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Afternoon Line- Craig Berube

"We've been in this situation before and I think we're in a good spot. We've been down before in a series, last year, and we came through. This is what our team is built for.

I told them at the beginning of the series that it's going to be a long series, and this is how we play. This is our game. We wear teams down over time in a series, and we're going to get to a Game 7."

-Craig Berube via Jeremy Rutherford tweets.

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The Vancouver Canucks Are A Win Away From Defeating The St. Louis Blues

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

If the Vancouver Canucks go on to win this mesmerizing series and eventually become as good as their young stars promise to be, at least we will know when the new team arrived.

It was Wednesday in the second period of Game 5 against the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues, who appeared to have seized both the game and the playoff series only to have the precocious Canucks take it back from them.

Getting badly outplayed and outshot and trailing 3-1 — and not more only because Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom was sensational — the Canucks surged and scored three times in 6 ½ minutes, and then defended their lead over the final period to win 4-3.

They have a 3-2 series lead during their first playoff adventure since 2015 and on Friday can eliminate the best team in the National Hockey League last season.

But they may have to do so without paramount defenceman Alex Edler, who did not finish Wednesday’s game after suffering a frightening skate cut to the right side of his face late in the second period, one shift after speedy checker Tyler Motte scored the go-ahead goal on the night of his life.

Without Edler and top-four defenceman Tyler Myers, injured in Game 2, the Canucks held the Blues to nine third-period shots and Markstrom saved them all.

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The St. Louis Blues With A Much Needed Win

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

The St. Louis Blues didn’t quite have their Stanley Cup lineup Sunday, but they had their championship game.

They were fast, relentless, physical and punished the Vancouver Canucks for their mistakes. The Blues also had a goalie who could match Jacob Markstrom, as St. Louis coach Craig Berube played his ace card and replaced struggling starter Jordan Binnington with Jake Allen.

Brayden Schenn’s breakaway goal at 15:06 of overtime gave the Blues a 3-2 win and a rocket-boost back into their first-round NHL playoff series against the Canucks. Now trailing only 2-1, the Blues are suddenly a more dangerous team. They now remember what winning is like.

After scuffling disinterested through the hub-city round-robin, then losing their first two games against the Canucks, the Blues hadn’t won a hockey game since the NHL shut down for the novel coronavirus in March.

“We knew they were going to come,” Canucks captain Bo Horvat said. “They’re the defending Cup champs for a reason. They know what it takes to win and they definitely weren’t going to shy away from a fight.”

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The Defending Stanley Cup Champons Are Down 0-2 To The Vancouver Canucks

from Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The bulk of this Blues team overcame the odds countless times last year to hoist Lord Stanley’s trophy, but these odds are unmerciful. The Blues’ only hope heading into Sunday’s Game 3 is that last year’s scar tissue serves as a reminder that even with backs flat against the wall there’s always a way back into a fight.

“You just got to keep playing and eventually things turn,” defenseman and captain Pietrangelo said after Friday’s rapid turn of emotions. “Is it frustrating? Yeah, sure. But we don’t really care what people think outside of our locker room. We had a lot of noise last year, too and look what we did. It’s a new year, obviously. We don’t want to keep going on last year, but the core of this group went through that together and we know how to bounce back from these things.”

Two games down and this has all the makings of a bad matchup for the defending Cup champs. The Blues, still winless in Edmonton, are built to grit and grind teams into submission during a long series. Break their will straight into the boards.

One problem: You can’t punish what you can’t catch. The Blues outhit Vancouver 41-27 Friday, but the Canucks have the speed and puck skills to overcome the pounding and turn the slightest mistakes into scoring chances.

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Afternoon Line- Vladimir Tarasenko

 

Below, watch his full post-practice interview below.

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Video- Talking With Laila Anderson

from NBC Sports,

Kathryn Tappen catches up with Laila Anderson, who updates her health status, discusses the importance of the "Be the Match" registry, the great time she recently had at the Couch2Cure event, and why she loves Joe Buck.

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Marco Scandella With A Four-Year Extension In St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the team has agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension for defenseman Marco Scandella.

The deal is worth $3.275 million per year.

Scandella, 30, was originally acquired by the Blues via trade from the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 18.

The 6-foot-3, 212-pound defenseman has dressed in 11 games for the Blues, logging one assist and four penalty minutes. Prior to joining the team, Scandella appeared in 51 games between the Canadiens (20) and Buffalo Sabres (31) this season, totaling 12 points (four goals, eight assists), a plus-10 rating and 16 penalty minutes.

The Montreal, Quebec, native was originally drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the second round (No. 55 overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft. Across 10 seasons and 580 career regular-season games, Scandella has recorded 137 points (42 goals, 95 assists) and 231 penalty minutes. He has also played in 39 career postseason games, recording nine points (six goals, three assists) and six penalty minutes.

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John Kelly Feeling Much Better

from Don Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“I feel very good,” he said. “I have been past it for a couple weeks.”

Kelly, 59, called the Blues’ last game before the NHL joined the global virus-fueled shutdown of almost all sports. That was on March 11, in Anaheim, Calif. He returned with the team to St. Louis the next day. Then the following day, a Friday, his health had declined to the point he headed to an urgent care facility. The diagnosis: “A virus that would pass,” Kelly said.

But his condition continued to deteriorate and he returned to the urgent care clinic that Monday.

“They did a chest X-ray and discovered my pneumonia and tested me for coronavirus,” Kelly said. “They gave me a breathing treatment there and sent me home with an inhaler and some antibiotics. That was the low point.”

He also was tested for coronavirus, but it took 11 days before he received word that he had tested positive.

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Stay Well John Kelly

The St. Louis Blues have issued the following statement regarding FOX Sports Midwest play-by-play announcer John Kelly, who tested positive for COVID-19:

The St. Louis Blues are confirming that play-by-play announcer John Kelly has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

John has been in self-quarantine since March 13. We are thrilled to report that John is feeling strong and symptom free.

The health and safety of the entire Blues family remains our core focus during these unprecedented times. We wish John well as he continues his recovery at home.

added 6:59pm, Chris Kerber talked with John Kelly, watch below, via Blue Note Productions.

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Video- Oskar Sundqvist Fined For Roughing

NEW YORK (March 9, 2020) – St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for roughing Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist during NHL Game No. 1061 in Chicago on Sunday, March 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 14:54 of the second period. Sundqvist was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing as well as a minor penalty for roughing.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

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