The Golden Knights coaching staff wasn’t on the bench tonight. Instead their GM and AHL staff manned the helm for this one. So this game was already wacky before it even got started.
First Period -
Less than four minutes in, Vegas got on the board. The Knights moved the puck up ice as quickly as they could. That led to a two on one break. Alex Tuch skated the puck up ice. He took the puck into the zone, fired it on net, and scored. 1-0 Knights.
Less than a minute later David Perron scored his first goal of the night. The Blues dumped the puck in behind the net. The Knights got to it first, but then turned the puck over behind the net. Ryan O’Reilly possessed the puck and passed it to Perron. Perron fired a wrist shot on goal and scored. The Blues tie the game at one.
Perron scored his second goal of the night with the Blues on the power play. I wanna point out that the Knights were called for too many men. This verifying that the Blues aren’t the only team in the NHL that can’t count. (Gasp!) The play started with O’Reilly winning the face off. Jaden Schwartz tipped the puck back to Torey Krug. Krug passed the puck over to Perron. Perron fired the puck on goal and just like that the Blues had a 2-1 lead.
The Blues weren’t done scoring. Schwartz made it 3-1 thanks in part to a failed clearing attempt. Jordan Kyrou bumped his man just enough to disrupt his clearing attempt. Brayden Schenn picked off the puck and passed it to Schwartz. Schwartz gathered the puck and fired in what seemed like all one motion. The Blues scored their third goal on just their seventh shot on goal. Things you love to see.
Second Period -
Things you hate to see...The Knights bringing the game to within one goal. Mark Stone centered the puck in front of the net and Max Pacioretty was there to clean it up.
Jordan Kyrou put the Blues back up by two goals. Kyrou chipped the puck out of the zone and it was off to the races. Former friend of Gametime Alex Pietrangelo tried to stay with Kyrou. Kyrou absolutely outworked the former captain and scored a filthy goal that I’ll be watching on repeat until Thursday.
Third Period -
The Blues were down two men when Pacioretty scored his second goal of the game. Colton Parayko was called for a slash. Then Marco Scandella was called for a “crosscheck”. The Knights took advantage scored during the 5 on 3. Pacioretty ripped a wrister from long range beating Jordan Binnington.
Pacioretty netted his third goal and completed his hat trick with about three and a half minutes left. When Mark Stone wasn’t cheap shotting Blues players (21 is questionable after the shot he took from their captain) he was assisting on goals.
The Blues and Knights traded chances in the OT period. Then in the shootout Brayden Schenn sealed the win for the Blues. The NHL has decided to not bless us with the glorious goals scored by both Perron and Schenn. Here is the highlight package from the NHL.
The Blues and Jordan Binnington steal this one 5-4. The two teams play again Thursday.
Tweets and things. Mostly Tweets. Not things.
Justin Faulk becoming a fan favorite this year...after half of Blues Twitter wanted to ship him off to Seattle last year.
Justin Faulk on sticking up for Tyler Bozak: "Yeah, we didn't like the hit. I think there's multiple guys within our room that would have done it. It's just some things you do for teammates and move on. I just stepped up and tried to do that." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) January 27, 2021
Post game comments.
"At the end of the day, a big two points. We definitely needed it, and now we get another chance in a couple days to prove in the second game we can make some adjustments and be successful." #stlblues pic.twitter.com/msTHFyFPB9— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) January 27, 2021
No really. Someone please tell me what the point of this was? There was no fucking reason for this. Your captain is trash.
Big cheap shot by Mark Stone behind the play on Bozak, whistled two for interference. Blues bench not happy, Bozak appears to hit head on ice going down pic.twitter.com/qgl4QkAUYs— NHL Safety Watch (@NHLSafetyWatch) January 27, 2021
And here is Justin Faulk sticking up for his teammate.