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Ken Hitchcock’s :37 Second Post-Game Press Conference

One statement from Ken Hitchcock after the Blues lost to the Coyotes 4-1 tonight, their 4th loss in a row.

Listen to the conference...

added 11:54pm, from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

“There’s no more talking now,” Backes said. “We’re at Game 82 tomorrow, let’s go out there and do what we know we have to do. Either we commit to this team game the way we have to be successful, or we’re going to be talking like this in more scrums.

“We’ve got one game tomorrow to wrap it up and then we’re playing for keeps with a clean slate in the playoffs.”

Backes was asked if the Blues’ clinching a playoff spot so early took a bit of steam from the team’s stretch run. Another question centered around sending a message Friday to the Coyotes, a potential playoff opponent.

“If there was, we didn’t send it very well,” Backes said. “I think the message was sent that they have life if they’re playing us and we need to reestablish our dominance.

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Hitchcock Adjusts To The Current NHL Player

from Pat Borzi of the New York Times,

More than 20 years ago, before winning a Stanley Cup with Dallas in 1999 and amassing close to 600 victories, Hitchcock coached major junior hockey in Kamloops, British Columbia. After Columbus fired him, Hitchcock spent a year and a half as an N.H.L. scout and minor league consultant for the Blue Jackets. In that time, he studied the makeup of prospects and young professionals.

“The thing that stuck out in my mind, this is junior hockey played by professional athletes,” Hitchcock said last week outside the St. Louis dressing room. “They have the same fun-loving disposition about them. Attention span is short. They’re a little bit older. They’ve got a little bit more money. But they’re still kids. So that has been my attitude every day: how would I coach back in the ’80s?”

To adjust, Hitchcock scaled back his overbearing manner. He yelled less and instructed more. He relied on veterans like the captain David Backes and the alternate captain Jamie Langenbrunner, who played for Hitchcock in Dallas and in the minors, to spread his message. And when Hitchcock criticized a young player or adjusted his role, he offered a suggestion for improvement.

The results? Though lacking a superstar, the Blues surged behind strong checking, brutally efficient special teams — all Hitchcock trademarks — and record-setting goaltending.

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Blues Completely Healthy After Two Years

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

With the return Saturday of Andy McDonald, Matt D’Agostini and Roman Polak, the Blues will have their entire roster healthy and available for the first time since March 3, 2010 - a span of 160 games.

“I was in the middle of one of the drills (at Friday’s practice) ... we were doing 5 on 5 and it seemed like every line was battling with every line,” Blues forward T.J. Oshie said. “It wasn’t one line dominating another. I looked over at (Carlo Colaiacovo) and I said, ‘We’ve got a really deep team when everybody is out here.’

“You look at the guys that are sitting out, guys that have been impact players and have been key role players during the season when guys have been hurt ...they’re the (extra) guys right now. It just shows the work that management did in the summer. It’s a great feeling having everyone out there on the ice.”

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The Record Setting Blues

ST. LOUIS – With a 3-0 victory over Nashville Tuesday night at Scottrade Center, the Blues set a new franchise record with their 30th home win of the season, surpassing the previous mark (29) set by the 1980-81 team.  The Blues also tied a modern era (since 1967-68) NHL record with their 15th shutout overall this season and set a new team record for consecutive shutout minutes.  In addition, Brian Elliott set a new single-season Blues record with his ninth shutout of the year as well as set a new personal best and Blues record for consecutive shutout minutes.  Elliott also tied a Blues record for most consecutive shutout games with his third in a row.

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Video- Another Skate To The Face

I do believe this is the fourth night in a row we’ve witnessed s skate to the head/face of a player.

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Evening Line

“You know, when you’re on a good run, you don’t think about many things, you just go out and play and try to have fun and help the guys get the points and win the games.  That’s all you can do as a goalie.

“Right now, we are in the playoffs. Not everybody makes it. We are one of the fortunate ones that can play for the Cup. It’s a great feeling right now. We’ve just got to stay with [our] feet on the ground.”

-Jaroslav Halak, goaltender for the St. Louis Blues.  More on Halak from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

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Where’s The Love For The Blues?

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN answers some rant email,

Pierre, this rant is directed towards the media. Saturday the Blues beat the Lightning 3-1, and were the first team to make it to 100 points. They were also the very first team to clinch a playoff birth. Were they on the homepage? No. They at least had to be the lead on the NHL homepage? No. They were fifth on the list. Really? Is the bias really that big? News is news, and the team that is first in the NHL needs to get some respect, regardless of the size of the market. A Journalist’s job is to get the story out there, the one that means the most to the league. The Blues were the first to clinch a spot, and that is more newsworthy than any score on that day. Florida can wait. Pittsburgh can wait. The Rangers have had their time. The team that is getting stuff done day in and day out deserves the credit. Get your act together and realize that the Blues are legit this year. Get used to writing about them, they’re going to be in the playoffs for a while.

My take Well, you’ll be happy to know that yours truly is planning on beginning his two-month playoff trek in St. Louis come the first round. So there you go, ESPN.com in the house, baby!

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Andy McDonald Listed As Week-To-Week

via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,

Per Hitchcock, McDonald (shoulder) is being listed as week to week. Expected to be available for playoffs.

If you missed the hit on McDonald last night, you can view it here.

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Video- Hitchcock Unhappy With Ruutu Hit On McDonald

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

Blues left winger Andy McDonald suffered a right shoulder injury in the second period of Thursday’s 2-0 loss in Carolina and did not return.

“He has a shoulder injury ... we’ll evaluate him tomorrow,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.

McDonald was hit by Carolina’s Tuomu Ruutu and crashed awkwardly into boards with about 6 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the period. He lay on the ice briefly before rising to his feet and heading to the locker room.

Blues captain David Backes gave Ruutu a push after the play. There was no penalty called, much to Hithcock’s unsatisfaction.

“I didn’t like the hit,” Hitchcock “I thought the hit was certainly a penalty, whether it’s a suspension or not, who knows? But that’s what’s wrong with our game. The player was in a vulnerable position. He knocked his stick to knock him off balance and then pushed him hard into the boards. It’s a real tough play in hockey.”

continued and watch the hit below…

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Blues’ Sale May Be Done In A Few Weeks

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

The sale to a group led by club minority owner Tom Stillman recently has made substantial progress, and the expectations are that a deal might be closed in a matter of weeks.

The NHL, which seized control of the Blues from former chairman Dave Checketts, is running the sale process. In late January, league deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the target for completion was March. And though the process might not be wrapped up by the end of the month, he remains confident that the sides are nearing an agreement.

“We remain singularly focussed on Tom Stillman completing his proposed transaction to purchase the St. Louis Blues’ franchise,” Daly wrote in an email to the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday. “The process is progressing positively, and we have no reason to think that it won’t get done in the relatively near future.”

Meanwhile, multiple sources said that Stillman’s group has plans, though not finalized, to bring in Blues’ Hall of Famer Brett Hull in a managerial position. It’s also believed that Blues President John Davidson and general manager Doug Armstrong would remain on board.

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