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Steve Ott went feet first into the boards.
No report yet but Ott had to have help getting to the dressing room.
added 8:13pm, Ott has a lower-body injury, will not return.
added 8:32pm, Another view below...
from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The rookie season of Blues defenseman Colton Parayko appeared to be in serious jeopardy in the third period of Friday’s game against the New York Islanders.
Parayko fell awkwardly on his right leg and had to be escorted to the locker room. But much to the shock of his teammates and coach, the defenseman returned about three minutes later.
“It was scary,” Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. “Obviously something going on in that blood, the kid is a machine. He gets back up, comes back and plays. I was surprised. I was getting ready to play five (defensemen) the rest of the way.”
from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
“All over the ice it seemed it was real sloppy, a lot of turnovers, myself included,” Ott said. “You chase the game when you turn over the puck as much as we were doing tonight. It seemed like we couldn’t get anything going.” Asked if that was the result of the Blues’ play or the Panthers’, Ott said: “I’d say us.”
Hitchcock agreed. “To me, everything is work based,” he said. “When you play with a work base, you play in straight lines. You don’t play cute. You get on the grind, you wear teams down. That’s how we’re built. We didn’t want to play that way today. We didn’t give Florida near the respect they deserved. We wanted to play a slow, east-west game and we couldn’t. … It’s disappointing. But the next two days give us a chance to really work and get on the grind and that’s what we’ll do. Hopefully we’ll get our game back in order for the weekend.”
“Kind of a sloppy game, especially through neutral zone,” said defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who had his eight-game point streak snapped. “They played a pretty passive system and did a good job of clogging things up. That’s where we really looked out of sorts. It didn’t give us a chance to get our speed going into the zone and establish a forecheck. Everything else was just a little off tonight.”
more on the game
Game highlights are below...
Why were the Blues so successful on face-offs Saturday against Columbus? You'll remember they won 37 of 53 (69.8%) of the draws.
Well, Hitch knows why: "The other team was cheating, and we got the linesman to square them up and they didn't win any draws because of it.
Hitch: "They were turning and cheating and we dinged them on it. They had to go about it with fair play and they couldn't beat us."
Hitch: "They had a couple of guys who got us in Columbus. We asked for help on it and we didn't get it, and we got it the last game."
-Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the St. Louis Blues via Jeremy Rutherford tweets.
(Nov. 13, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has placed forward Martin Havlat on unconditional waivers. Havlat is seeking his unconditional release from the team due to personal reasons. Havlat has asked for privacy at this time and neither he or the Blues will have any further comment on the matter.
Havlat, 34, was originally brought in by the Blues on a professional tryout and signed a one-year contract on Nov. 6. The 6'2, 210-pound forward appeared in two games with the club, recording one goal.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Martin Havlat to a one-year contract.
In addition, the Blues released forward Dainius Zubrus from his professional tryout.
Havlat will wear No. 29.
Havlat, 34, spent last season with the New Jersey Devils, where he registered 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 40 regular season games. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound forward was originally drafted by Ottawa in the first round (26th overall) of the 1999 NHL Draft and went on to be named to the 2000-01 NHL All-Rookie Team in his first season.
Hitch says an update on Ott will also come tomorrow.
Hitch: Elliott had a blow to the head. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Below the Elliott injury, you can see he took a shot to the face from Jonathan Toews, then the collision.
Watch the hit below...
from Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Then came Horcoff's decking of Tarasenko. The cheers that followed Tarasenko's game-tying goal 10 minutes before were replaced by the silence of held breath.
Horcoff's forearm appeared to meet Tarasenko's chin. Their knees knocked. Tarasenko crashed backward and was eventually helped off the ice by a trainer. Blues center Steve Ott, never one to turn down an on-ice altercation, went after Anaheim star Corey Perry to retaliate.
By now you know how it ended. Tarasenko returned for the third period and the Blues won 2-1 to improve to 7-2-1.
Tarasenko declined to offer his opinion on if the hit was dirty. That didn't stop others from weighing in. Horcoff wasn't penalized for the blow, but he could hear from the NHL's department of player safety. That seems unlikely, though....
John Shannon of Sportsnet's Hockey Central came to the same conclusion:
"Don't expect any SD for Horcoff after his elbow on Tarasenko … Got his arm up, but what hurt Tarasenko was the inadvertent knee on knee."
Watch the hit below and no penalty on the play...
A tough break for St. Louis, Kuznetsov and Markov with five-pointers, hat tricks for Boedker and Ward and lots more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking.
The St. Louis Blues are off to a solid starts, with a 5-2-1 record, but they have run into injury problems early, most notably a broken ankle suffered in practice last week by left winger Jaden Schwartz, an injury that will keep Schwartz out of the lineup for three months.
Even though Schwartz had yet to find the net in seven games this season, this is a significant loss. Since the start of the 2013-2014 season, Schwartz has 123 points in 162 games, ranking 47th in the league over that time.
During those two-plus seasons, Schwartz was also a strong possession performer, with the Blues controlling 54.6% of even-strength shot attempts with Schwartz on the ice.
What makes this more challenging for the Blues is that they are already missing a couple of quality forwards, as centre Paul Stastny is out with a broken foot and left winger Patrik Berglund is on the shelf while he recovers from shoulder surgery. Effectively, St. Louis is working without three top nine forwards.
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