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Video- Zack Kassian And Patrick Maroon Go At It, Twice

A two fight night for the boys.


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Biggest Win Of The Year For The St. Louis Blues

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Biggest win of the year.

Got to call it that.

What we saw out of the Blues on Saturday in Pittsburgh was stupefying, even in a vacuum. But then consider their previous game, in Ottawa.

They couldn’t have played worse against perhaps their worst opponent of the season.

And then Saturday, they couldn’t have played better against one of the better opponents.

St. Louis 5, Pittsburgh 1.

Besides the Blues getting the win, Saturday’s game was reassurance of insurance — a reminder that the Blues can count on non-All-Stars to actually contribute offensively. That’s rather important in the postseason (the Blues have to get there, first).


Below, watch the highlights from the game.

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The St. Louis Blues Shutout By The Ottawa Senators

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

There are all sorts of ways teams can make it to the NHL playoffs, but at some point, you just have to take care of business.

That’s what the Blues’ game on Thursday with Ottawa was: A chance to take care of business. The Blues’ rise back into relevance may have been fostered by wins over teams like Tampa Bay and Nashville during their 11-game win streak, but when you’re presented with a team like Ottawa, which came into the game with the fewest points in the NHL and, after a trade-deadline fire sale was fielding a lineup that included two players making their NHL debuts, those are two points you can’t let get away.

But it’s anything but business as usual for the Blues right now, who with a collection of injuries to goalscorers have seen their offense shrivel up. Down Vladimir Tarasenko and David Perron, two of their top three in goals, scoring continues to be the toughest of assignments and that showed up in a 2-0 loss to lowly Ottawa on Thursday at General Tire Centre.


Game highlights are below.

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Vladimir Tarasenko Out At Least Ten Days

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that Vladimir Tarasenko has an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated in 10 days.

Tarasenko sustained the injury in a 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings on March 7. He recorded a goal and an assist and played 16 minutes and 50 seconds in the game.

In 66 games this season, Tarasenko leads the Blues with 28 goals and ranks second on the club with 58 points.

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A Comeback Win For The St. Louis Blues

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

For all their trials and tribulations over the first 3½ months of the season, the Blues never lost more than three consecutive games in regulation. And three in a row happened only once — against San Jose, Los Angeles and Nashville just before Thanksgiving.

After losses to Carolina and Dallas this past weekend, the Blues were in jeopardy of having it happen again on Wednesday. After building a 3-1 lead, the next three goals belonged to Anaheim, which has the NHL's most feeble offense at just 2.15 goals per game.

As the clock ticked away, it was hard to escape that sinking feeling. With Dallas, Minnesota, Colorado and even Arizona nipping at their heels, a crushing loss appeared imminent for the Blues.

But then lightning struck. Twice. Robert Thomas scored in a 6-on-5 situation with goalie Jordan Binnington pulled in favor of an extra attacker to tie the game at 4-4 with just 1:04 to play. Twelve seconds later, captain Alex Pietrangelo broke the tie, and the Blues left Honda Center with a 5-4 victory over the Ducks.


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All Ryan O’Reilly

from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

ESPN: How have you guys done this? How have you gone from last in the conference to ensconced in a playoff seed in the Central Division?

Ryan O'Reilly: [Laughs] It's been a lot of factors. We started the new season with so many new faces, it took a while to find our groove. And we just stuck with it. Obviously we had our struggles, but we have a really good team. Outstanding goaltending. We have a great "D" corps. We're skating hard and helping our defense and not giving teams anything. It's been fun. Guys are excited with this big climb. And now we're trying to win this division and get the best possible seeding we can.

ESPN: What was the emotional journey like? At one point it was looking like GM Doug Armstrong might slam the button and blow up the team.

O'Reilly: Everyone comes in so gung-ho early in the year. Everyone had such high expectations right off the bat, and I had them too. So it was really disappointing, the way we started. I think the whole hockey world was [disappointed]; like, "What's wrong with these guys? Why aren't they winning? They're in last place." It's an emotional roller coaster. But I remember something my dad told me: To just be patient. It's not easy to win in this league. It takes a while for things to come together, and that's exactly what happened. It was great that they didn't blow the team up. They had faith in us and let us work through it.

more Q & A

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The Better Blues

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The only “BS” he’s fine with is Brayden Schenn and blocked shots.

Craig Berube doesn’t put up with nonsense. He’s demanding, though not demeaning. Honesty isn’t the best policy; it’s the policy.

“When we’re down going into the dressing room, he comes in and definitely calls it what it is,” Blues defenseman Vince Dunn said.

We’d all had enough. And we’d all seen enough with the early-season Blues — enough of this selfish and listless hockey, insipid and uninspired play. Berube took over as coach, but he wasn’t this magician who could wand-wave a winning streak.

At the time, that was a little surprising. But now, as the Blues have become the best story in hockey, the reality is that over a period of time, Berube has cooked up a new culture. His nickname is “Chief,” but he’s more of a chef. And he doesn’t get enough credit for the turnaround.


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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night Candidate

Jake Allen.



added 9:43pm, We could give it to the Islanders too, but they don't have a goalie...

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The Battle In The Central

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

These Central Division rivals are good for each other, despite their adversarial relationship.

The surging Blues pushed the Nashville Predators to muscle up for the stretch run. In turn, the retooled Predators raised the competitive bar for the Blues — reminding them they must keep elevating their game.

And elevate they did Tuesday night at Enterprise Center, clawing out a 2-0 victory over Nashville to extend their late-season rush.


Should these teams square off in the playoffs — which is looking increasingly likely — it would be some battle.

This game started with a careful tone, but gradually the play intensified. By the third period things got festive.

“They got some big guys, we got some big guys, too,” Blues forward Zach Sanford said beforehand. “We don’t really like them, they don’t like us. That heaviness and that physicality takes another step up whenever we face off against them.”


Watch the game highlights below.

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Michael Del Zotto On His Way To St. Louis


added 5:08pm, Blues release is below.

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