Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Scott Powers of ESPN,
Facing Eastern Conference competition has been very rewarding to the St. Louis Blues this season. The Blues are on a seven-game winning streak and are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games thanks to their dominance against the East.
Seven of those nine victories were against Eastern Conference foes. The Buffalo Sabres put up challenge against the Blues on Thursday -- St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen and Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth both played well -- but the Blues were too much in the end and pulled out a 3-0 win.
The Blues improved to 15-3-2 overall against the East and possess the best cross-conference record in the NHL. The Blues' recent success has also helped them in the Central Division. They have now matched the Nashville Predators with 72 points through 51 games.
read on for more hockey topics from the ESPN writers...
Backes was thankful that the NHL's Player Safety Department saw the hit on the Capitals' Karl Alzner the way hit did, deciding not to issue supplemental discipline.
"Yeah, it's nine years now and I've had one major penalty that was quickly rescinded right after that," Backes recalled. "Now this one, where I think it's pretty benign — he hops back up and doesn't miss a shift.
"Never looking to hurt anyone out there. The rules are the rules, I guess, and if there's blood, (then the ejection was warranted).
via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where you can read more on the Blues...
If you missed the hit, watch it below...
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will undergo abdominal surgery after suffering an i
Shattenkirk will have the surgery in the next seven to 10 days and be listed as week-to-week following the procedure.
Shattenkirk, 26, leads all defensemen with 32 assists and ranks second with 40 points overall through 49 games this season.
In addition, the 6-foot, 202-pound rearguard ranks second among all skaters with 24 power-play points, including a career-high 20 power play assists.
The Blues announced he would not return today, lower-body injury.
added 2:52pm, video of the hit below...
Brodeur deserved the same grand sendoff that Steve Yzerman and Nicklas Lidstrom got in Detroit, that Mike Modano got in Dallas even after leaving for the Red Wings, that Daniel Alfredsson got in Ottawa even after an apparent fracture with management and ownership.
Maybe Brodeur’s ego was still hurt that he wanted to play one more year and Lou Lamoriello wouldn’t make it happen. Maybe Lou was just being stubborn Lou and didn’t feel it was important enough to make sure Thursday’s event was in Newark, not St. Louis.
But it’s a real shame it did. It was the most unemotional presser you’ve ever seen for a player as great as Brodeur. The Devils were barely mentioned, his Hall of Fame career almost glossed over.
-Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on Martin Brodeur. Read more from Russo plus other hockey topics...
Did he lose the puck or just relax?
from Jeff Blair of Sportsnet,
It seldom ends in a nice, neat package any more, because we are in sports Viagra era.
We live longer and our idols tend to perform at passable or better levels for longer periods of time because of better training, nutrition, medicine, travel — and, drug-testing often being half a step behind the cheaters, sometimes chemical intervention.
Go hard, don’t worry about going home.
It’s still said that if Wayne Gretzky can be traded, than anyone can be traded. True. The addendum is that if Gretzky can play out the string with the New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues, than anyone ought to be able to play out the string for whomever and for however long they want.
Still, watching Martin Brodeur retire from the NHL on Thursday surrounded by the logo and colours of a team for which he’s played all of seven games seemed a little much, even by todays standards of disposability.
He’s a New Jersey Devil — no, he IS the New Jersey Devils.
continued which includes an interview Elliotte Friedman did with Brodeur today...
(Jan. 29, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that in conjunction with his retirement from the National Hockey League (NHL), Martin Brodeur will remain with the Blues as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager.
Martin Brodeur will announce his retirement today at a press conference in St. Louis.
The conference is scheduled to begin at 11:30am ET and you can watch it below...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org