Blues Fall to Carolina Hurricanes, 5-2

(Photo: James Guillory / USA Today Sports)

On Friday night, the St. Louis Blues visited the PNC Arena to faceoff against the Carolina Hurricanes. St. Louis came into this game having won 13 of their last 15. This included a franchise-best 11-game winning streak.

Carolina had been on a similar tear as St. Louis, losing only 3 of their last 16 games. The Hurricanes carried a 3-game winning streak.

Team Records

  • Blues: (34-23-6) Away: 17-10-2
  • Hurricanes: (34-23-6) Home: 17-10-2

Forward Lines

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

Defensive Pairings

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

Starting Goaltenders

STL – Allen: (17-15-5, 2.95 GAA, .902 SV%)

CAR – McElhinney: (16-7-1, 2.25 GAA, .923 SV%)

Goals Scored: Oskar Sundqvist, Justin Williams, Justin Faulk, Vince Dunn, Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov

Three Stars

  1. Sebastian Aho
  2. Jordan Staal
  3. Nino Niederreiter

Game Summary

1st Period

Vince Dunn put a shot on goal from the left point. Oskar Sundqvist tipped it past Curtis McElhinney at 6:59 to put the Blues up 1-0. This was Oskar’s 12th goal of the season. Dunn tallied his 18th assist. Robert Thomas was also credited with his 16th assist on the play. Great individual effort by #29 at the point along the wall.

Just 41 seconds later, Justin Williams answered back with a one-timer from just above the left circle. That’s his 18th on the season. Brett Pesce registered his 12th assist. Nino Niederreiter was credited with his 21st helper on the play. I understand that the puck went through Joel Edmundson‘s legs, but Jake Allen was super low in his net.

Justin Faulk was able to score one that Jake Allen would surely like to have back in my opinion. Niederreiter registered his second apple of the game. Sebastian Aho earned his 46th assist as well.

Carolina went on Power Play at 16:28 when Jaden Schwartz was called for cross-checking Jaccob Slavin. The Hurricanes failed to put a shot on goal with the man advantage.

The Hurricanes were leading in hits 11-9, Takeaways 8-7, Blocked Shots 6-5, and Faceoffs 60%-40%.

St. Louis lead in shots 11-8.

2nd Period

Vince Dunn was able to tie the game up at 2:13 with his 9th goal of the season. Pat Maroon and Robert Thomas received assists on the play. That was Thomas’ second assist of the game and 17th this season. Big Rig registered his 13th helper on the play.

Blues went on their first Power Play at 3:30 when Saku Maenalanen went to the box for holding Joel Edmundson. The Blues failed to register a shot on goal.

At 11:47, St. Louis saw another man advantage after Brett Pesce was called for holding Vladimir Tarasenko.

Sebastian Aho cashed in short-handed for his 26th goal of the season when Jake Allen made a big mistake trying to retrieve the puck…

That was embarrassing.

Vince Dunn then went to the box for tripping Warren Foegele at 13:24 to make it 4 on 4 for 23 seconds. Carolina went on the Power Play for 1:37 but did not capitalize.

The Blues were held to just 3 shots in the 2nd period.

3rd Period

Jordan Staal was able to score his 6th of the year at 10:44 to put the Hurricanes up 4-2. Tuevo Teravainen tallied his 43rd assist on the season and Dougie Hamilton registered his 16th on the play. This was just a great shot by Staal.

Robert Bortuzzo and Jordan Martinook received matching double minors for roughing at 11:50.

Jake Allen left for the extra attacker with 2:30 remaining. Andrei Shvechnikov capitalized with the empty netter.

Final: 5-2 Hurricanes

Carolina did a great job of keeping the Blues from playing their game. St. Louis had a lot of trouble generating offense. Blues fans were a bit spoiled with great play for such a long stretch. The boys knew they had to bring their “A Game” to this one if they wanted a chance against another team that’s playing so well. I’ll admit I had some frustrations with Jake Allen in this one, but the loss is obviously not pinned solely on him in my opinion. Offense could have been better. Defense could have been better. I’ll give credit where it’s due. Carolina played a strong game. This is one you put behind you and don’t look back. Refocus on your next opponent and get back to the game plan.

I’ll clarify. Yes, I believe this was a bad game for Jake Allen. That doesn’t change the fact that the rest of the team didn’t execute though.

The Blues will host the Dallas Stars Saturday night at Enterprise Center.


One thought on “Blues Fall to Carolina Hurricanes, 5-2”

  1. Couldn’t get the game last night. Thanks for all the lay by play! Regroup was your best message. Placing blame tears down when we need positive feedback. GoBlues!!!

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