Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: St-Louis-Blues

Hitchcock And Halak Disagreement Surfaces

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

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock and goaltender Jaroslav Halak had a heated disagreement outside the club’s locker room the morning of Game 4 in Los Angeles, multiple sources have confirmed to the Post-Dispatch.

The argument was triggered by Halak being late for the Blues’ team meeting before their game-day practice and it escalated when the goaltender vented about his ice time this season, particularly after returning from a groin injury at the end of the regular season.

“These are internal discussions between a player and coach,” Hitchcock said when asked about the incident on Saturday, one day after the Kings eliminated the Blues in the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Halak was unavailable for comment and his agent, Allan Walsh, declined comment.

Halak did not play in the Blues’ final 14 games of the regular season and didn’t make an appearance in the playoffs. Hitchcock said before the series began that Brian Elliott was “the guy we’re going to go with.”

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jaroslav+halak

“Not Good Enough”

Ken Hitchcock with his assessment of the series with the Kings.

Hitchcock starts talking at the :40 second mark.

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ken+hitchcock

Hitchcock Thinking Positive Going Into Game 6

from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

The win was the third straight by the Kings, who once trailed 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. They also trailed Game 4 against the Blues 2-0 and 3-2 and were nearly down 3-1 in the series.

Now the Kings, who became the first road team to win a game in the series, return home to Los Angeles looking to close things out Friday with a win in Game 6.

"You need an all-in mentality and we had that," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We need to come with that same mentality for Game 6. This is not over."

Hitchcock couldn't fault his team's overall effort.

"There's lot of positives," Hitchcock said. "Effort, discipline, structure, whatever you want. There's a lot of positives.

"Overtime's a crapshoot. I know to win the (Stanley) Cup you've got to win most of your overtime games."

more on the game...


 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Evening Line

“Corners come up quick. You round the net and feel like you’re in the corner. It’s just a rounded building. There’s the same surface, but the configuration here for me makes it a different feel. A different feel for the on-ice players, a different feel for the coaches, so things happen a lot quicker in this building and you’ve just got to be ready for it.”

“I’ve said that for years in this building. It’s an interesting building. Some of the buildings are more rectangular in the corners, the rinks, and these are rounded….They round off quick. Both teams are built for this type of surface, so it should be a good game here.”

-Ken Hitchcock, coach of the St. Louis Blues on the Staple Center.  More from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.

Filed in: NHL Teams, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ken+hitchcock

Video- 51 Ticks Left In Regulation, Jackman Scores The Game Winner For Blues

Did Doughty get his stick on the puck to change the angle?

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: barret+jackman

9:30pm ET Start In St. Louis Has Both Sides Talking

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"I don’t know if we’ve done that, but keep the people at the TV networks happy, I guess," Blues captain David Backes said with a shrug after the morning skate Thursday.
"Whatever it is, it is. [The Kings] are playing at the same time."

Anze Kopitar was scratching his head but couldn’t remember ever playing this late.

"I’ve never played an 8:30 game," the Kings star center said after his team’s noon CT skate.

"It’s different, for sure," added Kings veteran Jarret Stoll. "I don’t want to sleep too long today, or else I’ll get groggy. I’ll just hang out and stretch, I guess."...

"It better not get to overtime or I’m going to be asleep on the bench," said Hitchcock after his team’s 11 a.m. skate. "The gap from now to 8:30, I don’t know, there better be some good games on at 6 p.m. [7 p.m. ET] when we’re sitting in the office twiddling our thumbs. It’s a long, long day. I’ve never seen anything like this. This will be interesting."

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Afternoon Line

Filed in: NHL Teams, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ken+hitchcock

Video- Steen With The Game Wiiner In OT For The Blues

A shorthanded goal and a terrible turnover by Quick, not much else to say.

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alexander+steen

In And Back In The Playoffs

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

For Robyn Regehr, it’s felt like eternity.

For Jay Bouwmeester, well, it almost has been.

On Tuesday night, the former Calgary Flames teammates will skate on opposite sides and cherish the chance at playoff hockey when the St. Louis Blues host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.

"It feels like forever. It really does," Regehr, 33, said Monday after practice with his Kings.

"I'm really looking forward to it. You grind it out in the regular season and this is the reward. I really enjoy playoff hockey and looking forward to being part of it again."

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jay+bouwmeester, robyn+regehr

The Blues Are Ready For The Kings

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

Despite the Blues’ bruises this season, they did finish with the sixth-most points in the NHL (60) in the regular season. Like LA last season, they are playing perhaps their strongest hockey heading into the playoffs, going 12-3 down the stretch.

“But you prove everything in the playoffs,” Hitchcock said. “For us to be effective, certain people have to play out of character. That’s what six or eight weeks of hockey is … playing out of character. For us, we just want a chance to prove ourselves.”

For the Blues to prove themselves, however, it means “accomplishing” more than winning just one game or one round, as they thought a year ago.

“I can’t tell you it’s not going to happen (again),” Backes said. “I think it’s something we have to prove by putting the effort in. The group in here has shown at times this year that we’ve got the resiliency and other times maybe we’ve got a little complacent. But winning should make you hungry for more winning, rather than thinking you’ve done something.”

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

« Previous       ‹ First  < 57 58 59 60 61 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts