Patrick Maroon would be returning to his hometown as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup Title with the St. Louis Blues last season.
There was a special pregame ceremony for him. He received his championship ring. Maroon received a big standing ovation from St. Louis’s fan base.
When it was game time though, the game was tied at one in the third-period and Oskar Sundqvist scored the game-winning goal 6:16 into the third-period for the Blues and St. Louis won the game over Tampa Bay by a score of 3-1.
Anthony Cirelli scored with 3:24 remaining in the first-period for the Lightning. He went five-hole on Jordan Binnington.
David Perron tied the game at one for the St. Louis Blues with 3:36 remaining in the second-period.
Jaden Schwartz scored an empty-net goal for St. Louis with five seconds remaining in regulation.
Nikita Kucherov left this game with an injury in the third-period for the Lightning and he did not return.
Andrei Vasilevskiy was solid once again in net for Tampa Bay in a losing effort. He recorded 33 saves in this game.
Jordan Binnington didn’t face many shots in this game. He recorded 17 saves in this game for the Blues.
These two teams will play each other one more time this season next Wednesday in Tampa Bay, Florida at Amile Arena.
Their three-game winning streak was snapped. If the season ended right now, they would be on the outside looking in.
As for St. Louis, they would be the number one seed in the Central Division right now.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will next play against the Chicago Blackhawks on the road on Thursday night.
The St. Louis Blues will next play against the Calgary Flames at home on Thursday night.