In A Hard Fought Game, the Dallas Stars came out on top.
The Blues were able to hold the Dallas Stars to just 16 shots, but fall to the Stars 2-1. St. Louis registered 28 shots on goal. While the Blues had many good looks, goaltender, Ben Bishop had an answer for all but one of them. The Stars’ top line of Jamie Benn, Alexander Radulov, and Tyler Seguin was kept off the scoresheet. However, it was Mattias Janmark, and Steven Johns who capitalized for Dallas.
The Blues played a good first period, holding the Stars to just 3 shots on goal and registering 8 of their own. Everything was there but the finish. Bishop was really good in that first period. If the Blues were able to get on the board in the first 20 minutes; We have a completely different game. The Blues struggled, going 0-2 on the power-play.
Early in the second period, Janmark’s power-play goal was a shot that bounced off of Blues defenseman, Carl Gunnarsson‘s skate and deflected into the net. Netminder, Jake Allen didn’t have a chance on that one. St. Louis went on to see another power play in the third period in which they were not able to score on either. The Stars were up 1-0 going into the last 20 minutes of play.
Midway through the third period, a Steven Johns slapshot beat Jake Allen. Judging from the video, it looks like Alex Pietrangelo was, unfortunately, screening Allen on the play. The Stars found themselves up by 2, and the Blues were eventually forced to pull Allen for an extra attacker while on the power-play.
On this 6-4 advantage, Jaden Schwartz sent a great pass to Brayden Schenn who finished with just 1:14 remaining. St. Louis scrambled for opportunities to tie the game, but pucks just weren’t going in for the Blues. They had their opportunities, and the Blues did show up, but last night wasn’t their night.
Jake Allen was looking to win his 20th of the season tonight, but the Blues fall short. You have to score more than a goal to win games in this league. Jake’s record is now 19-17-0. I feel that Jake Allen played a strong game. He certainly didn’t steal the game for the Blues, but he played well. Alexander Steen came into this game with 10 goals and 10 assists in his last 22 games but was unable to add to his hot streak, but he looked good also.
It’s really disappointing to see your team not show up, but that’s not what happened tonight in my opinion. It’s even more disappointing to see your team execute plays properly and not get rewarded. It’s frustrating when a goaltender steals a game for the other guys. That’s exactly what Ben Bishop did tonight. He stopped 27 of 28 and nearly had the shutout. If it weren’t for the 6 on 4 advantage, we’re talking about a 2-0 loss. St. Louis native, Ben Bishop is your difference maker.