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Chris Mason On the Blues Play Last Night

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

In case you missed it, here’s what Blues goaltender Chris Mason said following Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Nashville.

“I’m definitely not going to single anybody out, but some guys showed up and worked as hard as they could and some guys didn’t,” Mason said. ”When you’re in a desperate situation like we are, we need everybody to come and compete, and we didn’t have that.”

continue for some reaction from teammates and coach…

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  Tags: chris+mason

Morning Line

“We haven’t had a 40- or 50-goal scorer, and it’s made a big difference.  We thought we had two on the roster, maybe three, with (Andy) McDonald, (Paul) Kariya and (Brad) Boyes. But it hasn’t been the kind of year that we thought it would be.”

-St. Louis Blues Owner Dave Checketts.  More on the Blues from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Blindside Hit?

NHL On The Fly discussed this hit from David Backes against Brian Rafalski last night and said the NHL will be watching for these types of hits.

You have to keep your eye on Rafalski as he dumps the puck in towards Conklin.

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  Tags: brian+rafalski, david+backes

Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond And Cam Janssen Go At It

How about a fight that went around 2 1/2 minutes.

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  Tags: cam+janssen, pierre-luc+letourneau-leblond

Morning Line

“It was more important that we got the two points.  We’re in a battle here, and it was great to get the win here in New York. To get to 400 is a nice thing to happen, but I’ve been fortunate in my career to play with a lot of great players and received a lot of great passes. Terrific play.”

-Paul Kariya of the St. Louis Blues after scoring his 400th goal.  Via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Help Tkachuk Out - Should He Retire?

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

As the regular season winds down, Blues center Keith Tkachuk realizes that it could be his last in the NHL. After 18 seasons, he is considering retirement following this season.

Tkachuk wouldn’t say this morning whether he has made his decision final yet, but the indications are that he’s strongly considering retirement. Either way, Tkachuk said he’ll make the decision “fairly quickly” after the season.

“I’ve got some thoughts running through my mind,” said Tkachuk, who will turn 38 on March 28. “You get older and you’re just not the same way you used to be. It gets a lot harder . . . guys are bigger, faster, stronger. But I know I can compete every night and go out and try to help out in different ways. I’ve played first line, I’ve played second line, I’ve played fourth line, I’ve played center, I’ve played wing. It’s a little different this year, but I still go into every game to prove that I can play and push other guys to perform. Like anybody else, you want to play as well as you can.

continued

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Derek Boogaard vs. D.J. King Today

Oh boy as Panger says… Two heavyweights go at it.

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  Tags: d.j.+king, derek+boogaard

Blues Feel They Are Still In The Playoff Hunt

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

As the Blues prepare for game No. 67 of their season tonight, the team is in the same neighborhood in the Western Conference standings as it was a year ago.

In 2009, the Blues were in 12th place in the West with 68 points; before Friday’s games, they were in 10th place in the conference with 71 points. Like last season, only a few points separate them from the eighth and final playoff spot at this point….

We’ve been there before, and we’ve proven it to ourselves and everyone else that if we put our minds to it, the point deficit isn’t insurmountable,” Blues center David Backes said.

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Wings Rolling And Can The Blues Make The Playoffs?

from Jeff Godon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Mike Babcock’s team is finally healthy. The Red Wings finally turned to Jimmy Howard as the lead goaltender, moving Chris Osgood aside.

They will fly past Nashville next, then take aim at Colorado and Los Angeles on the conference pecking order. Before the season ends, that team will secure a decent playoff seed and the opportunity to take another run at the Stanley Cup.

So what does that mean to the Blues?

Despite Detroit’s takeoff, the traffic between the Blues and postseason play is starting to clear. To reach the playoffs, the Note must overtake Dallas, Calgary, and Nashville and hold off Anaheim.

That will be a difficult task, but hardly impossible. Let’s look at those teams:

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Yan Stastny To Vancouver

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Vancouver acquires Yan Stastny. Confirmed.

for Cedric Labrie

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