St. Louis played their third game in four nights and the third of their four-game road trip when they traveled to Brooklyn to face the New York Islanders. The Islanders have been playing well and sit 10 games over .500 and had defeated the Blues 11 days earlier back in St. Louis.
- Blues: 20-20-4
- Islanders: 25-15-4
- Sanford – O’Reilly – Perron
- Schwartz – Schenn – Tarasenko
- Fabbri – Sundqvist – Maroon
- MacEachern – Barbashev – Kyrou
- Edmundson – Pietrangelo
- Bouwmeester – Parayko
- Dunn – Bortuzzo
St. Louis – Jordan Binnington: 3-0-0, 1.45 GAA, .941 Sv%
New York – Robin Lehner: 12-7-3, 2.21 GAA, .926 Sv%
- Valtteri Filppula
- Jordan Eberle
- David Perron
The Islanders got on the board at the 8:43 mark of the first period when Jordan Eberle pulled a puck away from the pads of Jordan Binnington and backhanded it into the top of the net. Binnington had stopped a shot from Anders Lee and was laying on his stomach when Lee poked at the puck and pushed the St. Louis goaltender off the puck and into the net.
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) January 16, 2019
The goal was challenged by the Blues for goaltender interference but the call on the ice stood. St. Louis is now 0 for 4 on the season on goaltender interference challenges.
The Blues looked a little lethargic after having played the night before in Washington. It took them a while to get going and they were outshot in the first period 11-5.
A scary moment for the Blues occurred when Oskar Sundqvist collided with the elbow of the referee near the New York net. Sundqvist left the ice and went to the locker room. He returned later in the 2nd period and it was good to see that he wasn’t hurt seriously.
St. Louis came out with a pep in their step in the middle period and dominated play outshooting New York 18-6. They had lots of good scoring chances including two power plays but couldn’t manage to get one past the 6’4″240-pound goaltender, Robin Lehner.
The final period was more evenly played but it was the Blues who capitalized on one scoring opportunity. David Perron extended his league-leading consecutive game point streak to 12 games with a goal at point-blank range 6 minutes and 7 seconds into the period.
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— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) January 16, 2019
Perron has exceeded his goal total from last season when he scored 16 goals in 70 games with the Vegas Golden Knights. His game-tying goal was his 17th of the season in just 44 games played.
Ryan O’Reilly got the primary assist, passing to Perron from behind the net. O’Reilly is closing in on some career milestones. He needs 4 assists to reach 300 for his career and barring injury, will play in his 700th career NHL game next week against Anaheim.
St. Louis won the faceoff to start the extra time as they did 64% of the time in this game. However, Vince Dunn turned the puck over in the defensive zone and New York went to work.
The Islanders maintained possession of the puck for a minute and a half and kept the Blues on the ice and unable to make a line change. New York made a switch for fresh legs as Filppula slipped onto the ice. Dunn made a decision to get off the ice and it created an opening for Filppula who put a wrist shot past Binnington for the game-winner.
St. Louis gets a point and has earned 5 out of 6 possible points thus far on this 4-game road trip.
Earning a point is positive, especially since this was the 2nd of a back-to-back game.
Two goalies playing well put the Blues in a good spot moving forward. Let’s cheer for them both and hope they continue to play well.
Perron is on fire! He and O’Reilly were the heroes tonight with the tying goal.
Next up…Boston Thursday night. Let’s go Blues!