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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has placed forward Vladimir Sobotka on injured reserve with a left leg injury. Sobotka, who was recently named to the Czech Republic’s roster, will miss the 2014 Winter Olympics and be re-evaluated in four weeks.
Sobotka, 26, has dressed in 46 games, posting 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) and 46 penalty minutes while leading the National Hockey League (NHL) with a 60.9% success rate on faceoffs this season.
The 5’11, 200-pound forward is currently in his seventh NHL season and fourth with the Blues. Overall, he has accumulated 115 points (33 goals, 82 assists) and 256 penalty minutes in 366 career regular season games.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
We can envision various legal plays when a player is allowed to deliberately turn and angle his skate to direct a puck into the net or even makes a 'natural' sliding stop at the crease in order to contact the puck causing it to enter the goal. Unless there has been some change in the definition and criteria of a "distinct kicking motion" it makes no sense that Thomas Vanek's goal would be disallowed through a video review decision.
If there has been a "distinct" change in the criteria that the Situation Room employs in rendering their exclusive decisions, perhaps it is time they advise the rest of the hockey world! Until that takes place, Michael, this decision will be viewed by most as "simply a bad call by the guys in Toronto!"
But, the situation room in Toronto reversed the call, no goal for Thomas Vanek.
The Blues won in the shootout.
Vanek on the call post-game...
The only information from the Blues is Steen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Others say it was not a butt end which was in his glove.
Me, I can't tell, how about you?
No penalty on the play...
Eric Gelinas of the Devils scores from center ice on Jaroslav Halak of the Blues.
“We were poor right across the board. Poor with our discipline. Our top players took poor penalties, poor in every aspect of our game.
“It’s disappointing. We’re going to have to regroup. This is on everybody. It’s on me, it’s on the players ... it’s a total team loss. It’s just disappointing to put in an effort like (Monday) and to come back and play like we did today.”
-Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the St. Louis Blues after losing to the Devils 7-1. More on the game from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has activated forward Alexander Steen from injured reserve. Steen will be in the lineup when the Blues host Anaheim tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Scottrade Center.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Just when you're ready to believe that maybe the Blues have passed the rival Kings, Los Angeles sends a stark reminder that it remains big brother in that rivalry.
The Kings got two goals from Trevor Lewis and a strong performance from Jonathan Quick, sending a message with a 4-1 win that there's room for growth in St. Louis.
After the game, goalie Jaroslav Halak took the blame for the loss after misplaying a puck in the corner that led to a Kings short-handed goal, but even without that misstep the Kings were better team. The Blues can't hang their heads for long though, because the powerhouse Ducks are coming to town and will be ready to pounce on any mistake the Blues make.
more from Burnside on the Wings, on the Sharks and Strang on the Islanders...
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