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from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
These are self-examining, soul-searching times for the St. Louis Blues. A strong finish in 2008-09 and a grand beginning to the present campaign have given way to a 10-game stutter step.
Since going to Sweden and sweeping two games against a Stanley Cup finalist from last season — the Detroit Red Wings — a sour Note is 3-6-1 overall and 1-5 in its own building.
To make matters worse, the Blues have gone two games in succession without scoring, six straight periods without seeing a red light. With three more off days before the schedule resumes against Calgary at Scottrade Center on Thursday, there will be extensive appraisal of these figures, in the media and in the team’s practices.
from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,
Every NHL coach would love to have the comfort of having a Martin Brodeur or a Roberto Loungo in goal for 70-80 games a season. But Murray believes he has the next best thing with Mason and Conklin.
Mason put the Blues on his shoulders late last season and led them to the Stanley Cup Playoffs by playing in the final 33 games. He posted an impressive 24-8-6 record down the stretch with five shutouts, a .924 save percentage and a 2.08 goals-against average.
Conklin? All he’s done is register a record of 18-8-5 in Pittsburgh two seasons ago and 25-11-2 last season while helping Pittsburgh and Detroit to the Stanley Cup Final respectively.
more plus Central Division notes…
from Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Here’s somee postgame reaction from the Blues following Saturday’s loss to the Stars.
In the second period, Dallas’ Steve Ott leveled Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. Ott laid a hip check on Colaiacovo, which instigated a team-wide brawl, ending with a combined six penalties on both teams.
“There’s 18,000 people that will agree with me and say that was a dirty hit,” Colaiacovo said. “Hopefully the league will take a look at it, and do what’s right.”
added 3:23pm, I have added the Ott hit on Colaiacovo below the first video.
continued and another hit by Ott should be looked at by the NHL too. Check out the knee on B. J. Crombeen late in the game last night.
via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues forward T.J. Oshie had an emergency apendectomy this morning and will be out of the lineup indefinitely, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.
Oshie went to the hospital Friday night, following the Blues’ 3-1 victory over Minnesota at Scottrade Center. He played 17 minutes, 33 seconds in the game.
The recovery time for the surgery varies from person to person. Blues goaltender Chris Mason had a similar surgery last season and missed approximately two weeks.
“...He made a difference for me in the way that he played and approached the game. He found a way to get himself into an NHL lineup with what I would say not above average skills. He asked a lot of great questions. And those guys like that are on the bubble, they ask a lot of questions because they want the coach to notice them all the time and he was good at that.”
-Bliues Coach Andy Murray speaking about player Dan Bylsma who he coached when Dan was with the Kings. More from Andy Murray by Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has placed center Alex Steen on injured reserve.
Steen injured his right wrist Thursday night in the Blues 3-2 overtime loss in Phoenix. After being examined by Dr. Richard Gelberman, it has been determined that Steen fractured his right wrist and will be out approximately six to eight weeks.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues took a step Thursday night. It was a small step, for sure, but progress nonetheless.
They got a point at Phoenix, reaching overtime against the Coyotes before losing on Ed Jovanovski’s goal. This was not the desired result, of course, but every point matters in the frantic Western Conference race this season.
Andy Murray’s team looked like its old self through the middle portion of the game. The Blues pressed the action and stayed after the puck.
from Blythe Bernhard of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Thirteen people were hurt when a crowded escalator malfunctioned just after a Blues game at Scottrade Center ended Thursday night.
Witnesses said the down escalator near the Clark Street entrance of the arena suddenly sped up and then several of the front steps collapsed into one another, throwing riders forward.
“I fell down and people fell on top of me,” said Tim Peterson, 22, of Collinsville, who had been in the middle of the stairway.
After the speed up, the moving stairway came to a sudden halt, witnesses said. Some riders’ clothing got trapped in the steps.
from Chris Pinkert of St.LouisBlues.com,
What could one possibly give a retired hockey player who already has a Stanley Cup, a Gold Medal, a Norris Trophy, a Conn Smythe Trophy and his retired number hanging from the rafters?
How about a big bronze statue?
Before Thursday’s home opener at Scottrade Center, the Blues unveiled a new statue in honor of Blues defenseman Al MacInnis, who played 10 seasons with the Blues, amassing 452 points (127 goals, 325 assists) in 613 games. The statue is located near the intersection of 14th Street and Clark Avenue, just outside Scottrade Center’s main entrance.
“Some awards, like the Norris Trophy and the Stanley Cup, are awarded every year. Not often do you get a statue,” MacInnis said. “It’s something you put right alongside a retired number in a special category.”
continued with a picture of the statue…
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The hockey operation is in great shape. Good organizational depth extends to the low minor league, junior hockey, the college ranks and Europe. The Blues are good now and they should remain good for many years to come.
Fans waited patiently while Blues president John Davidson, working at Checketts’ behest, stuck to his rebuilding plan. Now the project is almost complete.
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