Blues Battle to Defeat Blackhawks 7-3

Let’s be realistic. This one was a must win. St. Louis came into this one 2-4-3 while the Blackhawks were 6-2-2. St. Louis, unfortunately, has lost to Chicago the first two meetings in OT. Both games displayed lackluster 3rd periods defensively. Corey Crawford gets the start in net for Chicago. Jake Allen between the pipes for the Blues.


Blues Goal Scorers

  • Ryan O’Reilly
  • Zach Sanford
  • Vladimir Tarasenko (2)
  • Tyler Bozak
  • Alex Pietrangelo
  • Alex Steen

FIRST PERIOD

Just 18 seconds in, Ryan O’Reilly scored on a tip from Zach Sanford. Colton Parayko had an assist on the play. Some great passing was on display.

Patrick Kane scored at 3:47 to tie the game. Jake Allen was pretty deep in his net and he’d like to have this one back. Artem Anisimov and Brandon Saad registered assists.

Zach Sanford was fed a short pass in front of the net by David Perron at 5:28. Zach capitalized for his 2nd point of the game. Ryan O’Reilly also had a helper and 2 points thus far as well.

St. Louis received their first Power Play at 9:07 after Brent Seabrook gloved a puck down. The Blues had 3 shots on the Power Play and had some great chances.

Nick Schmaltz saw Chicago’s second big chance but missed the net. The last game I covered against Chicago, he missed the net on some prime opportunities as well. (Regardless, Blackhawks won that game.)

At 18:50, Pietrangelo failed to clear the zone and it resulted in a goal by Artem Anisimov to tie the game at 2. Patrick Kane had the lone helper and it was a quick strike. The puck made its way through the arm and body of Allen.

The Blues looked very solid. It was a pleasant surprise to have such a quick start, and then not get rattled by the first goal against. The late goal to tie the game was quite unfortunate after having played so well for the first 20.

SHOTS: 17-10 in favor of St. Louis.


THOUGHTS: Zach Sanford and Ryan O’Reilly were tearing it up out there, and their line-mate, David Perron was no slouch either. There’s so much potential with these three, and Zach is a sponge. It’s a good combination.

Jake could have played a little better in the 1st, but I’m not mad. He’s been good.

Alex Pietrangelo at this point was struggling in my eyes.


SECOND PERIOD

We saw a Blues Power Play at 1:06 as Erik Gustafson was called for hooking. Vladimir Tarasenko was able to get his fourth of the season putting the Blues back up by one. That’s Vladimir’s 3rd Power Play goal of the season. Assisted by Ryan O’Reilly who registered his 14th point on the season. Fantastic screen by Patrick Maroon that made it all possible.


Robert Thomas saw a great opportunity as he had a 2 on 1 with Alexander Steen who set him up wonderfully. Thomas, however, fired high.

Jan Rutta was called for tripping at 2:50 to give the Blues another Power Play and were only able to put 1 shot on goal. St. Louis was moving the puck well on the man-advantage.

Tyler Bozak was found all alone in the slot and scored at 5:14 to tally his 2nd goal as a Blue to increase the lead to 2. Oskar Sundqvist got the primary helper. Zach Sanford registered his second assist of the game on this particular play.

Schwartz was given a minor for tripping Alexandre Fortin at 12:27. Chicago was only able to get one shot on net, but Jake Allen made the save on Alex DeBrincat.

Patrick Kane scored at 16:59 to decrease the Blues lead to 1. Assisted by Anisimov and Jokiharju.

Shortly after, Allen made a huge save, but Zach Sanford’s unfortunate collision with Allen at the crease sent Allen to the locker room. Chad Johnson came in to finish the game.

SHOTS: 23-21

THOUGHTS:  The Blues only registered 6 shots on goal in this period while the Blackhawks were able to put up 11. The Vladimir Tarasenko goal that we saw with Maroon in front was nice. We need more of that. It was great work by Maroon to take Crawford’s vision away. That’s exactly what we need him to do.

 


THIRD PERIOD

2:52, Marcus Kruger was given a delay of game penalty. Colton Parayko was the only shot on goal and Corey Crawford answered with his blocker.

Pat Maroon saw a chance with his backhand shortly after 5 on 5 began but he was also denied. Later, we saw Alexander Steen set up by Colton Parayko. Crawford said no.

Vince Dunn made a fantastic defensive play on Artem Anisimov to break up a very flashy attempt on a curl and drag move.

Vladimir Tarasenko was able to put another one on the board at 15:40. The goal was assisted by Alex Pietrangelo and Jaden Schwartz. At this point, I began to wonder if Joey Palazzola from RespectTheNote.com is a fortune teller?

The Blackhawks pulled Corey Crawford, and it was the Captain who would get the open-netter at 1:58 to make it 6-4 St. Louis. Nice try, Joey. He almost had it.

We saw Ivan Barbashev show some guts in trying to scrap with Brent Seabrook at 1:22, but the refs didn’t let them go.

The Blues received a power play as Seabrook had initially slashed Barbie. Alex Steen was then able to get his 4th of the season. Alex Pietrangelo and Brayden Schenn get the assists.

Chicago was outshot 14-3 in the 3rd period.

SHOTS: 37-24 in favor of St. Louis.

THOUGHTS: The Blues were able to win 57% of the draws tonight. Alexander Steen has now scored in his last 2 games. I was pleased to see Ivan Barbashev stick up for himself after being slashed by Seabrook. If anyone could have used that open-netter, it’s Pietrangelo, and he follows it up with an assist. Let’s trend upward, Captain. Still behind you. You’ve struggled, but I know what you’re capable of.


SUMMARY:

St. Louis played better, but there’s still room for improvement. The Blues played disciplined tonight though, and that is what made the big difference in my opinion.

I was happy to see Alex Pietrangelo tally 2 points in the third period after seeing him struggle to begin this season (and this game). The 3rd period was strong. It’s important that the Blues attack when they smell blood. We’ve seen ugly endings to the first two Chicago games that very well could have gone our way if the Blues were playing well defensively.

This Blues team has 19 goals in their last 4 games. Tonight, we saw Pietrangelo have some struggles and I hope that that third period can kick him out of his rut.

I personally hope Jake Allen is okay. He didn’t exactly have his strongest game, but we got the 2 points. I will say there were a few times Jake came up big though when it counted.

David Perron didn’t score a goal tonight, but he did have an assist, and he’s just playing strong all around. Very consistent. Ryan O’Reilly is a machine out there, and I am pretty psyched about Sanford and DP on his wings. Zach is making good decisions and it’s paying off. These are the best linemates he’s ever played with and he’s just impressing everyone.

Alex Steen continues to impress me, and I’m happy to see him get on the board again. He’s thriving in his reduced role. Vladimir Tarasenko is confident, and while Brayden Schenn and Jaden Schwartz haven’t exactly been themselves, they have not been bad. (They can be amazing as we’ve seen.)

That’s all for tonight folks. Let’s Go Blues.

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