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Great Comeback By Blues

Blues score two goals in last 80 seconds to tie the game against the Bruins today and win in the shootout.

The tying goal with one second left was a bit controversial.  Can anyone say Franzen?

AP game recap...

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Blues Lose Polak To Fractured Foot

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Roman Polak will be sidelined indefinitely with a fractured right foot. He suffered the injury in the third period on Jan. 17 vs. Chicago.  In addition, the club has recalled defenseman Steve Wagner from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

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Blues Continue On Course

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

For the record, Checketts is staying the course. He stands behind John Davidson’s plan to build a contender through player development.

“I know everybody from John on down is working very hard and is upset that our record isn’t better,” Checketts said.

He remains supportive of coach Andy Murray, whose job security has become the subject of Internet speculation.

“The guy is coaching his tail off,” Checketts said. “He’s effective. The guys are playing hard.”

He would like to re-sign Andy McDonald to a new contract rather than trade him away to a contender seeking rental help for the stretch run.

In other words, Checketts said all the right things for a man in his position. And thus far in his regime, Checketts has been a man of his word.

more on the Blues…

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Keenan Calls For Janssen Suspension

from Flames Insider,

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s oddball match against the St. Louis Blues — plenty of bad blood, but, curiously, little pep to the game — Calgary Flames coach Mike Keenan had plenty to say following the 3-1 win.

* About St. Louis RW Cam Janssen’s hits on LW Andre Roy and D Robyn Regehr: “He definitely left his feet (on Roy), and he definitely left his feet on Regehr. The two hits he made . . . he jumped and leaped. He definitely left his feet with the intent of hitting a player who didn’t have the puck. A deliberate intent to injure. There’s no question in my mind. I watched it over and over just to make sure that I was looking at it clearly. It’s up to the officials and the league to address it. He broke Prustie’s jaw (Dec. 5 at St. Louis). But this one was so blatant and so obvious . . . there’s no need for that tactic in the game. You can body guys all you can and drive them with your shoulder, but you start leaping at guys and leaving your feet? Then . . . you losing respect for the game. The league should take some action and suspend them.”

more on the Flames and watch the hit on Regehr below…

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Legace Frustrated

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

Legace, too, has failed to duplicate his All-Star season from last year, and his frustration spilled onto the ice at Friday morning’s practice. Legace was taking shots near the end of practice when he and Blues assistant coach Rick Wamsley engaged in a heated argument. Wamsley and Legace declined to comment after the game.

Legace has had a contentious relationship with the Blues, stemming from his decision to have knee surgery over the summer and a failed attempt to receive a contract extension last summer.

But a source said Friday that the bad blood was frustration from the team not winning. The coaching staff also had been upset with Legace earlier in the practice after he took several minutes to change skates on the team’s bench.

more on the Blues

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Surgery For Kariya

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Paul Kariya’s left hip will require surgery and he will be sidelined indefinitely.

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Andy Murray Calls Out Players, One Responds Back

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

“I didn’t think (Patrik) Berglund was good, I didn’t think (David) Perron was good, I didn’t think (Keith) Tkachuk was good ... I didn’t think (Brad) Boyes was good,” Murray said. “I thought (David) Backes was all right.”...

“The last time I checked, we’re all in this together,” Tkachuk said. “We’ve got a young team. It’s easy to put the blame on each other. I don’t need the coach to tell me through the media, or any other player through the media ... if that’s what he’s searching for, it’s a very young and fragile team to be doing that right now in the middle of the season. But if that’s what he has to do, that’s his decision. He’s the coach.”

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Eric Brewer Undergoing Back Surgery

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that Captain Eric Brewer will have surgery tomorrow on a herniated disc in his back. He will be sidelined indefinitely.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. Timothy Kuklo, MD., JD., at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Brewer’s last game was December 11th in Los Angeles.

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Blues Lose McKee To Broken Finger

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Jay McKee has a fractured left ring finger and will be sidelined indefinitely.  McKee was injured in the third period on Tuesday, Dec. 16 vs. Calgary.  The club has recalled defenseman Jonas Junland from the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

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Blues Have The Effort, But Wins Are Another Story

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

Spectators loved the pace of Tuesday’s game. This is the fast-paced game Gary Bettman wants to see in the new NHL.

There was lots of skating, lots of tape-to-tape passes, lots of odd-man rushes and plenty of high-speed collisions. The game had a terrific flow and it featured sustained action, start to finish.

Unfortunately, the Blues can’t just let it fly right now. It’s not about marketing the sport in a tough economy, it’s about surviving the simultaneous loss of so many key players.

They must find ways to win games with a makeshift lineup. If they can remain viable, they could position themselves for a big second-half run after they key players return.

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