The Blues met the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden to end their four-game road trip. The Rangers beat the Blues at home for the first time since 1998.
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Jake Allen's 165:59 shutout came to a brutal end as the Rangers scored three goals on their first five shots.
Mats Zuccarello found Derick Brassard in front to give the Rangers an early 1-0 lead.
At the other end, Henrik Lunqvist robbed Alexander Steen of a goal by getting his paddle on Steen's wide-open net shot.
Zuccarello scored a highlight reel goal as he split the defense by sliding it under Jay Bouwmeester's stick. He was slashed by Kevin Shattenkirk before beating Allen top left.
Kevin Hayes made it 3-0 on a breakaway by sliding the puck under Allen, who broke into a butterfly position after Hayes's fake. Allen was pulled 14:38 into the first period.
After Allen's scary start, Brian Elliot relieved him. Dmitri Jaskin registered his first of the year assisted by Colton Parayko, making it 3-1 Rangers at the end of the first.
Next on the scoresheet was Vladimir Tarasenko, who rocketed one past Lunqvist to make it 3-2. His eighth goal of the season came at 5:24.
J.T. Miller answered with a slapshot, giving the Rangers a 4-2 lead.
Robby Fabbri and Scott Gomez ran a give-and-go as Troy Brouwer stood wide open in front of the Ranger's net. With 5:39 left in the second, Fabbri found Brouwer who knocked in his fourth goal of the season, cutting the Ranger's lead to one goal.
Ryan McDonaugh scored on a power play slap making it 5-3 Rangers, as they claimed their two goal lead back.
With 2:34 left in regulation, Dan Girardi ended the game with an empty net goal. The Rangers won 6-3, their eight win in-a-row.
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What Went Wrong?
- The Blues ran into the problem they run into every year; who the hell is our starting goalie? Jake Allen and Brian Elliot have been tugged back and forth as starting or "better" goalies for some time now, and fans are ready for Hitchcock to pick ONE. We can't play goalie roulette this year. I understand goalies have bad games, like Allen did tonight, but we need to establish a starting goalie soon.
- I think that's it, right? If Steen's shot was an inch higher and we were lucky on some other plays the Blues should win that game. We scored three goals and Lunqvist, which is no easy task. Scoring has not been a problem so far. So... Yeah, I'll stick with the goalies.