Blues Suffer Ugly Loss to Columbus

(Photo Credit: Billy Hurst / Associated Press)

BLUES GOAL SCORERS

  • Vladimir Tarasenko
  • Jaden Schwartz
  • Alex Steen
  • Zach Sanford

Columbus had lost 3 of their last 4. The Blues came into this one with a record of 2-3-3.


FIRST PERIOD

At 3:32, there was a scrum near the Blues net that resulted in a power play for St. Louis.

Vladi hadn’t scored in 6 games.


At 4:26, Vladimir Tarasenko was able to bank a shot off of Joonas Korpisalo from behind the goal line.

7:58, Jaden Schwartz was called for tripping and Columbus went on their first power play of the game.

Nick Foligno then received an interference call after slashing Joel Edmundson’s stick out of his hands to make it 4 on 4.

The Blues would see 51 seconds of power play time as Schwartz came out of the box. St. Louis, however, did not register a shot on goal during the man advantage.

12:40, Jaden Schwartz was fed a pass to the slot from Brayden Schenn to his left. Schwartz made no mistake shooting high glove side to make it 2-0 Blues.

David Perron went to the box at 5:12 for interference against Piere Luc Dubois. Boone Jenner capitalized at 3:13, assisted by Ryan Murray and Zach Werenski. It didn’t look to me that Jake Allen could have possibly seen this puck and he was unfortunately screened.

The Blues were then given a penalty for having too many men on the ice and they killed it off.


SECOND PERIOD

2:04, Anthony Duclair found loose change as a puck bounced off of a skate in the crease to make tie the game at 2. This was a fortunate bounce for the Blue Jackets.

Just moments later (3:29), Boone Jenner scored his second goal of the game to put the Jackets up 3-2.

Columbus came close to increasing their lead when Bjorkstrand was found in front of the net near the crease for a close one-timer. Jake Allen said no with his glove. The play went to review but was called no goal. Big save by Jake.

At 8:58, David Savard put a wrister past Jake Allen, who did not see the puck at all due to a screen in front (Vince Dunn). 4-2 Columbus.

The Blues brought in Chad Johnson to take over.

Alexander Steen was able to make it 4-3 at 11:30 to give the fans some hope. Edmundson registered an assist on the play.

Alex Pietrangelo was very close to tying the game but Korpisalo came up big on a deflection in front of the net.

15:58, Pierre-Luc Dubois went for holding Tarasenko. Blues went on the Power Play and registered only 1 shot.

Korpisalo was a difference maker in this second period.


THIRD PERIOD

Columbus opened up the third by scoring a goal, quickly (00:38).

Panarin fed Josh Anderson who was in behind the defense. Anderson easily beat Chad Johnson with his backhand to give the Jackets a 2 goal advantage.

Pietrangelo was called for hooking at 2:29, and we saw an immediate power play goal by Anthony Duclair make it 6-3. I believe Chad Johnson should have had this one but there was some room on the near side.

Seth Jones found himself behind the defense as well as he was able to capitalize to put the Jackets up by 4 goals, and at this point, the building was devastated.

Zach Sanford, however, was able to grab a rebound and backhand it over Korpisalo to decrease the Jackets lead to 3 with 7:24 remaining.

That’s all she wrote. 7-4 final.


MY THOUGHTS

Overall, just an ugly game. The first period was great, but we really fell apart defensively from then on. I felt that although Korpisalo allowed 4 goals, he played a solid game. We were simply outplayed. It wasn’t Allen’s fault. It seems to me that there’s a lot of on the fly decision making going on out there on the back end, and it’s resulting in goals against.

To me, Jake Allen didn’t deserve to be pulled, of course, but the team needed a message sent to them. Chad Johnson came in and that message had never made it to the players as the third may have been uglier than the 2nd.

Offensively, we saw some good things throughout the game. David Perron & Ryan O’Reilly are working well together. Both had many chances and looked great all night in my opinion. Alex Steen is playing well. Jaden Schwartz broke the ice with his first goal. Zach Sanford may be sticking around for a while. I like him. Good to see Vladimir get on the board tonight as well.

There’s obvious frustration. I detach myself emotionally (as much as possible). I’m not going to point fingers, but the fans are pretty much outraged over this weak start to the season. Many are calling for change behind the bench after this one. It should be very interesting to see what happens moving forward. The Blues really need to pull it together if they want the staff to remain together.

If the Blues continue to struggle, things should surely get shaken up. I’d personally like to see this team pull it together.

For Yeo’s sake. At the same time, I don’t know exactly how strong of a message this team needs?

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