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Marc-Edouard Vlasic clears the puck in to his own net.
In case you were wondering, Dan Boyle was on the ice.
Blues lead 1-0 at the end of one periond.
added 9:09pm, Below is the Blues broadcast team with the call…
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has recalled goaltender Jake Allen under emergency conditions from the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.
Brian Elliott is day-to-day with an upper body injury.
One statement from Ken Hitchcock after the Blues lost to the Coyotes 4-1 tonight, their 4th loss in a row.
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.
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.
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.”
more on the 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.
I do believe this is the fourth night in a row we’ve witnessed s skate to the head/face of a player.
“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.
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!
more rant answers…
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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