First Period - The Blues welcomed Jaden Schwartz back to the lineup tonight. And because the Blues aren’t allowed to be 100 percent at any time in this crazy season...Oskar Sundqvist left the game with an apparent leg injury. He and Kyle Clifford accidentally collided and below was the result.
No goals were scored, but the Blues didn’t give up any either. Moral victory after one?
Second Period -
The Sharks successfully killed a Blues power play chance. The Sharks got possession of the puck and moved it up ice. Ryan Donato came out of the box and skated in on Vince Dunn and Jordan Binnington. Now I’m no expert by any means here (as most of you have figured out) but am I wrong in thinking that maybe Dunn could have done more than just duck down like a scared puppy? That’s what it looked like to me anyway. I felt maybe Dunn could have done more. IMO. Anyway, Donato walked in and scored. 1-0 bad guys.
Third Period -
Still down 1-0 the Blues were having a hard time getting pucks past *checks notes* sigh...Martin Jones. That was until the birthday boy scored shorthanded. The Blues were pretty aggressive on the penalty kill tonight. That agresion paid off. Tyler Bozak chased the puck into the corner of the Sharks defensive zone. Kyle Clifford came in to help and ended up winning the puck battle. Clifford then skated the puck in front of the net and fired it. The puck took a bounce off of Bozak’s leg and past Jones to tie the game at one.
After the Sharks took two too many men penalties, the Blues decided they’d return the favor in OT. Shoutout to Vince Dunn taking his sweet ass time getting off the ice. (He just had the best night didn’t he?) The Blues successfully killed it off and to the skills portion of the competition we go.
The Blues and Sharks exchanged goals in round 2. Round 3 belonged to Vladimir Tarasenko.
The Blues win a close one in San Jose 2-1. Binnington stopped 30 of the 31 shots that he saw. The Blues and Sharks clash again tomorrow night.
Hashtag Twitter and Stuff:
Postgame comments from the coach.
Craig Berube on what was different for the #stlblues tonight: "The composure was really good tonight with the hockey puck. I thought our composure without the puck was good too." pic.twitter.com/3d6oxcysDc— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) March 20, 2021
The Sharks missed at least three great chances (that I noticed anyway). Two wide open nets and one very audible goal post.
It looks ugly: Per @SPORTLOGiQ, #SJSharks were outshot 20-7 from the slot tonight through 3 periods, All Situations. But Boughner drew an interesting distinction -- basically, #SJSharks were in right places, they just missed net, made extra pass, or got blocked unlike #STLBlues: pic.twitter.com/bj9vMXyRgT— Sheng Peng (@Sheng_Peng) March 20, 2021
Hey so if the hockey gods could stop taking players away as others return...That’d be swell.
Craig Berube said he didn’t have an update on Oskar Sundqvist other than he will get an MRI. More will be known Saturday. #stlblues— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 20, 2021
It’s even better in slow motion folks.
Stat of the night....