Blues Strike Lightning 1-0, Schenn With OT Winner

(Photo: The Canadien Press)

The St. Louis Blues visited the Amalie Arena to face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. The Blues brought a 3 game winning streak into this one while the Lightning were coming off of a loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

In Tampa Bay’s last 10 games, they’d gone 6-3-1. St. Louis had posted a 7-2-1 record in their last 10.

The Lightning held a league-leading 81 points in 53 games played and sat 1st in the Atlantic Division. The Blues sat 1 point out of a Wild Card spot behind Vancouver with 3 games in hand. St. Louis had been playing much better lately. The Blues were looking to extend their winning streak to 4 games which is something they haven’t managed to do yet this season.


Team Records

  • Blues: (24-22-5)
  • Lightning: (39-11-3)

Forward Lines

  1. Schenn, O’Reilly, Tarasenko
  2. Schwartz, Bozak, Steen
  3. Sanford, Sundqvist, Maroon
  4. MacEachern, Barbashev, Thomas

Defensive Pairings

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

Injuries: David Perron (upper-body), Carl Gunnarsson (upper-body)

Healthy Scratch: Robby Fabbri


Starting Goaltenders

St. Louis – Jordan Binnington: (7-1-1, 1.88 GAA, .921SP)

Tampa Bay – Andrei Vasilevskiy: (21-7-3, 2.44 GAA, .926SP)


Goals Scored: Brayden Schenn


Three Stars

  1. Andrei Vasilevskiy
  2. Jordan Binnington
  3. Brayden Schenn

Game Summary

1st Period

The Blues played a solid 1st period putting 15 shots on goal, but Andrei Vasilevskiy was very good in net for the Lightning. On the other end, Jordan Binnington was solid as well, saving 8 Lightning shots. Both teams wouldn’t score.

At 4:14, Alex Pietrangelo was called for holding Tyler Johnson‘s stick. To be honest, he wasn’t holding Johnson’s stick at all. Colton Parayko made a solid shot block on the kill. Binnington made a save on Steven Stamkos. That was the only shot that Tampa Bay would put on goal for the man advantage.

The Blues best chance was when the top line of Brayden Schenn, Ryan O’Reilly, and Vladimir Tarasenko were pressuring on an impressive shift. It nearly paid off, but Vasilevskiy made a key save to rob Brayden Schenn to keep the game scoreless.

The Lightning were outhitting the Blues 14 to 6 and faceoffs were an even 50%.

2nd Period

Scorelessness would continue throughout the 2nd period.

Ryan McDonagh went for hooking at 4:31. Jordan Binnington started the Power Play off with a solid save as Anthony Cirelli was able to get a breakaway. The Lightning were very aggressive on the penalty kill and prevented the Blues from getting a shot on goal.

Nikita Kucherov was able to hit the post after an offensive faceoff win by the Lightning.

Brayden Schenn took a high stick from Kucherov who went to the box for 2 minutes at 7:49. St. Louis went on their 2nd Power Play. They set up well but didn’t finish. Jordan Binnington made a key save on a shorthanded opportunity by Anthony Cirelli.

Braydon Coburn was then called for holding Ryan O’Reilly at 9:56. St. Louis saw their 3rd Power Play opportunity but would not capitalize. They were able to register 2 shots on the Power Play. The Lightning saw another shorthanded opportunity, but Ryan McDonagh shot wide of the net.

St. Louis put 17 shots on goal to Tampa Bay’s 11. Andrei Vasilevskiy was seeing everything and Jordan Binnington was still playing great.

3rd Period

Tampa Bay came close about 5 minutes in when Anton Stralman hit the post.

The goaltending show continued as the Lightning put 6 shots on goal and the Blues put on 5 in the first 9 and 1/2 minutes of the 3rd.

Pat Maroon was called for delay of game at 11:11. The lightning went on their 2nd Power Play of the game.

Zach Sanford and Ivan Barbashev almost put one in shorthanded but Kucherov got a stick on the last pass needed to capitalize on an open net.


The Lightning failed to register a shot on goal on the man advantage.

The period winded down and Overtime was needed.

The Lightning outshot St. Louis 11-6 in the 3rd.

Overtime

We saw a huge save by Jordan Binnington on Victor Hedman after Colton Parayko turned the puck over.

Matching minors were called on Vince Dunn for interference and Brayden Point for embellishment.

Brayden Schenn then scored to win it.


My Thoughts

This was a goaltending battle. I was happy it ended the way it did. Honestly, the way Vasilevskiy was playing, I wasn’t expecting him to crack. The Blues kept with it and came away with a win.

This is the first time the Tampa Bay Lightning have been shut out all season long, and it’s the first time the Blues have won 4 games in a row.

Jordan Binnington played fantastic, saving all 32 shots he faced. This guy has had a tremendous start to his NHL career and I’m extremely happy for him.

The Blues, however, went 0 for 3 on the Power Play and if this game went the other way, that would have been the difference along with Vasilevskiy’s performance.

It’s very important to take advantage of the extra man because you won’t get shutout goaltending all the time.

Regardless, the Blues beat the best team in hockey and it was a good, hard-fought game.

Now, they go for 5 in a row. Back home against Nashville on Saturday.


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