Joel Edmundson made his season debut after recovering from a groin injury. Vince Dunn was the healthy scratch as Jakub Jerabek was slotted in for his Blues debut. Jay Bouwmeester began the game paired with Colton Parayko. Robert Bortuzzo and Jakub Jerabek manned the 3rd unit and Joel Edmundson was with Alex Pietrangelo in the first pairing. David Perron was moved up to the 2nd line to play with Jaden Schwartz and Brayden Schenn. Yeo needed to get David going as he has yet to contribute on the score sheet and holds a (-3) rating. The Blues had allowed 10 goals in their 2 first games while Calgary had allowed just 9 in their last 3. Mike Smith had just shutout the Predators in his last start.
Brayden Schenn was fed a pass up the middle of the ice from Jaden Schwartz for a good opportunity to kick off the game. Patrick Maroon then put some more pressure on, driving the net. St. Louis applied pressure until Ivan Barbashev was able to draw a penalty in the corner. The Blues went on to have the first power play of the game. Saint Louis put 4 shots on goal before receiving the man advantage and added just one shot on the power play. They looked solid, synchronized, and composed to start things off.
About five minutes into the game, Calgary was able to put their first shot on goal. Just 2 shots later, they were able to get on the board. James Neal picked up some loose change, all alone, in front of the net for an easy goal against Jake Allen who had no chance. Just 12 seconds later, the Blues answered back. Kyrou fed Alex Steen at the right Circle from the center of the offensive zone with a fantastic pass. Steen made no mistake shooting glove side with speed. That’s Jordan Kyrou’s first career NHL point.
10 minutes into the game shots were 7 to 4 in favor of St. Louis. Brayden Schenn was able to grab a puck with speed coming down the left wing as Jaden Schwartz put work in on the forecheck to break up a play. Brayden waited patiently with David Perron to his right who he eventually fed the puck for a beautiful bar down finish. That’s David’s first point and goal of the season.
Jay Bouwmeester was called for hooking at 11:52 and Calgary saw their first Power Play of the game. The only shot on goal that the Flames would register was a deflection and Jake had an answer for it. Very shortly after killing the penalty off, the Blues received a Power Play of their own as Sam Bennett got an elbow up in Pat Maroon’s face.
The Blues put 2 shots on goal during the man advantage. Shortly after Calgary came to full strength, Robert Thomas registered his first NHL point as he was able to set up Joel Edmundson in front of the net from near the right corner. Mike Smith was just plain beaten on this play.
Johnny Gaudreau was tripped up, and then Sean Monahan was hooked on a breakaway by Bortuzzo. He’d receive a penalty shot but hit the post. Calgary went on their 3rd Power Play but could not capitalize. Shots were 14 to 8 in favor of the Blues at the end of the first period. Blues up by a score 3-1.
Calgary started the period with about half a minute on the man advantage but wasn’t able to register a shot on goal. At 16:55, the Blues went on the power play as Alex Pietrangelo was tripped up. This power play, we saw David Perron score his second goal of the game, and it was 4-1. David was found wide open for an easy backhander. Mike Smith had the puck roll over his stick, and he was set up by Brayden Schenn, once again.
The Blues had 17 shots to Calgary’s 8 by 14:39 of the 2nd.
Robert Thomas looked a bit shaken up on the bench after taking a slap shot off of the knee. The Blues went back to the power play after Mark Giordano held Perron’s stick. There were, however, zero shots registered on goal on this Power Play. The Blues did have some good looks, but overall Calgary had a decent kill this time around.
Sean Monahan had a quality chance on Jake Allen who made a great save but was run right into. Jake got right up and was just fine. In fact, Jake was playing fantastic. Very calm, cool, and collected. At one point of the period, Allen lost his stick, and he came out to make sure he made a save with his body by challenging the shooter. Jerabek was called for hooking at 7:25. Calgary was 0-2 on the Power Play thus far with just 2 shots. The Blues would see a matching minor as Johnny Gaudreau was hurt on a play. Brayden Schenn slashed the hands of Gaudreau and Johnny was good to remain in the game. There may have been a bit of embellishment on this play.
5 on 3 play resulted in some puck control by the Calgary Flames, leading to a shot on goal by Neal from the right circle. Allen said no, and there was roughly a minute remaining in the 5 on 3. Johnny Gaudreau hit the post on a good chance, then Sean Monahan was robbed by Jake Allen on an attempt after some great passing by the Flames. Jerabek had himself a breakaway as he came out of the box, and there were 24 seconds left in the Power Play. Mike Smith said no. St. Louis killed off the rest of the penalty. Calgary had 3 shots.
At 3:12, David Perron put a puck in with his glove after some commotion in front of the net. They quickly called the goal off. The Blues were up on SOG 23 to 17 by this point. The Blues received a Power Play at 2:25 as Michael Frolik was called for interference. Blues were 1 for 4 on with the man advantage thus far. David Perron scores the hat trick. What a game by DP57. This one came from near the middle of the blue line, deflected off of an opponent and went five-hole on Smith. That’s Perron’s 4th career hat trick. With under 30 seconds left, we move onto the 3rd period with a score of 5-1.
The Flames chose to change goaltenders, going with David Rittich. The 3rd starts off with a good save by Jake to kick things off. By 17:52, shots on goal had balanced out to 24-21 in favor of St. Louis. Jake Allen played very well this game. It was nice to see all three defensive pairings clicking and on the same page.
The Blues went on the power play as Tarasenko was interfered with by Mark Giordano. Tarasenko then got a few looks, but nothing special as the Rittich was squared up and in position to make easy saves. Patrick Maroon was at the doorstep on one particular play that just didn’t pan out, but very well could have resulted in a goal.
Austin Czarnik fed Derek Ryan between the dots for a one-timer to bring St. Louis’ lead down to 3 goals with a score of 5-2 Blues. A puck was put in by the skate of Alex Pietrangelo to cut the Blues lead to 2. The Flames had tied the Blues in shots on goal with 9 minutes left in the 3rd at (28). Mikael Backlund was credited with the goal.
Calgary’s Elias Lindholm had a great chance, but yet another great, calm save by Jake Allen. The Blues really began to put pressure on, and David Rittich made some quality saves to give Calgary their best chance at a comeback. Calgary pulled their goaltender at 2:38 for the extra attacker. Jake Allen wasn’t rattled this game, he made key saves. It was great to see. He looked very confident.
- David Perron and Brayden Schenn showed some chemistry.
- So good to see a DP57 Hatty. Good stuff.
- Joel Edmundson’s presence makes a huge difference.
- The Blues dominated the 1st 40 minutes of the game.
- Jake Allen impressed me, a lot.
- The kids got on the board. 👍
- Let’s Go Blues.