Blues looked to finish up a five-game homestand on a high note. They had just beat the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals on Thursday night. Could they carry their momentum onto the next one? Would it be sooner or later that we could all say, “Finally, 3 wins in a row”? Unfortunately, it’d be later as the Blues lose a weird one.
- Blues: (16-18-4) Home: (10-11-2)
- Team: (22-13-4) Away: (12-8-1)
- Steen, O’Reilly, Perron
- Schwartz, Schenn, Thomas
- Sanford, Bozak, Tarasenko
- Fabbri, Barbashev, Sundqvist
- Gunnarsson, Pietrangelo
- Bouwmeester, Parayko
- Dunn, Bortuzzo
STL – Jake Allen: (14-12-4, 3.03 GAA, .901 SP)
NYI – Robin Lehner: (10-6-3, 2.13 GAA, .929 SP)
Goals Scored: Brayden Schenn, Zach Sanford, Matt Martin, Jordan Eberle, Johnny Boychuk, Anders Lee, Ryan O’Reilly
4 minutes and 11 seconds into the game, Brayden Schenn capitalized to start things off. Jay Bouwmeester received the puck from Robert Thomas at the point, let one go for Jaden Schwartz to attempt a deflection. Brayden Schenn is there to cash in. Blues up 1-0.
Schenn picks up the loose change on a rebound as the Blues pull ahead early.
— FOX Sports Midwest (@FSMidwest) January 6, 2019
Shortly after, Joshua Ho-Sang went to the box for hooking Vince Dunn. The Blues were only able to put one shot on goal for this man advantage.
Vince Dunn threw a puck on net from near the left point. Zach Sanford made something of it, tipping one past Robin Lehner to make it 2-0 Blues. Good for Zach, coming back and making an impact.
With 43 seconds left in the frame, Robby Fabbri was called for hooking Dol Colle. 1:17 would carry over into the second.
Shots on Goal were 10-6 in favor of the Blues. St. Louis, at this point, had won 60% of the draws. The Blues blocked 7 shots in the first period. New York Islanders were leading in hits 9-6.
The Blues were playing solid defense, and the defensemen were very much involved in the goal production as well. An opportunistic Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford are the difference in this period tilted toward the St. Louis Blues.
The Blues began the 2nd period shorthanded for 1 minute and 17 seconds. They were able to kill it, and Oskar Sundqvist saw himself a quality shorthanded opportunity, but a sprawling Robin Lehner didn’t give Sunny much.
Matt Martin scored through the legs of Jake Allen to make it 2-1 St. Louis. Martin was waiting right in front of Allen’s net and received a well-placed pass from Casey Cizikas who was behind the net.
— Eyes on Isles (@eyesonislesFS) January 6, 2019
Halfway through the period, Robby Fabbri went to the box again, this time for hooking Matt Martin. The Blues had an effective penalty kill. Immediately after killing the penalty St. Louis went on the rush. Fabbri looked to set up Schwartz in the slot who was hooked by Ryan Pulock.
The Blues went on their second Power Play of the game. They’d put 2 shots on goal but would not capitalize.
St. Louis held the Islanders to 2 shots on goal for the 2nd period. The Blues were losing draws in this frame though. At this point, the Islanders were winning 59% of the faceoffs.
The Blues were able to block 6 more shots in the 2nd bring their total to 13. New York had blocked just 7 shots in the first 40 minutes.
Hits were 17-10 in favor of the Islanders. Shots on Goal thus far were 18-8 in favor of the Blues.
Just under 4 minutes in, Alex Pietrangelo took a high stick to the face from Anders Lee who would serve 2 minutes. St. Louis went on their 3rd Power Play of the night, but again would not capitalize. The Blues put 2 shots on goal.
Jordan Eberle tied the game with 11:33 remaining.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 6, 2019
Then, Johnny Boychuk took the lead 11 seconds later.
A Johnny “Rocket!” 🚀
— IslesBlog (@IslesBlog) January 6, 2019
Scott Mayfield went to the box for tripping Robert Thomas. Vladimir Tarasenko then scored with his skate on a feed from Ryan O’Reilly. This was called off immediately. The goal went to review and the call stood. St. Louis again did not capitalize on their 4th Power Play.
Anders Lee then put a dagger in the heart.
— Eyes on Isles (@eyesonislesFS) January 6, 2019
Ryan O’Reilly was able to score as Blues had pulled Jake Allen for the extra attacker. Alex Pietrangelo was then tripped up by Robin Lehner on a solid attempt. St. Louis went on their 5th Power Play.
6 on 4 to close it out for 19 seconds… and it’s a wrap.
Our Blues held the Islanders to 14 shots on goal.
The Blues have to be better on the Power Play. St. Louis showed up for this game. They were opportunistic in the 1st period, but when it came time to strike on the Power Play, they just couldn’t get it done all game long. The Blues should have scored more than 3 goals in this game.
Also, Jake Allen obviously has to be better but as I said, this was a weird one. The Blues played really sound defensively for most of the game. Jake saw just 6 shots in the 1st period, and only 3 shots in the 2nd so it’s possible he just never found a rhythm at all. That 3rd period was a nightmare.
Overall, I like the way the Blues played (5 on 5) for the most part. I think that on most nights when you play like this, you’re going to come out on top if you can just capitalize when your opponent takes a penalty. You’ve got to make them pay on the man advantage.
Well, It’s not every night you’re going to lose a lead in 11 seconds.
Next game is Monday against the Flyers in Philly, and it’s a back to back. Dallas Stars back at Enterprise on Tuesday so there’s a good chance we’ll see Jordan Binnington get a start soon.