First period -
It took just four minutes for the Blues to get on the board. Vladimir Tarasenko won a battle for a loose puck along the boards. Tarasenko passed the puck back to Niko Mikkola. Mikkola fired the puck on net. The puck seemed to hit someone or something on the way to the net. Devan Dubnyk wasn’t able to stop the shot giving Mikkola his first career NHL goal. Tarasenko notched his first point of the year as well. You also get extra ‘Senko hugs for your first goal. Neat.
Before the goal, Kyle Clifford and human punching bag Kurtis Gabriel exchanged brownie recipes before tonight’s game...
Kurtis Gabriel and Kyle Clifford had a friendly pregame chat pic.twitter.com/hVLpYvtJ8p— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) March 9, 2021
...Which I guess Cliffy didn’t like how many eggs Gabriel used in his batter? It led to this exchange.
Kurtis Gabriel and Kyle Clifford threw down the gloves after a testy pregame exchange pic.twitter.com/qvHcMIZ43y— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) March 9, 2021
After one the Blues were up 1-0.
Second Period -
The Sharks tied this one up in the second. Marc-Edouard Vlasic fired a shot over Ville Husso’s glove and in the net.
The Blues power play scored again in the final moments of the period. Tarasenko banked the puck off the boards to Ryan O’Reilly. O’Reilly then passed it over to David Perron. Perron fired off a one timer, but didn’t get all of it. The puck made its way toward the net. Brayden Schenn was there to deflect the puck past Dubnyk to give the Blues a one goal lead.
Third Period -
The Sharks scored a power play goal of their own to tie the game back up at two. White panel van owner, Logan Couture was able to bounce the puck in off of his foot. Could the Blues have challenged for a kicking motion? Sure. Would they have won it? Probably not. It was ruled a goal on the ice, and they reviewed it and still called it a goal.
Ryan O’Reilly got in close but couldn’t get off any sort of shot. It might have been the whack that Dubnyk gave him on his stick and hands. The Sharks got the puck up ice. Thorn in everyone’s side Evander Kane scored.
The Blues don’t play again until Friday. Which might be good for everyone involved to get a few days off.
Tweets of the Game:
Neat part two.
With an assist on Brayden Schenn's goal, David Perron did extend his point streak to seven games (four goals, five assists), which is also the longest current point streak in the league. #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) March 9, 2021
Brayden Schenn was inches away from giving this game a different outcome...
Schenn on his third period chance off Krug pass: "We're looking at each other. The puck came, I think through. For a second there you lose track of it. I just kind of put my stick down on the ice and I had an empty net. Obviously I would like to have that one back." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) March 9, 2021
Sunny could be back soon?
Berube says the only injured player the Blues expect to get back by the weekend is Sundqvist. Bozak won't be ready. #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) March 9, 2021
And finally. Here comes the worst take of the night. (Not the one from 2G1C)