First Period -
Brayden Schenn wasted little time finding Nazem Kadri for a little payback from last year....
Justin Faulk acknowledged Schenn’s act of trying to beat Kadri’s face in with a gift of a goal. Not even five minutes later Faulk put the Blues up by one. Jordan Kyrou found Faulk open for a pass. This just after Faulk was able to keep it in the offensive zone. Faulk fired a wrist shot that beat Darcy Kuemper. 1-0 Blues.
The Blues outshot the Avs 11-5 in the period. It was the best first period these boys have played all season. Had to make that joke one more time.
Second Period -
Schenn found himself in the middle of the action again. Not a fight this time but a goal to give the Blues a two goal lead. Kyrou dropped the puck off to Schenn. Schenn then just plain skated around Kurtis MacDermid and beat the goaltender. Schenn then skated off of the ice with an apparent hand injury. It was speculated that it was a dislocated finger. (He later came back to the game) 2-0 Blues.
Around three minutes later, the Blues added another goal. Game time decision David Perron scored his first goal of the night. Newest Blue Brandon Saad gave the puck to Perron and then went straight to the net. While Saad was skating towards the net Perron entered the zone. Perron fired a wrister and scored.
Nazem Kadri tried to get a little revenge of his own late in the second. He assisted on the Andre Burakovsky goal to make it 3-1 Blues.
Despite being outshot 16-5 in the second...The Blues scored twice. The shitty second tried to show up, but thankfully didn’t make it’s scheduled appearance.
Third Period -
Jordan Binnington had a solid game tonight. He also may have just turned in a way too early save of the year candidate. Binnington robbed Mikko Rantanen with his glove keeping it a two goal game.
The Blues finally got a power play in the third. They did not squander that opportunity as David Perron scored his second goal of the night. With just four seconds left on said power play Ivan Barbashev hit Perron with a pass from behind the net. Perron took the pass and fired it in the back of the net. Perron now on pace for 164 goals this year. 4-1 Blues.
The Blues earned their second power play in the period, but it was quickly erased by the third Blues penalty of the night. (Not counting Schenn’s five for fighting) Teams were 4 on 4, but the Avs pulled their goaltender to make it 5 on 4. Unfortunately for the Blues it worked as Tyler Jost scored to make it 4-2.
The Avs ended up pulling the goalie again, and again it worked. This time J. T. Compher banged home a loose puck. Probably the easiest goal this man will score all season.
Just when things couldn’t get any worse for the Blues they actually did. For a moment. The Avs thought that they had scored. The NHL reviewed it and it was determined that the puck was kicked into the net. From the NHL:
Type of Review: Distinct Kicking Motion
Result: Call on the ice is overturned - No goal Colorado
Explanation: Video review determined Colorado’s Tyson Jost kicked the puck into the St. Louis net. According to Rule 49.2, ”A goal cannot be scored by an attacking player who uses a distinct kicking motion to propel the puck into the net with his skate/foot.”
So the teams played on. With the Blues up 4-3 Ryan O’Reilly sealed this one with an empty netter.
The Blues come out of Colorado with a win 5-3. Final shot totals 32-28 in favor of the Avs. The Blues take on Arizona Monday night. Hopefully not for 7 in a row.
Game night tweets:
Well at least they have 81 more games to work on it.
If not for Ryan O'Reilly, the #stlblues would have gotten killed on face-offs. He won 21 of 28 (75%).— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) October 17, 2021
Robert Thomas: 4 of 15 (27%)
Tyler Bozak: 1 of 7 (14%)
Brayden Schenn was decent: 4 of 9 (44%)
Ivan Barbashev: 1 of 4 (25%)
James Neal lost his only draw.
Like a good Neighbour Jake Farm is there. And he will be here. He definitely looked like he belonged out there tonight.
Some post game comments from the team. Nice to see Chief hasn’t changed with his long winded interviews...
"I think we're only going to get better, get stronger and make some corrections... We're happy to just grab two points tonight."— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) October 17, 2021
Hear from Justin Faulk, Brayden Schenn and Craig Berube following the 5-3 season opener win at Colorado. #stlblues pic.twitter.com/n3LA6D8UPU