Detroit, MI – After getting blanked by Boston less than 24 hours ago, the St. Louis Blues (6-3-3) got back into shape with a 5-4 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings (3-8-1).
After getting into Detroit shortly before 2am, the Blues got right back to business with a quick start against the Red Wings with 2 goals in the first ten minutes. Brayden Schenn tapped home his 9th goal of the early season on the powerplay thanks to a brilliant feed from Ryan O’Reilly. Then, minutes later, Zach Sanford deflected the puck into the net off a laser shot by Alex Steen.
The Red Wings found their wheels in the second period and put the heat on the Blues. At the midway point of the game, Filip Hronek blasted a one-timer top shelf on the power play to cut St. Louis’ lead in half. Ryan O’Reilly would quickly answer with his second goal in eight games less than two minutes later.
However, it was total collapse in the third for the Blues, as the Red Wings scored three unanswered goals in the first 12 minutes of the third period. However, a late push by Ryan O’Reilly on the powerplay tied it up for St. Louis late in the third to force overtime. Shortly after, it was David Perron who sealed the deal with a rocket of a shot to win in overtime, 5-4.
Jordan Binnington came up big in net, making 29 saves on 33 Detroit shots. The Blues got a big two points and will head home with them to face the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, while Detroit hosts Edmonton on Tuesday. Alex Steen exited the game in the second intermission with a lower-body injury, with no timetable on his return.
With no morning skate, St. Louis was well-rested after getting into Detroit late last night and hit the ground running. On the powerplay, Ryan O’Reilly and Brayden Schenn made a great play for an easy tap-in goal, just three minutes in.
Schenn’s 9th of the season was also assisted by Pietrangelo, and the quickest St. Louis Blue to reach 9 goals since Steen back in 2013. The Blues continued to pound at Jonathan Bernier’s door with flurries of chances and lots of offensive zone time. Finally, it paid off again as Alex Steen came thundering in off a line change.
Zach Sanford was credited with the goal with a small deflection in front, but Steen’s speed on the play gave him the primary assist. The Red Wings used a power play of their own to try and retaliate, but the backchecking and o-zone pressure by St. Louis proved too overwhelming. The Blues skated off after the first 20 minutes enjoying a 2-0 lead, with the 9-7 shot total in their favor.
With the most dangerous lead in all of hockey, the St. Louis Blues were slow out the gate for the middle period and Detroit made them pay. Most of the first 10 minutes was spent in the Blues zone, and Detroit continued to hammer chances at Jordan Binnington. “Binner”, however, stayed focused after playing last night in Boston, with great lateral movement and a stoic position in net.
The penalties continued to mount for the Blues, and Detroit finally capitalized. Young defenseman Filip Hronek scored on the powerplay on a one-timer to cut the lead in half for Detroit, just midway through the game.
Hronek’s second of the season cut the lead in half at 2-1 but Ryan O’Reilly took quick objection. With a great pass from David Perron, O’Reilly snapped a wrister bar-down past Bernier to give the Blues a 2-goal lead back, just over 90 seconds later.
O’Reilly snapped his 7-game goal drought with his second of the season, and St. Louis lead Detroit 3-1. The Red Wings mounted another big comeback with the man-advantage, but Binnington was stellar in his cage, stopping every Red Wings’ chance thrown at him.
The defense got the job done just enough to retain the 3-1 lead after two periods. The Blues went to the locker room up two goals, but Detroit was pounding down the door, outshooting them 16-14. St. Louis would also return to the ice shorthanded, with Alex Steen exiting the game with a lower-body injury.
The Detroit Red Wings were a brand-new team for the 3rd period and the Blues completely collapsed. Early in the third, Dylan Larkin wired a shot off of Jordan Binnington’s glove and the puck trickled its way into the net.
The Red Wings had their foot on full throttle in Motor City, and the Blues had nothing for them except for Jordan Binnington. He made some miraculous stops, but it wouldn’t be long before Valtteri Filppula tied the game for Detroit.
Filppula’s first of the year tied up the game and the Blues were still falling way behind the play. Jordan Binnington was keeping St. Louis’ head above water as best he could, but Tyler Bertuzzi caught him by surprise and suddenly scored right off the faceoff draw.
Three unanswered goals by Detroit would give the Red Wings their first lead of the game with only eight minutes left in the third. With some line changes made by coach Berube, the Blues finally got their act together late in the third period. Detroit was charged with a Too Many Men penalty and Ryan O’Reilly saved the Blues after a wild scramble in front of the net.
O’Reilly’s second goal of the game tied the game 4-4, with the help of Perron and Schwartz. Detroit didn’t go down quietly, but the Blues held on to force overtime, getting outshot 32-19 at the end of regulation.
The crowd was still electric at Little Caesar’s Arena as the Red Wings and Blues went on a full-speed tilt in overtime. However, with a smart line change in the offensive zone, it was David Perron who buried the OT winner for St. Louis.
Perron’s 6th goal of the year sealed the deal and St. Louis escaped Detroit with a big overtime win. It was St. Louis’ only shot of the overtime period and came just 1:28 in. St. Louis managed to avoid the third-period collapse and get their first win in extra minutes of the season. Binnington was solid through the full 60 to get the win, making 29 saves in the process.
O’Reilly, with two goals and four points in the game, knew there was room for improvement after their poor 3rd period. “It’s a massive two points and we found a way to get them, but obviously there’s a lot of things we need to change. We weren’t consistent enough and opened it up a little bit too much tonight,” Ryan O’Reilly told Darren Pang after the game. “Wasn’t a perfect game, but we can at least go home and feel a bit better about ourselves and get back to work.”
It was a big game for Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron, as the linemates picked up 4 points each, including the overtime winner. Pietrangelo also scored an assist in his 700th career NHL game, all with St. Louis.
The Blues head back home Wednesday for a 7pm tilt against the division rival Minnesota Wild while the Red Wings host the Oilers on Tuesday. For broadcast coverage of the Blues Wednesday night matchup, head to:
STL: FSMW, ESPN 101.1, Fox Sports GO, NHL.com
MIN: FSN, KFAN 100.3, Fox Sports GO, NHL.com
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