Blues Win 4-1 in Washington

The Blues visited the Washington Capitals on Monday night looking to win 3 consecutive games in a row for the first time this season. St. Louis simply outplayed Washington. Vladimir Tarasenko scored again, and David Perron was able to extend his point streak.

Team Records

  • Blues: (19-20-4)
  • Capitals: (27-12-5)

Forward Lines

  1. Sanford, O’Reilly, Perron
  2. Schwartz, Schenn, Tarasenko
  3. Maroon, Sundqvist, Kyrou
  4. Nolan, Barbashev, Blais

Defensive Pairings

  1. Edmundson, Pietrangelo
  2. Bouwmeester, Parayko
  3. Dunn, Bortuzzo

Starting Goaltenders

STL – Jake Allen: (14-14-4, 3.07 GAA, .896 SP)

WAS – Pheonix Copley: (10-2-3, 2.56 GAA, .916 SP)

Goals Scored: Alexander Ovechkin, Ivan Barbashev, Vince Dunn, David Perron, Vladimir Tarasenko

Game Summary

1st Period

The Blues were off to a good start putting the first 4 shots on goal throughout the first 5 and a half minutes of the period. Then at 6: 14, Vince Dunn was penalized for boarding Brett Connolly and the Capitals went on their first Power Play.

Alex Ovechkin was able to score on a one-timer set up from Dmitry Orlov. Travis Boyd also received an assist on the play.

St. Louis was able to hold Washingon to 7 shots on goal in the 1st period. The Blues registered 15 of their own. Both teams showed a willingness to block shots. Those were 8-7 in favor of the Capitals. Hits were tied at 7.

The Blues controlled the majority of the period.

Pheonix Copley was playing calmly and in good positioning.

Both teams had missed the net on prime opportunities.

2nd Period

Ivan Barbashev was able to capitalize from behind the net. I personally couldn’t believe this went in.

Then the Blues took the lead when Vince Dunn’s shot deflected off of Dmitry Orlov’s stick and past Phoenix Copley.

Ryan O’Reilly went to the box for tripping Michal Kempny at 5:22. The Capitals would see their 2nd Power Play but would not capitalize.

David Perron then scored a beautiful goal to extend his career-best point streak and put the Blues up 3-1. This one was assisted by Vince Dunn, and Ryan O’Reilly.

Jake Allen seemed comfortable saving 13 this period. The Blues played very solid and were opportunistic 5 on 5.

In the 2nd period, the Blues were able to put 14 shots on goal to Washington’s 13. Shots on goal thus far were 28-20 in favor of St. Louis. The Blues had won 59% of the faceoffs. Both teams had blocked 10 shots and hits were 19-16 in favor of the Capitals.

3rd Period

We saw Tom Wilson put a pretty hard hit on Alex Pietrangelo early.

Matt Niskanen then went to the box for hooking Oskar Sundqvist which gave the Blues their 1st Power Play. The Blues looked pretty good until Tarasenko lost control of the puck and was called for holding Devante Smith-Pelly.

Play went 4 on 4 and Colton Parayko make a couple key saves…

Washington then saw remaining Power Play time but the Blues were successful in the penalty kill.

Midway through the period, Alexander Ovechkin was given a delay of game penalty as he lifted the puck into the netting. The Blues went on their 2nd Power Play. Vladimir Tarasenko then capitalized after some hard work by Ryan O’Reilly. The Blues were up 4-1.

Shots were 37-29 in favor of St. Louis.

Jake Allen saves 28.

St. Louis will play 7 of their next 8 on the road.

Next, the New York Islanders.


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