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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The overtime goal by Erik Johnson that beat Pittsburgh 1-0 might have been the result of the Blues’ approach to OT under coach Davis Payne.
Fans aimed complaints at former coach Andy Murray for having a conservative, defense-minded philosophy in overtime. Under Payne, the philosophy seems to be more offense-oriented.
Four of the Blues’ seven games this season have gone to overtime, and the team is 2-2. But in those games, the Blues have given themselves an improved chance of winning, outshooting their opponents by a combined total of 13-7.
“Our mentality in overtime is to play our game,” Payne said. “We’ve got skill and ability, and when we get the puck, we want to try and score that goal. On the flip side of that, when we don’t have (the puck), we’ve got responsibilities. Four-on-four, we want to attack the areas that are available to us.”
We’ve got some catching up to do as I intentionally stayed off the radar this weekend. (For the first time since the arrival of our second son, we had no visitors! Bliss!) Quick cheers for Friday and Saturday night’s action and then onto toasts and a few highlights from yesterday’s games:
Friday’s Three Cheers:
***Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa: Hat trick, 1,000th career point in 4-2 Senators’ win in Buffalo.
**Rene Bourque, Calgary: Hat trick, assist in 6-2 Flames’ win in Columbus.
*Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay: Hat trick, assist in 5-2 Lightning win in Atlanta.
Saturday’s Three Cheers:
***John Tavares, NYIslanders: First career hat trick in 4-3 loss at Florida.
**Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis: 31 saves in 1-0, overtime blanking of visiting Pittsburgh.
*Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit: Two goals, four points in a 5-4 squeaker over Anaheim at the Joe.
And, finally, on to Sunday’s honors:
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Plus Danica with a between the period interview.
Today’s salute to the performances of yesternight, honoring those who shined in leading their clubs to victory:
***Cheers to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who is showing marked improvement early this season and who was named first star in Tampa’s 5-4 win over the visiting Dallas Stars last night. Hedman managed a pair of assists and led all skaters in ice time, sparking an offensive rush on several occasions and, most importantly, playing adept defense in his own end. It is early, as we must continue to note for all who have had fast starts, but Hedman’s growth in year two will play a major factor in the Lightning’s fortunes. So far, with few hiccups, they must be pleased. (Note: They are. Coach Guy Boucher singled Hedman out with post-game praise after the Dallas game.)
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Ty Conklin with the glove save…
Death, taxes and JJ’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly…
The alternative to the standard game recap became a staple of my Tampa Bay Lightning coverage last season and it was only a matter of time before it made its season debut here.
Sure, the title of the regular feature has now been copied by a second-rate Bolts blog as of this morning but the content can’t hold a candle to the original and, hell, you’re here with me and they’re, well… They’re sleeping, I’m sure, on Pacific Time and what not… (Lightning coverage from California? Now that’s insight!)
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Janssen wast taken to a local hospital for tests and observation.
added 1:39pm, via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,
Janssen out two weeks with concussion and sternum contusion.
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
If the Blues are to return to the NHL postseason, these are at least five things that must happen:
Breakout seasons: I don’t care who it is; the Blues need ‘em from a lot of the players. Will Johnson’s development elevate him to a spot among the top 10 defensemen in the NHL this season? Can “Petro” settle down and help the Blues’ stagnant (last season) transition game with his passing and skating? Is Perron ready to hit the 25 or 30-goal level? What’s up with Patrik Berglund? Is his enormouls talent still on the layaway plan or will he display the necessary urgency this season? Does T.J. Oshie have a 25-goal season in him this season?
from the Mail Online (U.K.),
Michael Kim, host of ESPN America’s SportsCenter, looks ahead to the new NHL season
With another NHL season upon us, I recently had the chance to catch up with ESPN hockey analysts Barry Melrose and Matthew Barnaby.
We discussed some of the key topics heading into the season and gave them the opportunity to provide several predictions.
Q: A year ago, the Colorado Avalanche surprised many hockey fans and media with how well they played last season. Which team will surprise this season?
BM: Maybe the St. Louis Blues. Like the Colorado Avalanche, they can skate. They lost some players, like Keith Tkachuk, but you have others who can step up. They’ve got a lot of great, young players. They’ve got a great defence. They’ve got solid goaltending. I think St. Louis is going to open a lot of eyes. I liked them last year.
MB: And then, they went out and acquired the hottest goaltender in the playoffs, Jaroslav Halak from Montreal. I totally agree. I think St. Louis is going to make the playoffs. Halak was the story of the postseason last year.
more Q & A…
In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys offer their conference forecasts, predicting teams 15 all the way to 1 for both the West and the East. Cramming details for all 30 teams into an hour show proved to be a formidable task, with those projected as non-playoff clubs getting far lengthier explanations than those the hosts see qualifying for postseason play. Spoiler alert: Obligatory Alex Tanguay cracks included, the Lightning make the playoffs and Jon’s orange-and-blue hallucinations return (sort of).
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