Canucks And Blues Game 4 The Heart Of A Champion Comes Alive In A 3-1 St. Louis Victory
Canucks And Blues Game 4 Back To Back
The Canucks and Blues game 4 went Monday night a quick turn around from Sunday's 3-2 overtime win by the Blues. It's a bit cliché, but what hockey quote isn't? This was a must-win game, for both teams!
Vancouver was coming off their first loss since dropping the opening round game to the Minnesota Wild. St. Louis was able to claw back into the series when Brayden Schenn beat Jacob Markstrom at 15:06 of the fourth frame. On the other end, the Blues won their first game at all in the bubble in 5 tries.
Jake Allen Replaced Binnington in Game 3 and was solid making 39 saves on 41 shots. J.T. Miller opened the scoring in the second period on the powerplay. Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes got assists. Hughes is now on a 7 game point streak and can join some amazing company tonight with a point. Justin Faulk and David Perron answered back for the Blues to make it 2-1. It was a beautiful shot to beat Markstrom and inspired Petey to tie things up shortly after with a slightly better shot.
The 3rd period didn't solve anything for the Canucks and Blues in game 3 and overtime was once again needed. It wasn't a quick end like last time they played in OT for Vancouver, and the result was different. Jacob Markstrom looked good making 46 saves on 49 shots. Ryan O'Reilly's line once again dominated the game but this time against the Jay Beagle line. You can check out my post-game from the last game for Sports Talk Line not at all, cause I hit preview, and not Publish.
The Canucks and Blues would go with the same starting goalies for game 4 with Markstrom and Allen. Vancouver went with the same lineup as Sunday night but would move Virtanen up and down the lineup throughout the game. Tyler Myers was once again unable to go and his status for Game 5 Wednesday will be up in the air.
The Blues would also make no changes to the lineup that won 3-2. Jordan Kyrou skated very well and was moved up on the 2nd line with Tyler Bozak and Schenn. Going into game 3 it was interesting to see what head coach Travis Green would do with the last change and after losing it would be equally interesting for game 4.
Blues Open The Scoring In Game 4 Against The Canucks
The 1st period of game 4 would be plagued by icings and whistles and a lot of stoppages. It wasn't until after the first penalty to the Blues Vince Dunn on Bo Horvat that the game started to get some flow. Vancouver was able to get a nice chance but Miller put it high and wide with Markstrom on the bench for the 6-5 advantage. St. Louis would clear several times and the best chance would go to Jake Virtanen on the 2nd unit.
The powerplay would end early when Alex Edler took a tripping penalty on Zach Sanford. The teams would skate 4 on 4 for 21 seconds before the Blues had their first powerplay of the evening. St. Louis was unable to convert on their first powerplay with Schenn getting the only shot. After a T.V. Timeout with 11:07 to go in the first St. Louis would get their first real chance. You guessed it, Ryan O'Reilly! He would beat Markstrom but not the post and things would stay scoreless.
Vancouver would try and change the momentum with a strong shift by Bo Horvat, Loui Eriksson, and Tanner Pearson. Also known as the insurance line of course. Eriksson sent it just wide on Allen but the Canucks would force Perron into a mistake and a delay of game penalty as he shoots if over the puck. Miller had one of the 3 shots but they never really tested Allen and the Blues penalty kill.
Things would pick up physically as Vancouver was able to push back and force another penalty on the Blues. J.T.Miller had a chance that he put wide before Mackenzie MacEachern was called for a cross-check on Elias Pettersson. The Canucks managed 2 shots on goal. Nothing that was a true test for goalie Jake Allen despite Brock Boeser having several whacks at his own rebound.
Boeser would take the Canucks off the powerplay at 15:20 when he was booked for a slashing call on Marco Scandella. The Canucks and Blues game 4 would skate 4 on 4 once again. Robert Thomas would get the second post of the period for St. Louis but it remained scoreless. That was until Ryan O'Reilly went to work. He is the player you love when he is on your team and hate when he is against you. At the 16:43 mark of the first period, Alex Pietrangelo would send it wide off the boards and it bounced right to O'Reilly. He was able to beat Markstrom from a tight angle to make it 1-0 Blues.
It was only a couple minutes but Vancouver actually looked like a team that could go up 3-1 in the series. A late period fight between Antione Roussel and Sammy Blais seemed to spark the Canucks. Blais would head off for repairs but return in the second period. The Canucks and Blues game 4 first period would end 1-0 for the dominant team. That was St. Louis if you didn't watch. Shots were 13-11 but one of the stats that I almost lost my jaw on was high danger chances on the powerplay. The Blues had 5 in only 49 seconds, a sign the Canucks were in for a long night.
2nd Period Canucks and Blues Game 4 The Champs Asserted Their Dominace
The Canucks would come out early in the 2nd period and get the equalizer. Brock Boeser had some nice work on the forecheck and the puck was kept in by Alex Edler. His wrist shot was tipped past Allen by JT. Miller and the Canucks and Blues game 4 was tied up at one just 40 seconds into the second. This ends the good things for the Vancouver Canucks offense in game 4. I guess they got a powerplay right after as Colton Parayko shot it out of play. Okay, that's it! Well, Markstrom was solid... Right the second period of Canucks and Blues game 4.
