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Brendan Shanahan reflects on his NHL career and going into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
via the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues telecasts earned their highest October TV ratings in the team’s 18 seasons on FOX Sports Midwest.
Blues games on FOX Sports Midwest averaged a 3.5 household rating in St. Louis in October, according to Nielsen Media Research. That’s up 94 percent vs. October 2011 (1.8) and 13 percent higher than the previous October best on FOX Sports Midwest, a 3.1 in 1997.
Blues hockey performed especially well among young male viewers. Among men 18-49, FOX Sports Midwest was No. 1 in prime time on six of the eight nights it televised a Blues game in October.
from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
The numbers are incredible for Winnipegger Alex Steen so far this NHL season, but St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says they don't even scratch the surface of how good the 29-year-old left-winger has been.
"Everybody is talking about the offensive numbers," Hitchcock said, as the Blues prepared to host the Winnipeg Jets at the Scottrade Center Tuesday night.
"This is just the evolution of a complete player. He's got a good conscience for the game. He sees the game properly. He understands 200 feet offensively and defensively. He gets the idea of proper positioning with pressure. He's able to absorb any role we give him.
"I think all of us are really happy for his offensive numbers, but we're more happy with the way his game has evolved. He has become the collective conscience of our hockey club. On the ice, off the ice, in the weight room, anywhere.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Former Ballwin resident Torre Tyson thought that he and his son, Tagger, would have lots of leg room in the bleachers at the Carolina Ice Palace on Sunday when they showed up for the Blues’ practice.
The club is spending four days in Charleston this week as part of a team-building retreat.
“I thought we’d be the only ones here,” said Tyson, 37, who moved to the area three years ago and was proudly wearing his Bluenote hat Sunday. “I know they have been selling some memorabilia the last two days here, but it’s funny to see all of these people come out of the woodwork in Charleston.”
The Blues hit the ice Sunday morning to an impromptu applause from a hundred or so fans who filled up most of the bleachers.
Brendan Shanahan with the explanation...
Hockey is a fast game and things happen quickly. Fans as well as the NHL have a tendency to react solely to the outcome of the hit. I find it interesting the referees on the ice had no intention of calling a penalty on the play and didn't raise an arm until after realizing Boyle was seriously injured.
This incident was more about bad luck than a bad play.
-Andy Strickland of FoxSports Midwest on the Maxim Lapierre hit on Dan Boyle. More on the hit and other hits in the game too...
Watch the "bad luck" hit below...
from David Pollak of the Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
The post-game news on Dan Boyle was good, but not that good.
“From what I understand he’s doing OK,” Todd McLellan said of the report from Barnes-Jewish Hospital where Boyle was taken. “They’re going to keep him tonight just for some observation.”...
Logan Couture said Lapierre was actually yelling at his line as the Sharks skated by the Blues bench at the end of the first shift.
“After the first shift he’s yelling at us from their bench that he’s coming after us,” Couture said, “and then he does that. I don’t even know. It’s pretty gutless.”
Now obviously the NHL is going to weigh in on that hit and the smart money says Sheriff Shanahan doles out more than six games, maybe lots and lots more. Does Shanahan factor in Couture’s allegation to show premeditation? Does Couture get deposed? Will be interesting.
If you did not see the hit or want to review it again, watch it here...
via Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle left the ice on a stretcher following a hit from behind by St. Louis’ Maxim Lapierre in the first period of the Sharks-Blues game on Tuesday night.
Boyle was motionless on the ice for several minutes after the hit, which occurred in the corner behind Sharks goalie Antti Niemi, and several Sharks players quickly motioned to the benches for team trainers. Boyle, strapped onto the stretcher, managed to raise his right arm as he was being wheeled off of the ice with 14:38 to go in the period.
Lapierre received a five-minute major for checking from behind, a fighting major for dropping the gloves with Andrew Desjardins, and a game misconduct. Ryan Reaves and Matt Pelech also fought after the hit.
added 9:04pm, Below, another video of the hit.
Below, see all the penalties that resulted from the hit.
Two of the NHL's three undefeated teams face off in a nationally-televised matchup that could be an early preview of the Western Conference Final.
The San Jose Sharks (5-0-0) set a franchise record with 24 goals through five games and have at least 47 shots on goal three times (twice at least 50). They begin a stretch of seven of eight games on the road against the St. Louis Blues (4-0-0), a team that's outscored opponents 19-7.
San Jose and St. Louis are first and second in the League with 4.80 and 4.75 goals per game, respectively, and the host Blues are after their seventh win in eight games against their Western Conference rivals.
continue for a look at the 12 games tonight...
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
“I think teams with fast forwards are at a disadvantage for icing now,” Hitchcock said. “You think about this ... you’ve got quick forwards half a step behind a defenseman, you got to the puck every time. Now all it is, it’s a little race to the hash marks. But it’s another 25 feet that you could win the race to … that you don’t win any more.”
Hitchcock admitted that it has a big effect on a team like Chicago.
“They’ve got all kinds of pucks that are now icing … they got them before,” he said. “I think teams that have really quick forwards, the new hybrid icing is a disadvantage now. So instead of a puck possession, it ends up as a face-off in your end.”
Hitchcock charted the hybrid icing calls in the Blues’ first two games that might have been reached by the forwards. The combined number for the Blues and Nashville was 11, and the total for the Blues and Florida was 13.
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