Blues Weekly Recap

The Blues had an impressive start to the season – winning all four games and notching 22 (!!) total goals.

The Blues opened the season on Saturday, October 16, on the road in Colorado – the team that swept them out of the playoffs in four straight last year. This time though, the Blues were ready for them. They wasted no time getting on the board with Justin Faulk scoring less than five minutes into the game. Brayden Schenn added another midway though the second to make it 2-0. Shortly after David Perron, a high note from last season, made it 3-0. Colorado got on the board to make it 3-1, but Perron scored again on the power play to make it 4-1. Colorado pulled their goalie with about 5 minutes left and scored two quick ones to pull within 1, and actually scored to make it 4-4, but after review it was determined that the puck was kicked in. Ryan O’Reilly iced it with an empty net goal and the Blues took home a 5-3 victory.

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Next, on Monday October 18, the Blues travelled to Phoenix to take on the Coyotes. The Coyotes jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal from St. Louis native Clayton Keller. The lead was short lived as Pavel Buchnevich got the Blues on the board with his first goal with the team with a little over 12 minutes left in the first. After the Coyotes took a 2-1 lead, the Blues went on the power play with about 10 minutes left in the second. From there the Blues got goals from Justin Faulk, Jordan Kyrou, Klim Kostin, Klim Kostin again, and a beauty from Kyrou in about 5 minutes to go up 6-2. Just like the last game, the Blues sort of fumbled at the end of the game, letting the Coyotes get 2 to get the score to 6-4, but Ivan Barbashev iced it to give the Blues a 7-4 win.

Two days later, on Wednesday October 20, the Blues met with their old captain Alex Pietrangelo and the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas. Even though the Blues dominated early, Vegas scored the first goal and took a 1-0 lead into the second. Brandon Saad got the Blues on the board with his first with the team to even the scores at 1-1. With the score still tied 1-1 in the third, Vladimir Tarasenko, who played one of, if not the, best games he has played in years, tucked on in to make it 2-1. Ivan Barbashev iced the game with an empty net goal for a 3-1 victory.

The last game of the opening four games was finally the home opener on on Saturday 10/23 against the LA Kings. The Kings got the scoring going, taking a 1-0 lead, but it was basically all Blues from there. David Perron got the Blues on the board evening the game up at one. Ivan Barbashev scored an absolute beauty to give the Blues a 2-1 lead that the Blues took into the second period. David Perron added his second of the night to give the Blues a 3-1 lead. Jake Neighbours scored the first goal of his NHL career and Ryan O’Reilly added another to give the Blues a 5-1. James Neal gave the Blues a 6-1 lead, but the Kings would not go away scoring two more to bring it to 6-3. Perron added another to round out the hat trick as the Blues won 7-3.

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