Blues Clip Red Wings 5-2

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It’s Never Too Far to See Your Kid Play

ST. LOUIS, MO – If you’ve ever had a kid play sports and you were one of those parents who tried not to ever miss a game, you probably have never experienced what the parents of Ivan Barbashev experienced on this night.

Barbashev’s mother and father along with his younger brother traveled 5,229 miles from Moscow, Russia to see their son play for only the 2nd time in his NHL career. Moscow to St. Louis is a 15+ hour flight. I’d venture to bet not very many of you parents reading this story have traveled that far to see “Little Johnny or Suzie” play a game.

I’m certain if we could talk to them they would say “мы так гордимся нашим сыном” which means “we are so proud of our son,” and they would tell you that the travel was well worth it. WOW! Did he ever put on a show for them?!

Barbie not only notched the 2nd multi-goal game of his young career, but he also topped it off with an empty-netter for his first ever hat trick in the NHL. The goals get Barbashev to a total of 12 on the season. He becomes the 11th player on the Blues to reach double digits in goals. Along with another team or two, the Blues lead the NHL in this statistic. It means the team has balanced scoring and that’s exciting.

The Blues also got goals from Pat Maroon and Oskar Sundqvist as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2. Maroon’s goal was his 4th in as many games. He climbs to 9 for the season and is knocking on the door of double digits himself. Sundqvist’s goal was his 14th on the year. Let’s get to the highlights.

First Period

Detroit got on the board first. Just 2:05 into the game, Thomas Vanek put a rebound past Jordan Binnington. The Blues had lots of guys around the net but just couldn’t clear the puck.

The Blues were having trouble early in the game establishing any sustained offensive pressure. It looked like the speed of Detroit’s young squad was causing the Blues some problems.

A little over halfway through the first, Sundqvist knotted the score with a shot from right in front that he lifted over the goalie, Jonathan Bernier. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto got the primary assist with a nice pass to Sundqvist from the corner.

The period ended almost even on shots at 8-7 in favor of St. Louis. The score was tied 1-1.

Second Period

Barbashev provided all of the scoring in the second period. His first goal put the Blues ahead at the 3:22 mark. The play started with a 2 on 1 led by Zach Sanford with Alexander Steen. Steen’s shot dinged the far post but didn’t find it’s way into the net. The Blues kept attacking and within a few seconds Steen found Barbie out in front of the net and the little Russian didn’t miss. Here’s the highlight.

Barbashev’s second goal came at the 8:16 mark of the period. It was a bang-bang play with Barbashev completely crushing Michael Rasmussen, knocking him off the puck. The puck ended up on Steen’s stick and he passed to Barbashev as he continued toward the net. Bernier stopped his shot but the rebound came right back to him and he poked it home.

It was Steen’s 600th career NHL point. He became part of only the 4th father-son tandems to record at least 600 points. He and his father, Thomas Steen join the Howe’s, the Hull’s, and the Stastny’s.

Third Period

Vanek scored again for Detroit to make it 3-2 at the 8:48 mark. Everyone in Enterprise Center and even some watching at home held their collective breaths for exactly 1 minute and 31 seconds. We all breathed a great big sigh of relief when the Big Rig, Pat Maroon scored to give the Blues a 2-goal cushion with under 10 minutes to play.

He was assisted on the goal by Robert Thomas and Tyler Bozak.

Number 49 completed the scoring with just 49 seconds left on the game clock. Coincidence? You decide.

Post Game

Here’s a link to the post-game interviews with Barbashev and Steen.

Interviews

My Thoughts

  • Heading towards the playoffs with balanced scoring like we are seeing now is a great thing. The big boys will eventually get their points, but opposing teams will have a hard time stopping 4 lines of potential scoring threats.
  • You can see a difference with where the Blues are scoring from lately. They are getting the puck out in front of the net where the best scoring chances are. It’s working. 7 goals last game and 5 in this one.
  • Perron continued his scoring streak. He now has scored in 17 consecutive games played with his secondary assist on the Sundqvist goal.
  • Oskar Sundqvist with 14 goals and Barbashev with 12. Who would have guessed?
  • Coyotes, Predators, Stars, and Jets all lost tonight. The Blues sit in 3rd place in the central, 4 points ahead of Dallas with 8 games left.
  • Two of the leagues’ best teams come to town next. Tampa Bay will be here Saturday night and Vegas on Monday night. Let’s go Blues!

 

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