(Photo Credit: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press)
Things didn’t exactly click early in this one. 5 and 1/2 minutes pass and finally, Oskar Sundqvist put a puck near the Jets crease. Sunny made a simple play from behind the net, and the puck was frozen by Brossoit. This wasn’t a prime scoring chance. This wasn’t a shot on goal, but this is all the Blues had to offer in the opening handful of minutes.
Oskar, however, made this happen with an individual effort on the forecheck when he stole the puck behind the Jets net. The Blues needed to begin clicking. Sidenote: Patrick Maroon said after this game, that the 4th line does a lot of things right, and he’s right. Oskar and Ivan Barbashev are consistent workers.
Sammy Blais with a great backchecking effort nearly 9 minutes gone in the 1st. He had a solid follow up, too. Blais skated the puck in and gave the puck over to Ivan Barbashev. Ivan set up Oskar Sundqvist in front of the net and Brossoit made a solid save with his left pad.
12 or so into the frame, Jay Bouwmeester dumped the puck off the left boards and Brossoit went behind his net to get it, but it bounced off his stick and ended up to the left of the net, on the goal line.
Robert Thomas was there, with an open net but not enough time and space to create a chance as Brossoit was storming back and a Jets defender was near. Thomas sent the puck through the crease with his backhand.
About a minute later, Vladimir Tarasenko saw an opportunity, receiving a pass from Zach Sanford who stick lifted and stole the puck in the offensive zone. However, Vladimir took his time and picked his spot. Brossoit was able to square up and make the save with his left shoulder.
with 7:51 remaining, Patrick Maroon went to the box for holding when he tied up Chiarot. Winnipeg proceeded to put 3 shots on goal on their Power Play that would end due to a slash by Jet, Little on Tyler Bozak. This made it 4 on 4 for 49 seconds. David Perron opened up the scoring just 20 seconds later.
Wheeler whiffed on a pass and coughed the puck up over to David Perron who skated in with speed behind the defense, being followed closely by Wheeler. David took the shot from above the right circle, and it should have been saved. Perron last scored 14 games ago, and he looked to be very surprised this one that this one went in. All smiles for DP57.
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) November 25, 2018
With 4:15 left in this period, Winnipeg evens the score when Blake Wheeler skated the puck in, attempted to make a play to Ehlers in front of the net, released the puck to do so, and unfortunately it bounced off of Jay Bouwmeester’s leg, over Chad Johnson, and into the net. Can this guy catch a break?
Jay Bouwmeester leads the NHL in goals scored for the other team. #STLBlues
— Dan Buffa (@buffa82) November 25, 2018
The first Patrik Laine goal resulted 2 seconds after this still frame shot.
As you can see, Joel Edmundson is taking out Colton Parayko’s man because the puck was dumped behind Colton into the corner. Parayko is taking a skate behind the net to switch to Joel’s position, and honestly… He doesn’t move his feet. Regardless, the puck gets sent along the boards behind the net to the open winger. Parayko has no chance of defending on this play.
By the time Colton is hitting his new man, Patrik Laine has already scored on a wide open net. Take a look at Chad Johnson. He is still on his left post. This play happened incredibly fast, and it was simply a result of some on the fly decision making by the Blues defense. It happens, and the Winnipeg Jets were then up by a goal. Craig Berube made it clear there were miscommunications out there in his post-game interview. You just wish those miscommunications wouldn’t continue to happen, right?
Well, a minute and 20 seconds later, Vladimir Tarasenko gave St. Louis Blues fans hope when he finally got on the board after a 10 game goal drought.
— bluesrants.com (@bluesrantscom) November 25, 2018
This goal was a combination of effort by two players. Zach Sanford obviously didn’t get an assist on the goal for his big hit behind the net, but it was a big reason that this goal was possible. Vladimir, however, followed through with a solid individual effort.
The game was tied. Shots were 14-7 in favor of Jets. Hits were 19 – 5 in favor of Blues. St. Louis was winning 52% of the draws, and blocked shots were 4-2 in favor of Winnipeg.
Tarasenko took a roughing penalty when he threw his hand up in the face of a Jet. Winnipeg went on the Power Play. We saw a great shorthanded opportunity when the Blues had Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak, and Alex Pietrangelo in on Dustin Byfuglien. Tyler Bozak took a pass from O’Reilly on his backhand, switched to his forehand and went for the five-hole, but Brossoit said no thanks.
Then, about 2 and 1/2 minutes in, Ivan Barbashev rang the post. Oskar Sundqvist sent the puck into the middle of the of the offensive zone where Ivan was ready and alone. He had Brossoit beat but the shot was just a little wide. Tough break.
Moments later, we witnessed Patrick Laine’s 2nd goal of the night.
Darren Pang made a great observation and brought it to our attention during the replay that Brayden Schenn’s stick was lifted at the perfect time for that pass to get through to Laine. I personally wasn’t happy with Joel Edmundson’s hesitation to eliminate the passing lane. Wheeler and Byfuglien had assists on the goal.
Halfway through the period, Brandon Tanev then scored on the Blues following up on his own rebound to make it 4-2 Jets. Chad Johnson, after making the first save, seemed to have lost his balance and slid out of position to his right, leaving the net completely open for Tanev. No one touched Chad.
Vince Dunn also hit himself a post with 7:34 left. Another shot that completely beat the goaltender. Dunn was in a prime scoring space, between the top of the two circles, and he let a wrister go after receiving a great pass from David Perron from near the corner.
Joel Edmundson did not like it when Tyler Meyers put a hit on Robby Fabbri. Eddie showed up for his good buddy and dropped the gloves with Meyers. Both received matching majors.
Fabbri then had an awesome reverse hit that I very much enjoyed seeing.
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) November 25, 2018
The Blues suddenly followed with some more aggressive play, proving there is another gear there. They became energized, but it didn’t last.
Guess what? Hatrik Laine.
7:07 of the 2nd, Jets in on a lone Colton Parayko. Connor and Little set up Laine for an easy tap-in past Chad Johnson.
…And then this happened…
After stealing the puck from Laine behind the Blues net, Sundqvist’s attempt to pass or clear the zone bounced off of a Jet skate and ended up with Patrik Laine, again… in front of the net, with his lethal shot. He scored his 4th goal of the game to give the bad guys a 6-2 lead.
Craig Berube sent in Jake Allen to relieve Chad Johnson who saved 19 of 25 shots. Jake made 2 saves in the second period. Draws were then 53%-47% in favor of Winnipeg. The Blues were leading in hits 27-8, and the Jets held the Blues to 6 shots in this period.
This dude did it again… I’m not even saying his name this time.
There he is, all alone. There’s that miscommunication.
Ryan O’Reilly scored, and he didn’t celebrate. Pat Maroon then scored his first goal as a Blue. He didn’t celebrate. Why would they? These guys are heated, and not just about this particular game that got away. That’s obvious. There is deep frustration. There is an inability to carry confidence on for more than a game or 2 at a time.
I enjoyed Pat’s goal, but only because he deserves more of them.
Honestly, I’m not a journalist or a reporter. I’m just a fan, and truthfully, by now… I’m ready to forget about this one, publish this and move on to the next one. I’m sure you all feel the same way. Heck, I’d be willing to bet most people just scrolled right past this article considering the results of this game.
“It’s just one game” is only a valid excuse if this one game is learned from and it truly brings out change in the club moving forward. We can only wait and see how things will transpire.
Thanks for reading, Blues fans. This one was tough to swallow.