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Another Disappointing Loss for the St. Louis Blues. Can they bounce back in Chicago?
St. Louis looked solid to begin the game. Early, Jaden Schwartz attempted a wrap-around. Everyone thought that the puck was in the net except for the officials. Play continued and they checked the video at the next whistle. The call on the ice stood. No goal. There was no conclusive evidence that the puck crossed the line.
Just over 4 minutes in, Kyle Brodziak sent the puck across the ice to Bortuzzo. Robert scored on Jean-Francois Berube‘s stick side from the top of the right circle. That’s Brodziak’s 4th assist in his last 4 games. Alexander Steen was in the front of the net screening the goaltender just a moment before Bortuzzo let the shot go.
The Blackhawks answered back. Andreas Martinsen beat Jake Allen between the pads for his 1st goal as a Blackhawk. This was a result of a bad clearing attempt by Colton Parayko. Artem Anisimov and Dylan Sikura registered assists on the play. Yes, It would have been nice if Colton cleared that puck. Regardless, Allen should have had that one, for sure.
Late in the period, Connor Murphy got a stick up on Alexander Steen and St. Louis went on the power play for the remaining 1:34. The Blues were once again unable to capitalize on the power play to close off the frame. St. Louis carried 26 seconds of their man-advantage over to the beginning of the second.
St. Louis wasn’t able to capitalize in the first 26 seconds of the period (on the power play), but shortly after, when the Blackhawks were at full strength, Brayden Schenn scored his 27th goal of the season. Vince Dunn put the puck on net from the blue line. Schenn was there for a quick reaction on the rebound. That’s Dunn’s 19th helper of the season. Vladimir Tarasenko also registered his 33rd assist on the play.
Blues then received more help from their sniper. Tarasenko scored five-hole on a breakaway after receiving a pass over two blue lines from Schenn. That’s 40 assists on the season for Brayden. The Blues were up 3-1 and things were looking good, but then midway through the second period, the Blues gave up a shorthanded goal. Blake Hillman scored the 1st of his NHL career. This should have been saved.
Alex Debrincat knotted the game up at 3 a piece with an individual effort. Alex brought the puck into the zone with speed and was challenged by Joel Edmundson. Debrincat kept his feet moving and made a quick decision to shoot. He beat Allen under the stick arm, from the right circle. Jake didn’t play well enough. That’s Alex Debrincat’s 3rd goal in his last 4 games.
The Blues would find themselves on the penalty kill with exactly 2:00 left to play. St. Louis nearly made it to overtime to collect a point. Duncan Keith, with just 8.5 seconds remaining in regulation, beat Jake Allen on the far side, one-timing a cross-ice pass from Alex Debrincat to break the tie. That’s all she wrote. Debrincat with a 2 point game (1 goal, 1 assist).
- SOG: St. Louis – 34 | Chicago – 26
- FO%: St. Louis – 67% | Chicago – 33%
- PP: St. Louis – 0/2 | Chicago – 1/2
- PIM: St. Louis – 4 | Chicago – 4
- HITS: St. Louis – 23 | Chicago – 9
- BLKS: St. Louis – 16 | Chicago – 21
- GVA: St. Louis – 4 | Chicago – 3
Brayden Schenn had a 2 point game (1 goal, 1 assist). #10 has 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his last 5 games. Vladimir Tarasenko also had a 2 point game (1 goal, 1 assist) and now has 8 points (6 goals, 2 assists) in his last 7 games. As I mentioned earlier, Kyle Brodziak has really been stepping it up. Another key contributor is Patrik Berglund who just looks like a different player this time of year. He looks so much more confident. He’s involved and engaged.
Colton Parayko was a -3 in this game. Parayko has 1 point in his last 7 games and he’s -6 over the last 3 contests. Dmitri Jaskin, Vladimir Sobotka, and Tage Thompson were all -2 last night. Sobotka and Thompson both have just 1 assist a piece in their last 5 games. Jaskin has one point (a goal) in his last 10 games (zero points in his last 6). Jake Allen definitely had himself a bad game posting a .846 save percentage. Regardless, according to this tweet by Jeremy Rutherford, Mike Yeo has plans to start Jake Allen again on Friday. We’ll see what happens.
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