The Blues go 7-2-1 as Jake Allen tallied his third win, Vladimir Tarasenko scored- then gave us a heart attack, and Colton Parayko finds an awkward way to give the Blues the lead.
The Blues came out strong for the first 10 minutes or so, but both teams went into the locker rooms scoreless after one.
In the second, Hampus Lindholm jammed the puck past Allen’s pad to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. About 4 minutes later, the Blues caught a break with a 2-on-0, which is a rare play in the NHL. With Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko all alone, it was an automatic goal. #91 tied the game at 1-1 with a one-timer, beating Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen.
“It was my first 2-on-2 in my NHL career,” said Tarasenko. “It was pretty fun.”
After he scored, Tarasenko gave me a heart attack. Not the heart attack I get when scores an insane goal, but the type you get when your team’s leading scorer gets injured. In the corner, Sean Horcoff hit Tarasenko, who left the ice favoring his left leg.
To avenge the Horcoff hit, Steve Ott went after the Duck’s Corey Perry, who had a 50-goal season last year.
Luckily, Tarasenko was back in the game at the start of the third.
10:31 into the third, Ty Rattie slid the puck back to Parayko off the face-off, whose shot caromed off the board and bounced into the net after hitting Andersen’s left skate. Parayko’s 10 shots on goal set a new single-game rookie record for the Blues. The last rookie to have 10 shots in one game was Alexander Ovechkin.
Allen had 22 saves and tallied his third win of the season, bringing up the question that every Blues fan wants Ken Hitchcock to answer… “Who is our starter?”
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