The Blues would slowly start to pull away with the shot and possession dominance after Vancouver tied it. A chance sent wide by Robert Thomas and it was more a question of if not when. Right after the T.V. timeout, the St. Louis Blues were once again on the attack as Ryan O'Reilly dumped the puck in. David Perron forced a turnover on Alex Edler, J.T. Miller looked to give up on the play as he watched O'Reilly walk out and backhand it top shelf past Markstrom for his second goal of the night.
The Canucks were able to get some few and far between minutes in the Blues zone but couldn't test Jake Allen. The Blues dominated everything in the second period with final shots ending 17-5. Jayden Schwartz was able to beat troy Stecher down the left-wing and test Markstrom with a shot he had to shoulder off. Alex Edler would take a tripping penalty on Schwartz 8:25 into the period that the Canucks were able to kill off.
With 8 minutes to go in the second period, the Canucks were being outshot 9-3. Despite Travis Green playing the Lotto line as much as possible, there was no match for the Blues. Things continued to spiral out of control as penalties on Zach MacEwen and than Oscar Fantenberg gave St. Louis the 5-3 advantage. Just as Vancouver was looking to kill off the first penalty Alex Pietrangelo tried to find Schenn but it was tipped in past Markstrom by Alex Edler. David Perron would get his second assist of the night while Canucks killer O'Reilly got his 3rd point of the evening.
The Canucks and Blues game 4 was getting out of hand, as my word of the game was dominance. Edler, Motte, and Beagle all had 7 scoring chances against after 2 periods while generating 0. Scoring chances were 14-1 for the Blues and Markstrom had made 27 saves and came up big late in the period to keep it a 3-1 scoreline.
Canucks Out Everythinged By The Blues
Back to back for the Canucks and Blues game 4 and you would think both teams would show up for the final period. That wasn't the case as the St. Louis Blues were playing like the team down 2 goals. Green started to shuffle the lines a bit moving Jake Virtanen up and down trying to find a spot that would spark the team.
Robert Thomas made a nice backhand pass on another bank pass off the boards. Jacob Markstrom had to be sharp to keep it 3-1 on a great save on Sammy Blais but he lost his skate blade. Shots were 4-0 for the Blues at the 5:06 mark of the third. The Canucks and Blues game 4 was called much tighter than last game as St. Louis would get 5 powerplays and score on 2. The Canucks were another story on the powerplay Monday night.
3 straight powerplays for the Canucks in the 3rd period. Schenn, Dunn, and Carl Gunnarsson all paraded to the box in the final period. Vancouver went 0/7 on the powerplay and only managed 8 shots and 3 high danger chances, all in the first period. There wasn't much to write home about in the 3rd period for the Canucks and Blues game 4. Like they played out the rest of the period and Green pulled Markstrom with just under 3 minutes left. There was even a timeout, do you remember it? Or like my spell check do you only remember Ryan O'Reilly? It was an impressive 3-1 St. Louis victory to even the series at 2-2.
Vancouver looked worn out and rightly so after taking all the hits from the Blues forwards. Did the Canucks and Blues game 4 show us the actual Vancouver team that was fighting for a playoff spot? Maybe? More so it showed that the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup last season!
Post Game Notes Canucks and Blues Game 4
Canucks and Blues NHL game 4 saw a 3-1 St. Louis victory to tie the series at two games apiece. It will now be the best of 3 series with things shifting back to Edmonton Missouri for game 5. Sammy Blais left briefly after the 1st period but just cause Roussel punched him several times in the face. I would expect the same lineup and goalie on Wednesday.
For the Canucks Travis Green and the Lotto line it was a squandered chance to go up 3-1. Special teams were a big factor with the Blues scoring 2 and Vancouver scoring 0. Newell Brown might need to change his strategy for the next game as Pettersson and the one-timer is being covered time after time.
I could talk all day about the play of Ryan O'Reilly all day but I think we will see enough of him in the next 3 games. I do think it will go 3 games because Vancouver has Quinn Hughes and Elias Pettersson. Travis Green was optimistic as usual after the game,
"I don't think anyone thought we were going to come into this series and St. Louis was going to roll over. The Stabley cup champs there a really good hockey team. Every game has been a battle, every game been close, I expect every game to look like the first 4."
He would continue on about the mentality of his team after the game, " Fine line between winning and losing, our guys understand that. Obviously they're upset that we lost tonight and they should be. They want to win badly. We'll be back here ready to play the next game and I have a lot of faith in our group."
It was very obvious the Canucks were not going to win 19 in a row. After an impressive run, things came to a bit of reality check with two straight losses. Now Vancouver needs to rebound after a tough 3-1 loss in game 4 against the Blues.
Streaks Snapped Canucks And Blues Game 4
One a side note from the Canucks and Blues game 4. Vancouver failed to score a powerplay goal after 6 straight games. Pettersson and Hughes had their point streaks snapped at 7 games.
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The Canucks and Blues game 4 showed you why one team won the Stanley Cup last season. It's not time to panic yet though as the series is still tied up at two. We are one game away from the panic button though.
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