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Video- It Appears The Wings Caught A Break

 

 

 

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The Winnipeg Jets Beat The St. Louis Blues In A ‘Playoff’ Type Game

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

If this is what Stanley Cup playoff hockey would look, sound and smell like, the Winnipeg Jets and their long-suffering faithful have one message/plea to the gods of hockey:

Abso-bleeping-lutely, please.

The Jets and St. Louis Blues served up a dandy Thursday night in front of an even-more-raucous-than-usual MTS Centre crowd with the home side emerging from a heavyweight bout with a 2-1 shootout victory that just oozed playoff intensity from the opening puck drop to the final horn.

The victory extends the Jets win streak to three games, keeps them above the playoff line in the Western Conference playoff race and -- almost as important -- ends a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) against their Central Division rivals in the Blues.

"I'm not worried about our team playing over the edge with energy," said Jets coach Paul Maurice. "We spent everything we had and we needed the fans to be as great as they were in that building tonight because they had a lot to do with us playing that hard for that long."

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The St. Louis Blues Are At The Top Of Their Game

from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The win over Calgary allowed the Blues to leapfrog Nashville into first place in the division with 95 points, one more than the Predators. But more important to the team, its second straight shutout and third in four games is proof that everything seems to be clicking on cue.

“The timing of the season, things are amping up,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “Our checking is starting to get back to the level that it was at previously. We’ve got some firepower to score goals. When we’re on top of things, it’s hard to shut down three lines.

“We seem to have the right mix offensively, somebody is coming through for us and then defensively we’re all pretty much committed right now. (And) our goaltending has been the story the last 10 days or so. These guys have given us a chance to win every night.”

The Blues have 12 games remaining in the regular season, including the next four on the road. They are 12-2-1 in their last 15 road games, averaging 3.46 goals per game and allowing 1.93.

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Video- The St. Louis Blues Thought They Had A Goal

The puck did go in the net, but not between the goal posts.

 

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The St. Louis Blues Sit Atop The Central Division

from Craig Custance of ESPN,

First, congratulations to St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock on 700 NHL wins. Thursday night's shutout win over the Philadelphia Flyers put him in a 700 club that includes just three others: Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour and Joel Quenneville. That's amazing company and Hitchcock, one of the greats, deserves to be there.

As for the shorter-view accomplishment, that win did something else pretty amazing. It allowed the Blues to catch the Nashville Predators for the top spot in the Central Division. We can't say for sure that the Predators collapse timed up neatly with good friend Scott Burnside's visit to Nashville, but something has gone horribly wrong there and the Blues are taking advantage.

The only problem? At this point, it just means they'd get the Los Angeles Kings in the first round instead of the Chicago Blackhawks. There just isn't an easy path coming out of the Central.

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Video-What Can You Say Except It Was A Bad Goal Given Up By Ondrej Pavelec

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

... despite rallying from a 4-1 deficit with three goals in the third period, the Jets left Scottrade Center empty-handed after Ondrej Pavelec was fooled by a long shot by defenceman Barret Jackman from just outside the blue line with 63 seconds left in regulation as the St. Louis Blues skated away with a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night.

Pavelec came on in relief at 11:09 of the second period and was mostly brilliant, turning aside the first 19 shots that he faced.

But it was the seeing-eye wrister from Jackman that is going to be plastered all over the highlights and will likely be the lasting memory.

“It went in. It was nothing more magical than that,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice, when asked for an explanation of what he saw on the game-winning goal.

In watching the replay, it wasn't even clear if Jackman was trying to dump the puck in or actually take a shot on net.

Pavelec declined all media requests, choosing not to provide a description of the play in question.

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All Ken Hitchcock

from Curtis Rush of the Toronto Star,

The Star chatted with Hitchcock on Friday, a day before the Blues faced the Leafs, and we asked him about coaching and innovations in hockey.

You don’t allow players to hang their heads on the bench. Why?

We hate that here because there’s body language that the opposition is looking at. You never want the opposition to say you’re discouraged, we don’t put up with it. There are no sloped shoulders.

You speak of ownership from the team’s best players. What does that mean?

I think if the best players aren’t leading it becomes a little bit chaotic, so we ask our top players to lead us, not just in the games but in the practices. The demands we place on them aren’t so much what they say, it’s how they perform everyday when we’re together.

Have you ever been offered a chance to coach the Leafs, and would you if the chance presented itself?

I’m not commenting on that one, they have a coach.

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Toronto Trades Ollie Jokinen To St. Louis

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Arizona Trades Zybenek Michalek To St. Louis

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St. Louis release is below....

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Columbus Trades Adam Cracknell To St.Louis

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded right wing Adam Cracknell to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for future considerations, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Cracknell, 29, recorded an assist and two penalty minutes in 17 games with the Blue Jackets and added 3-4-7 and two penalty minutes in 18 games with the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons this season after being claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on October 7. The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native has appeared in 82 career NHL games with Columbus and St. Louis, registering 6-11-17 and 14 penalty minutes.

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