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    Quick Hits: Subban pulled, Bruins trail 4-1 after 40 minutes

    Dan St.Pierre February 20, 2015

    After starting the period on the power play, David Krejci went off for a hooking penalty just 44 seconds into the period. Just four seconds later off the draw, Blues rookie defenseman Petteri Lindbohm fired a shot from the point that goaltender Malcolm Subban mishandled, resulting in the 1-1 tie and the first goal of Lindbohm’s career. Since the goal resulted during 4-on-4 play, the Blues still had power play time in hand but couldn’t muster any scoring chances.

    Shortly after the power play expired, Blues defenseman and perennial superstar, Alex Pietrangelo put St. Louis up 2-1 off a high wrist shot, beating Subban glove side. St. Louis may have started slow out of the gates, but it was clear Subban’s glove side was a focal point in the Blues’ discussions leading up to the matchup. In an awkward play shortly before the Blues goal, Krejci landed a heavy check on Alexander Steen, but left the game immediately with what appeared to be a lower body injury and will not return to the game. You don’t want to speculate but it didn’t look good at all.

    Just 53 seconds later, Alexander Steen fed a pass to T.J. Oshie just inside the top of the faceoff circle, who unleashed a laser that beat the rookie netminder high glove side, putting the Blues up 3-1. Again, not so much of an issue with the Bruins defensive efforts as much as it was a matter of Subban being a bit overwhelmed in the moment tonight. After dropping every game on the current road trip, Claude Julien pulled Subban from the Boston goal in favor of Tuukka Rask in an attempt to salvage a point on the night. Overall, I thought Subban looked like a typical young goaltender who had his weaknesses exposed by the world’s best players. In 25:09, Subban allowed three goals on six shots before getting the yank from Julien. In short, if he’s getting a start, it should have been in Edmonton on Wednesday night.

    With a little over six minutes remaining in the game, the Blues once again went on the power play. Jordan Caron delivered a questionable hit which resulted in him dropping the mitts with Lindbohm(going for the Gordie Howe hat trick?) and an added two minute roughing penalty for the hit, which seemed to be called after the fight. Yes, you read that right. On the power play, the NHL’s breakout player of the year, Vladimir Tarasenko, put the Blues up 4-1 on a wicked wrister at the 13:59 mark.

    From there, the B’s picked up their play a bit, generating another power play opportunity, their third of the night, but Blues goaltender Jake Allen stood tall when called upon, steering away all three Bruins PP shots-on-goal.

    After dominating the SOG battle 8-3 in the first period, the Bruins once again led with 11 shots on goal to the Blues 8.


    Overall, a tough letdown from Subban after the Bruins dominated the first 20 minutes of play.



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