Islanders Trump St. Louis Before Blues Visit the White House

The New York Islanders celebrate their overtime win on Monday with a disappointed Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly skating off. (Photo: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke, AP)

Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY

St. Louis 3-1-1 (3rd in Central Division) @ NY Islanders 2-3 (7th in Metropolitan Division)

The Blues crossed over the border and back into the U.S after playing Canadian teams in 3 consecutive games. They made a stop at Nassau Coliseum to take on the Islanders before paying the traditional champions visit to the White House on Tuesday. The Blues’ loss on Saturday night against Montreal ended their 4 game point streak to start the season, so they looked to get back on track in New York.

1st period

The Blues got off to a slow start, as their first shot on goal didn’t come until 6 and a half minutes were gone, but after Tarasenko’s 1st shot, the Blues were able to keep the rebound in the offensive zone. Brayden Schenn sent the puck toward the goal from a tight angle and bounced it off New York winger Anthony Beauvillier for the Blues’ 1st goal at 6:48 of the period. Justin Faulk and Jaden Schwartz assisted on the goal.

About halfway through the period David Perron went off for interference, but the Blues were able to kill their 10th penalty in a row as New York was not able to sustain much pressure. Sammy Blais missed high stick side on Islander goalie Thomas Griess on a partial break with about 5:30 left in the period, but aside from that, there wasn’t too much action until the Islanders iced the puck with 9 seconds left in the period. The Blues won the ensuing faceoff and David Perron- who had a solid all-around game- clanged one off the left post as time expired. The Blues would take their 1-0 lead into the locker room for the 1st intermission. The Islanders outshot the Blues 9-7.

2nd period

The Islanders opened the 2nd period with 2 minutes of sustained pressure and O-zone time, and Jordan Binnington had to make a great save on a point-blank shot from New York’s Derick Brassard. A little later in the period, the play started to even out, as Tarasenko and Perron both had good chances around 5 minutes in.

Halfway through the period, the Blues had grabbed the momentum. Greiss robbed Robby Fabbri on a close-range backhand, but the Blues continued to pressure, controlling the play and offensive zone time but they could not extend the lead. With 7 seconds left in the period, the Islanders iced the puck just like they’d done in the first, and just like the first, the Blues missed a golden opportunity to extend the lead. After the Blues won the faceoff, Alex Petriangelo skated within 15′ of the Islanders’ goal and let loose a slapshot for the 5 hole, but Griess shut the door just in time.

Going into the 3rd the Blues still had a 1-0 lead. After St. Louis had controlled play in the 2nd they were leading in shots on goal 17-13.

3rd period

For the first time in the young season, the Blues were taking a lead into the 3rd period. And although Vladimir Tarasenko scored his first goal of the season to make it 2-0 Blues, the lead would not last.  Like they did in the 2nd period, the Islanders came out of the locker room buzzing, they had 5 shots in the first 3 minutes of the period and would have made it 2-1 early if not for the stellar saves of Binnington, including one on Scott Mayfield right in front of the net a little over a minute into the period.

Derick Brassard drew a hooking penalty on Oskar Sundqvist and the Blues were on the power play at 3:53. Tarasenko netted his first goal of the season when he sent a laser over Greiss’s glove at 5:23. Vince Dunn and Brayden Schenn assisted on the goal. With a 2-0 lead and determined play, it seemed like the Blues were in control. And they were in control until 5 and a half minutes were left in the game. That’s when Jaden Schwartz’s clearing attempt took a funny bounce and ended up on the stick of Michael Dal Colle who found Brock Nelson near the Blues’ net. Nelson sent a wrister past Binnington to make it 2-1.

Still, the Blues seemed like they would get out of New York and head to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with a win. The Blues continued to play their game. New York couldn’t even pull Griess until about 1:10 was left in the game because St. Louis continued to pressure. But once New York was finally able to enter the Blues zone, they made it count. Colton Parayko sent a hard clearing attempt up the ice from the side of the net, but somehow New York Defenseman Johnny Boychuk was able to get a stick on it just inches from the blue line. Boychuck held it in and moments later the puck was pinballing around the Blues net when Mathew Barzal got a stick on it and pushed it past Binnington. It was 2-2 with 27 seconds left in regulation. The shots were 31-23 New York after 3.

OT

It didn’t take long for the Islanders to complete their comeback. A little over a minute into overtime, Mathew Barzal evaded Ryan O’Reilly, skated right around the Blues net and found Devon Toews wide open. Binnington had no chance and the Blues had no win after being up 2-0 with 5 1/2 minutes left in the game.

Summary

The Blues and Coach Berube can NOT be happy about this one. St. Louis played well for the most part and seemed to be on their way to 2 points. Even after New York made it 2-1 in the 3rd it still seemed like the Blues were in control, but it slipped away.  Overall it was a successful road trip with the Blues gaining 5 out of a possible 8 points, but after 2 consecutive losses, the Blues take a 2 game losing streak to the Oval Office. They’ll return home Thursday night to battle the Vancouver Canucks.

 

 

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