First Period -
Vladimir Tarasenko scored the first goal of the night less than a minute into the game. On one end of the ice, Vegas won the faceoff. Shea Theodore tried firing the puck on net, but either missed completely or had it blocked by Jaden Schwartz. Either way Vince Dunn collected the puck and moved it up ice to Tarasenko. Tarasenko skated the puck into the zone. He fired that beautiful shot of his on goal. Marc-Andre Fleury couldn’t stop it. Just hate seeing that and it’s 1-0 Blues.
Not only did the Blues score the first goal of the night, but they scored the second one too. Trust me I was just as confused as you probably are. It really happened I promise. David Perron and Sammy Blais passed the puck back and forth up the ice. Blais brought the puck in and just fired a rocket on net. Fleury wasn’t stopping this one either. 2-0 Blues.
Shots after one were 16-12 in favor of the Blues.
Second Period -
While there weren’t any goals there were plenty of Jordan Binnington saves. He single handedly kept the Blues in the game in the second. The Blues weren’t doing themselves any favors as they were called for three penalties. The Blues penalty kill ended up killing them all thankfully. This was definitely a second period that could have turned shitty real quick. Also, this is plee 345435345 to get rid of firing the puck over the glass as a penalty. Make it the same as icing and move on. How hard is that to figure out?
Third Period -
Jordan Kyrou had a few chances to fire the puck on net tonight. He choose to pass on those for whatever reason. On one chance literally. Instead of getting the puck on net he passed it over to *checks notes* Kyle Clifford. Oof. All that aside, Kyrou finally shot a puck on net. That puck was saved but bounced right out to Jake Walman. Walman got the shot off as Fleury was flopping around like a fish. Needless to say Fleury didn’t stop the Walman shot. Walman netted his first NHL goal. Nice. Even nicer? 3-0 Blues.
Binnington was on his way to his first shutout of the year when Nicolas Roy decided to be a dick and break it up. Colton Parayko was hounded by former Blue Ryan Reaves. Reaves made it hard for Parayko to get the puck out of the zone. Instead the puck went behind the net to William Carrier. Carrier passed the puck to Roy who cut the deficit to two. Jerk.
The Blues hold on to win despite trying to shoot themselves in the foot late with another dumbest over the glass in the NHL penalty. Jordan Binnington stopped 50 of 51 shots on goal. At first it was 45 of 46, but his night was going so well that he stopped five shots after the game was over. Or something. Whatever. The Blues snapped the seven game winless streak.
Next up for the Blues? The Wild Friday Night.
The Full Recap Video Because There Wasn’t Single Highlights of The Binnington Save Show:
Tweets of The Game:
Is this swagger enough for you or...?
Happy for the guy. He played well and had his uncle with him on his stick tonight.
Jake Walman on first NHL goal: "I kind of blacked out a little bit but it was a great play by our forwards to get the puck deep in the zone and Kyrou made a good pass off the pad I guess and it came right to me and I was fortunate enough to put it in the net." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 8, 2021
I was really hoping the Mike Hoffman thing was gonna work out here...I feel like that ship has sailed. Does he get traded by Monday?
Berube on Hoffman's healthy scratch: "I made a decision to put Sammy Blais in and I made a decision to take Hoffman out. That's it." #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 8, 2021