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Listen, do me a favor, tell Patrick (Roy) he can talk to you Adrian (Dater).  Don't come in here and comment on him. So I've done my commenting on him. He can say whatever he wants. He always has something to say after every game, so...

-Ken Hitchcock, coach of the St. Louis Blues during his post-game conference which I watched.

Patrick Roy made a few post-game comments, here is one...

 

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added 8:26pm, Watch the Hitchock conference below...

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Video- Avs/Blues Turns Into A Penalty Fest

The Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 4-0 today.

This hit started some of the action in the 3rd period.

 

Bordeleau and Jackman both received unsportsmanlike penalties on the play, then the rest of the 3rd period went like this...

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Video- Marcus Foligno Suffers A Knee Injury

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

The Sabres played most of the game a man short after Marcus Foligno left just 1:58 into the contest with what looked like a severe right knee injury following a collision in front of the Blues’ net. Nolan said the injury is “not as ‘bad bad’ as we think” but that Foligno would miss the final six games.

more on Buffalo's 2-1 loss to St. Louis...

 

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Will Ryan Miller Sign With The Blues Or Test The UFA Market?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

There are some who felt the Blues would wait to see how Miller performed in the playoffs before making that decision, but not so. They’ve already decided they want to keep him but won’t begin contract talks until after the year is over.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Miller gives it some serious thought. St. Louis is an awfully popular city with players, and the Blues will be a contender for a few more years to come.

On the flip side, July 1 isn’t that far away and he’s never been on the open market.

He’s been linked rumor-wise in the past to Anaheim in part because Miller’s wife is an actress in Los Angeles and the netminder works out in Southern California every summer.

But the Ducks have Frederik Andersen and John Gibson -- two young netminders they’re very high on -- plus, who knows what happens with Jonas Hiller (UFA on July 1). 

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Morning Line

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Video- Steve Downie Out With Upper-Body Injury

Watch the play below...

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Blues Fans May Be In Panic Mode, But Not the Team

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

The final horn hadn’t yet sounded Wednesday on the Blues’ 4-0 loss to Chicago, and many panicking fans were sounding off with predictions about what will prevent the club from winning its first Stanley Cup this season.

The defeat was the Blues’ first in regulation in their last 10 games, but after legitimate fretting this season over the inability to beat the three California teams, an outcry that they can’t beat the NHL’s top squads continued after a loss to the defending champions.

“Well, we’re 3-1 against Chicago this year,” defenseman Alex Pietrangelo countered. “People can say what they want but we’ve outplayed them when we’ve played them. They outplayed us last game. It’s going to happen. We believe in what we have in this room. We’ve been playing some really good hockey all year. A loss is a loss. Unfortunately it came against them and the way it happened. We’re moving on.”

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In A Top Western Conference Game, Blues Lose To Blackhawks

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

With a chance to be the first NHL team to punch their playoff ticket in 2013-14, the Blues proved that they’re not quite ready.

Chicago, which improved to 11-1-3 on the second night of back-to-back games, recovered from an overtime loss in Philadelphia on Tuesday and polished off the Blues 4-0 in front of a crowd of 21,640 at United Center.

“Good wake-up call,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “They’re the Stanley Cup champions for a reason. They know when to turn the temperature up. No matter what happens in the regular season, everybody in the West, to even give (Chicago) a go, you’re going to have to dial it up. They’re getting ready and it’s up to us to get ready. That’s the task. They dialed it up and we didn’t play well.”...

The loss to the ’Hawks was the Blues’ first in regulation this season to a division opponent (20-1-2), and it marked the club’s first regulation loss with goaltender Ryan Miller in net (7-1-1).

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The Blues Have More On Their Mind Than Just Making The Playoffs

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

"It's a minor goal on the way to our major goal," Blues captain David Backes said. "That's nice to have with a number of games remaining in the season but our ultimate goal this year was not to get into the playoffs. It shows you the evolution and the culture around here. That's what we were trying to create a few years ago and now we've started to create it. We need this to be perpetual."

The Blues have 101 points and could become the first team in the NHL this season to clinch a spot with any kind of win over Chicago.

"Hopefully we can clinch that, but right now we're in kind of playoff mode a little bit where we need to still make a couple of steps to be where we need to be at entering playoffs," said Blues forward T.J. Oshie, who will be back in the lineup after becoming a first-time father on Monday. "So tonight is a big test for us and a big stepping stone."

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Do You Want To See A Bruins/Blues Stanley Cup Final?

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

The beauty of the Stanley Cup playoffs lies in its democracy. Once invited, every team has a chance to win it all. That can be fun -- after all, everyone loves an underdog -- but it doesn't always mean we get the best hockey.

So maybe this time around, the Hockey Gods will ditch the whole Cinderella angle and give us the series we truly deserve.

St. Louis vs. Boston.

That might not be the matchup that fans of the Blackhawks or Sharks or Penguins are hoping for, but what a gift to the game that one would be.

Since returning from the Olympic break, the Blues and Bruins have rolled over all comers on an apparent collision course for the Cup final.

continued plus this week's power rankings...

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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