Blues Recap – Getting Caught Up

The Blues played 9 games since our last recap, going 6-1-2 against a couple of good teams.

Tuesday, November 30, saw the Blues face off against the defending Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blues opened the week with a 4-3 shootout win. Tampa jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first period. While the Blues could have packed it in, they came roaring back with three of their own by O’Reilly, Logan Brown, and Ivan Barbashev. Ryan O’Reilly was the only player to score in the shootout, giving the Blues the win.

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The Blues traveled to Tampa two days later on December 2 for a rematch. The Blues suffered their only regulation loss of the trip against the Lightening this game. While they played competitively, taking a 1-1 tie into the third on goals by Palat for Tampa and Saad for the Blues, Tampa added three in the third (two by Hedman) to take the game 4-2.

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Next, the Blues played the Florida Panthers on Saturday, December 4. The Blues and Panthers needed a shootout to settle this one, with the Panthers taking it 4-3. Each team scored a goal in each period, with Logan Brown and Maxim Mamin scoring in the first, Jake Walman and and Sam Reinhart scoring in the second, and Saad and Mamin scoring in the third. The Panthers edged the Blues 2-1 in the shootout to get the win.

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As with Tampa, the Blues played a second consecutive game against the Panthers on Tuesday, December 7. The Blues took home a hard-fought 4-3 win in overtime. Aleksander Barkov gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead going in to the second, but Tarasenko soon equalized it. Brandon Montour gave the Panthers their lead back, but Brayden Schenn tied it back up for the Blues. Brandon Saad and Jonathan Huberdeau scored in the third, setting the stage for overtime, which the Blues won on a Pavel Buchnevich goal.

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The Blues and Red Wings played in St. Louis on Thursday, December 9. The Blues won this game 6-2, but it was the Nathan Walker show. Walker scored his first two goals in the first, giving the Blues a 2-0 lead going in to the second. Robby Fabbri, who never misses a shot to stick it to the Blues, cut the lead in half, but Parayko added another to give the Blues their two goal lead back going in to the third. Walker got the hat trick early in the third, with Barbashev and Scandella scoring as well, though Fabbri got his second of the game too. Ultimately, the Blues proved too much, winning the game 6-2.

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Next, still at home, the Blues took on the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, December 11. The Blues put together a very well played game, beating Montreal 4-1. Pavel Buchnevich opened the scoring in the first, giving the Blues a 1-0 lead. Dakota Joshua got his first goal, and Ivan Barbashev got his tenth to give the Blues a 3-0 lead going in to the third. Montreal got one back after Alexander Romanov scored early in the third, but Torey Krug sealed it with a power play goal to give the Blues a 4-1 win.

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After that, the Blues and Ducks played in St. Louis on Sunday December 12. This was a disappointing game for the Blues, as they played well, but ended up losing 3-2 in overtime. Buddy Robinson gave the Ducks the lead in the first, going up 1-0, but Oskar Sundqvist evened the score at one early in the second period. Nathan Walker scored in the third, to give the Blues a 2-1 lead, but Troy Terry tied it up for the Ducks before the end of regulation. Terry ended up scoring again in overtime to win it for the Ducks.

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Next, the Blues played the first of two consecutive against Dallas on Tuesday, December 14. Traveling to Dallas proved no issue for the Blues, as they easily won 4-1. Riley Damiani of the Stars got the scoring started after a scoreless first period, but Colton Parayko tied it up late in the second. The Blues added three goals in the third from Justin Faulk, Ryan O’Reilly, and Vladimir Tarasenko to close the game out 4-1. Most notably though was goalie Charlie Lindgren playing spectacularly while making 33 saves.

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Lastly, the Blues and Stars played again on Friday, December 17. The Blues put together another impressive 4-1 win by thoroughly thumping the Stars. There was no scoring in the first period, but Logan Brown got the scoring started in the second, with Tarasenko added his tenth of the year to give the Blues a 2-0 lead going in to the third. While Jason Robertson cut the lead in half, Tarasenko and Barbashev added to the lead to close it out 4-1. Lindgren again played well, stopping 23 of 24 shots.

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