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After rallying late in the game Saturday night, the Blues lost in their first overtime experience of the regular season. OT is now 3-on-3, forcing more scoring opportunities and causing more heart attacks, as well...
The Blues are finally back in St. Louis after a six game road trip. The last five of those games were against Canadien teams. The last game of the trip was against the unbeaten, or unbeatable, Montreal Canadiens.
Although both the Islanders and the Blues started the game with a high intensity, New York stuck first in the first period (Kyle Okposo) and second in the second (John Tavares).
Keep in mind the Blues were missing five players due to injuries; Berglund, Stastny, Shattenkirk, Fabbri, and as of Friday- Schwartz.
Despite the injuries, the Blues had an amazing third period. It was the most entertaining period this year, as big-boy Parayko grabbed his third of the season with a wrist shot to cut the lead in half, 2-1.
Then Parayko took a slapshot that was tipped in by Alexander Steen with 9:09 to go in the third.
Tied 2-2 after regulation, the game went onto 3-on-3 overtime. Steen had a wide open chance to slap a one-timer in but it bounced off of his stick wide. With a fast rush into the Blues defensive zone, Frans Nielsen slid the puck past Elliot and Mikhail Grabovski tapped it in to end the game.
“That’s what’s frustrating,” Elliot said. “To lose in OT is a disapointment, but you have to be happy with the one point and kind of move on from it and learn from that start. We had a lot of good things so you can’t hang your head too much.”
The Blues face-off against the Stanley Cup champions (Tampa Bay Lightening) this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. This will be a great game- two fast teams. It will be broadcasted on NBCSN and you can follow the game on Twitter via @bluesbuzzblog.