This was the Blues 3rd and last contest of a 3 game road trip through Western Canada. Tuesday, St. Louis was able to defeat the Edmonton Oilers (4-1) in a spirited effort, but then Thursday came around. St. Louis suffered a very ugly (5-1) loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
The Blues hoped to bring home 4 of 6 possible road points by extinguishing the Calgary Flames this afternoon. Last Sunday (just before this road trip began), Calgary embarrassed St. Louis at home, defeating them (7-2).
Flashback: Early in the season (October 11th), the Blues defeated the Flames (5-3) when David Perron scored a Hat Trick. Today’s game was the last time these two clubs would face off for the remainder of the season.
- Blues: (13-16-4) Away: (5-7-2)
- Flames: (22-11-3) Home: (11-3-3)
- Schwartz, Schenn, Tarasenko
- Steen, O’Reilly, Perron
- Maroon, Bozak, Thomas
- Nolan, Barbashev, Sundqvist
- Edmundson, Parayko
- Bouwmeester, Bortuzzo
- Dunn, Butler
- St. Louis – Jake Allen: (11-10-4, 3.17 GAA, .898 SP)
- Calgary – Mike Smith: (11-7-1, 2.99 GAA, .888 SP)
- David Perron (1 goal, 1 assist)
- Jake Allen (Saved 28 of 29)
- Johnny Geaudreau
There was a slow start to this one for both clubs until David Perron capitalized on a sharp angle shot after catching a pop fly (literally). Jay Bouwmeester‘s attempt to send the puck around the boards was deflected up into the air. Perron fielded the puck, tossed it onto the ice and quickly settled to take a wrister. He couldn’t believe this one got past Mike Smith.
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) December 22, 2018
Patrick Maroon passed the puck out to David Perron from behind the net. He then skated into his office, received a pass back from David Perron. Maroon went for it, and the rebound was there for Tyler Bozak who scored his 4th goal of the season. That’s Pat’s 7th assist. 2 points in the 1st for DP57. Great work by Pat, and a good easy finish for Bozie.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) December 22, 2018
The Blues were up in Shots on Goal, 10 to 3 with 5:40 remaining in the frame.
Patrick Maroon was called for “holding”. This was a bad call. His stick was basically being held from him as he could possibly win a battle along the boards. He wasn’t going to let go of his stick as he is trying to enter the offensive zone. His arm was around the guy, but it looked to me that he was just trying to free his stick.
Calgary then went on the Power Play and quickly scored. St. Louisan, Matthew Tkachuk was wide open at the top of Jake Allen’s crease. Elias Lindholm had Allen sold that he was shooting, then sent it over on a platter.
David Perron had played a really solid period. However, late in the 1st David would whiff on a shot, show some frustration and track down his man for a tripping penalty. Honestly, his stick shouldn’t have been anywhere near the skates whether this was a dive or not.
Calgary went onto their second Power Play. The period would end and time carried over into the 2nd.
The Blues had outshot the Flames 12 to 9, and outhit them 8 to 4 in the 1st period.
The Blues started shorthanded and were able to kill the rest of the Perron penalty.
At one point, I was impressed with Jay Bouwmeester who made a good defensive decision in laying his body down to eliminate a low shot and the passing lane near the left of Allen’s crease. I felt it was a key play in the 2nd period.
Jake Allen made a big save on Johnny Gaudreau who was in behind the Blues defense. Jake then made a great save on Rasmus Andersson. Allen made a lot of key saves in the 2nd period to keep his Blues up by 1.
The Flames were playing much better throughout the 2nd than in the 1st period. In fact, they were getting all of the offensive opportunities for the most part. The Blues had zero shots on goal for the first 10 minutes and some seconds of this game. Calgary was pressuring.
St. Louis simply wasn’t making anything happen.
Colton Parayko then threw Matthew Tkachuk down in front of Allen’s net, and that’s just something every Blues fan wants to see more often. But, don’t hurt the little guy. We like him (Matthew).
The Flames came close to tying this game a few times in the 2nd, but Jake Allen was the difference. Plain and simple.
The Blues were unsuccessful on that particular power play. The period would end with just 5 Shots on Goal for St. Louis. The Flames registered 13 Shots on Goal. St. Louis had 9 hits to Calgary’s 4.
It was time to cross our fingers and hope St. Louis would come back out firing on all cylinders.
About a minute in, a Colton Parayko slapshot hit David Perron in the back of the leg. Perron looked shook up, but he returned to the ice the next shift and was fine.
Thanks to the 4th line, the Blues took a 3-1 lead when Oskar Sundqvist scored on his own rebound (Assisted by Ivan Barbashev and Vince Dunn).
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) December 22, 2018
Another breakaway chance for Johnny Gaudreau and Jake Allen has his boys’ backs again.
We then saw a slashing call to Robert Bortuzzo (5 minutes into the 3rd) which was killed off successfully.
The Blues, however, still looked a step behind the play in my opinion, regardless of the Sundqvist goal.
With about 9 minutes left, it seemed maybe the Blues could start picking up. The 4th line does their job well.
Tyler Bozak had a pass just off the mark intended for Robert Thomas. It would have been a treat to see that play turn out.
Jake, again with a glove save on a snapper by Gaudreau.
Calgary went on to pull their goaltender for the extra man, but would not capitalize.
Shots on Goal were 7-6 in favor of Calgary.
Final: 3-1. Blues win.
David Perron must enjoy playing Calgary.
Oskar Sundqvist, you’re an animal. One that can not be tamed. Keep going.
Jake Allen played a great game. Definitely the difference maker. The snake saved 28 of 29.
Take it for what it is, a W. Now, let’s go get 2 more eh???
Thanks for reading, Blues fans.