St. Louis Blues Weekly – It’s Been A While

The Blues have had 12 games since our last recap and they have not faired very well.

The first game was Sunday November 7, against the Anaheim Ducks. The Blues did not start the week off right as they lost this game thoroughly 4-1. The game started off optimistically enough with Brandon Saad scoring about 10 seconds into the first. It was all downhill from there. The Blues kept their lead until midway through the second when Sam Carrick tied the game at 1. Troy Terry added a power play goal 3 minutes into the third and the Ducks never looked back. Sam Steel added another to make it 3-1 and Benoit-Olivier Groulx added an empty netter for his first NHL goal to ice it.

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Next, on Tuesday November 9, they traveled to face the Winnipeg Jets. This game turned out much better as they ended up winning 3-2 in a shootout. Pavel Buchnevich got the scoring started with a power play goal late in the first to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. Neal Pionk got it back midway through the second and the teams entered the third tied 1-1. Kyle Connor broke the tie giving the Jets a lead, but Jordan Kyrou tied the game 2-2 with 8 minutes left. After an uneventful overtime, Ryan O’Reilly notched the shootout winner.

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Next, on Thursday November 11, they returned home against the Nashville Predators. This game had the Blues losing in overtime 4-3. Jordan Kyrou got the scoring started in the first, giving the Blues a 1-0 lead. He added a second late in the first as the Blues took a 2-0 lead into the second. Matt Duchene cut the lead in half early in the second. Luke Kunin tied the game later in the second as the teams entered the third period tied at 2. Yakov Trenin gave the Predators the lead, but Tarasenko scored a beautiful goal to tie it at 3. Unfortunately, Duchene added his second of the night in overtime to give the Predators a 4-3 victory.

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Saturday November 13 saw the Blues go to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes. This game did not go much better as the Hurricanes won 3-2. Brady Skjei took no time getting the first goal a few minutes into the game. Carolina took a 1-0 lead into the second when Sebastian Aho scored a power play goal to go up 2-0. Buchnevich cut the lead in half with a power play goal with 7:30 left in the second and Tarasenko tied it up early in the third. However, with 3 minutes left in the third, Brendan Smith gave the Hurricanes a lead they would not give up.

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No small task came next when the Blues had a back-to-back and played Sunday November 14 against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. This game ended with another late one goal loss, this time 5-4. The Blues had some success keeping Connor McDavid in check prior to this game, but it wasn’t to be tonight. Kyrou got the scoring started giving the Blues a 1-0 lead, but McDavid tied it with 5 seconds left in the first. Draisaitl gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead in the second, but Bortuzzo got his first of the year to bring the Blues even. Nugent-Hopkins got his first of the year, and Ryan Mcleod added his first of the year to give the Oilers a 3-1 lead going into the third. The Blues did fight back with goals from Barbashev and Tarasenko, but Yamamoto won it for the Oilers of a great Draisaitl pass with less than a minute left.

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Next, the Blues were at home against the Coyotes on November 16. The Blues lost 3-2 in what can only be deemed a bad loss to a bad team. The first period say the Coyotes get on the board with a goal from Kyle Capobianco, his first of the year, while Kyrou tied it late. Second period was more of the same with Barrett Hayton scoring his first of the year, and Torey Krug tying it midway through. Hayton added a power play goal in the third, and that was all the Coyotes needed.

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Next, the Blues faced off against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday November 18. The Blues got back on the winning track with a 4-1 win. Brandon Saad got the scoring started with a power play goal 10 minutes into the first. Robert Thomas extended the lead early in the second, and while Jonathan Dahlen cut the lead in half, Saad added another to put the game away. For good measure Kyrou added another early in the third as the Blues took the game easily.

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Then the Blues played a familiar rival on Saturday November 20 against the Dallas Stars. The winning feeling did not last long as the Stars pretty easily won this game 4-1. While the Blues did not play terribly, overall, they fell behind 2-0 in the second. Even though Saad brought them within one, Dallas added two more in the third. Aside from the scoring though, the notable goals were both by Roope Hintz who scored two shorthanded goals.

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The Blues then played the Golden Knights at home on Monday November 22. The Blues managed to put together a convincing 5-2 victory even after falling down 2-0 early as the Knights got goals from Chandler Stephenson and Reilly Smith early in the first. Ryan O’Reilly, Tyler Bozak, and Justin Faulk added 3 for the Blues later in the first, and the Blues never looked back. Saad and Mikkola added to the lead as the Blues won easily.

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On Wednesday November 24 the Blues played long time rival from the 1990s and early 2000s in the Detroit Red Wings. Despite jumping out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first on a goal from Buchnevich, the Red Wings added one from Lucas Raymond in the first, and Dylan Larkin in the second to take a 2-1 lead into the third. David Perron tied the game up, but it was all Red Wings after, with Adam Erne giving them a 3-2 lead and former Blue Robby Fabbri adding an empty netter to give them a 4-2 victory.

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Continuing on with old rivalries, the Blues and Blackhawks faced off on Friday November 25. This one was a bad loss – no way to sugarcoat it. The Blackhawks are a bad team and the Blues got two goals in the first by Buchnevich and Barbashev to go up 2-0. There is no excuse for giving up this lead, but they let Jujhar Khaira and Brandon Hagel score for Chicago, and Alex Debrincat won it in overtime 3-2.

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Finally, the Blues played the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, November 27. This game was a good one. Boone Jenner got the scoring started for Columbus in the first, but the Blues added 3 in the second by Buchnevich, Barbashev, and Kyrou. Columbus added one early in the third, but the Blues got a few more from Faulk, Buchnevich, and Barbashev to win the game 6-3 after Columbus got one more back.

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