St. Louis Blues Ryan Reaves puts the puck in the lap of New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October 9, 2014. New York won the game 3-2. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues T.J. Oshie skates onto the ice as he is introduced on opening night before a game against the New York Rangers at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October 9, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko (91) is mobbed by teammates after scoring a goal in the third period against the New York Rangers at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October 9, 2014. New York won the game 3-2. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
New York Rangers Dominic Moore congratulates goaltender Henrik Lundqvist at the final horn and a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October 9, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(HockeyStL) -- On another bad turnover, Ranger Rick Nash scored his second goal of the game to put his team up 3-2 over the Blues which would serve as the final goal of the night as the Blues dropped their first game of the season. Watch Goal
Martin St. Louis assisted on the goal as Brian Elliot gave up 3 goals on 25 shots.
Tarasenko ties game at 2 during 3rd period
Vladimir Tarasenko pulled the Blues to tie with the Rangers once again in the third period and Paul Stastny recorded his first point as a Blue.
Tarasenko came straight down the middle and as he was falling down, he blasted the puck past Henrik Lundqvist for the Blues second goal of the night. Stastny and Jaden Schwartz earned the assists on the goal, giving Schwart a goal and an assist in the third period.
Rangers breakaway lead to go-ahead goal
The New York Rangers went back on top on a breakaway from Chris Kreider that Brian Elliot coudn't stop.
The goal, Kreider's second point of the game, came after TJ Oshie dropped the gloves with Mats Zuccarello. The goal was assisted by Rick Nash and Marc Staal.
Wearing number 17 to honor his late sister Mandy. Jaden Schwartz scored the first goal of the season for the Blues to tie the game at one.
Schwartz cleaned up a shot at Henrik Lundqvist from David Backes to put the puck in the net. Backes and Alex Pietrangelo both received assists on the goa.
Stastny returns to ice after hitting knee
Scary moment at Scottrade Center as new-blue Paul Stastny went down after being hit by Dan Girardi as the two went in knee to knee.
Girardi went off to the box as Blues trainer escorted Stastny of the ice and into the locker room. The Blues have not given an update on his condition yet, but the center did return to the ice at the start of the third period.
Blues can't convert on multiple power plays
The beginning of the second period was frustrating for the Blues as they had two power plays, going 5-on-3 at one point, but could not convert on any of their chances.
Martin St. Lous was called for a hooking, but on the Blues ensuing offensive zone push, Vladimir Tarasenko was tripped. Instead of going 5-on-3 there, Tarasenko was called for embelishment as the Blues retained a one man advantage only.
However, the Blues wouldn't be denied a two-man advantage and Dan Boyle was called on a delay of game penalty. But the Blues came up short.
Back at even stregnth, Ryan Reeves was sent to the box for slashing as the Blues received their first opportunity to kill a penalty. Then both teams go into a tussle along the boards in the Blues' defensive zone and multiple players on both teams were sent off the ice. Steve Ott received an unsportsmanlike penalty while Rangers' Mats Zuccarello was called for boarding on Ott.
Blues finish first period on power play
The Blues showed some life in the final few minutes of the first period as they received their first power play of the season.
Former Blue Lee Stempniak went off for a hooking call, but the Note was unable to convert on the power play as they headed off the ice after the first period still down a goal.
The shot disparity was the biggest concern in the first with the Rangers out-shooting the Blues 16-8.
Elliot gives up goal to Nash in 1st
A rough first four minutes for the St. Louis Blues as they gave up a goal on a turnover in their own zone.
After a block from Kevin Shattenkirk, the Blues couldn't play the puck out as Chris Kreider fed a pass to Rick Nash who beat Brian Elliot for the first goal of the game.
The Blues had a good scoring chance around the 10 minute mark from the line of Jaden Schwartz, Jori Lehtera and Joakim Lindstrom, but a good save despite plent of traffic in front of the net from Henrik Lundqvist stopped the chance.
The Blues started defensive pairing of Shattenkirk and Jay Bouwmeester with an offensive line of Alexander Steen, Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko.
The Rangers countered with Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi with the line of Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Carl Hagelin.