Vancouver Canucks v. St. Louis Blues
Game 2 – First Round
The two teams sported the following lineups:
The Blues came out playing a bit better than in Game 1, but it was Vancouver who opened the scoring with a nifty short handed goal from Bo Horvat.
This play looked pretty sleek, but in reality the Blues just didn’t play defense. Outside of three penalties, not much in the way of action, but the Blues did play pretty solidly – shooting the puck well and throwing the body around.
The Blues were gifted a bit of a lifeline when Miller’s goal was called back for offsides, but they promptly returned the gift with a penalty and a Canucks’ power play goal late in the period by Tanner Pearson.
Mercifully, the only two Blues players actually doing anything, Perron and O’Reilly, connected for a late goal that drew them within one.
Elias Pettersson opened the third period scoring to give the Canucks a 3-1 lead.
Recently activated Sammy Blais struck back for the Blues, cutting the lead to 3-2.
David Perron scored an absolutely fantastic goal with 6 seconds left to tie the game after key O’Reilly faceoff wins.
Horvat ended the game on a breakaway – absolutely inexcusable, lazy, stupid play by the Blues somehow allowing him to get way behind the defense.
Game 3 is Sunday at 1030p Eastern.
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