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Blues Shutout By The Oilers, Hitchcock Addresses Team Issues

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

After Backes spoke with reporters, the Blues captain and other club leaders met with Blues coach Ken Hitchcock in what was described as a frank meeting. Hitchcock, who normally meets with reporters within 20 minutes after the game, didn’t emerge for 67 minutes after the game.

Hitchcock was rather calm as he reflected on the Blues’ challenges.

“The issue for us is the way we manage the game,” he said, “We’re at our best when we manage the game across the board well, and we’re not managing the game. We’re opening ourselves up. A good goalie can come in and beat us, and we don’t want to be like that. Goalies are going to play good against us, but we want to still be able to win hockey games, even when the (opposing) goalie is playing well. We’re not doing it on a consistent basis.

“Since our 6-1 start, we’re one game under .500. That’s reality. And we want to be better, so we’re trying to get better.”

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Blues/Devils Trade

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired a conditional fourth or fifth round draft pick in 2015 from New Jersey in exchange for forward Matt D’Agostini and a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2015.

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Chris Stewart Raises His Compete Level

from Dan O'Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“You just have to worry about competing for your teammates and really bearing down. When you do those little things, that’s when you get that room in the offensive zone to make that move. I think that’s one of the best things that has hit home in my career for me.”

Stewart has realized the means can justify the ends. He has focused on the process and the production has come complimentary.

“What we’re trying to do with Stewie is change his value system, and he’s really starting to embrace that now,” Hitchcock said. “You can still be a good player in the game and not get points. You can still have an impact, even though you don’t score.

“It’s about not playing the game looking to score, but playing the game looking to compete and know that when you have a high skill level, like Stewie does, there’s going to be times when you score. But don’t drop your competitive base. Don’t base everything on points.”

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Blues Trending Up Again

from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,

Two goals and an assist from Chris Stewart and the first career shutout for St. Louis Blues rookie goaltender Jake Allen.

While the first part of that equation from Thursday's 3-0 win over Phoenix is entirely believable given Stewart's history, Blues fans might have had trouble believing the second part when the season began.

Allen and Stewart have been providing much needed strength, stabilization and relief just when the Blues (15-10-2) seemed ready to meander toward the back of the Western Conference standings.

Now 7-1 as a starter, Allen has proven a solid fit for the Blues and will return to the net again Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks.

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Your St. