skate, but he can shoot too. He fired a wicked little wrister past Dubnyk for what was the eventual game winner.
Blues take this one by a score of 5-4. The PK gave up two more power play goals. The power play is 0-10 to start the year. Gotta figure this stuff out boys. Although once the power play finally gets going, not many are gonna be able to stop it.
Shots on goal - 33/26 in favor of the Blues.
These two are back at it tomorrow night at Enterprise. Puck drops at 8.
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It was a bummer they went down 2-0 but at the same time they didn’t let it completely get away...
Craig Berube: "I thought our first period was actually good and you come out of there down 2-0, it's discouraging, but I thought our guys got back in the game the second period. I thought the first half of that period, we were really good, got us back in the game." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) January 19, 2021
I think Jordan is moving up into the top 6 sooner than later...
Kyrou had 14:21 of even-strength ice time, which is the third-highest total of his 47 NHL games.— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) January 19, 2021
He has two goals on six shots this season and could have had another tonight if not for a great play by Dubnyk. #stlblues
And finally...I miss this guy.
January 19 2013— STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) January 19, 2021
Vladimir Tarasenko made his NHL debut & became the 2nd St Louis Blues player (Doug Palazzari) to score 2 Goals in 1st NHL game; named #1 star in the Blues 6-0 Win vs Detroit Red Wings.
Clip contains both Goals & #1 star; video from @FSMidwest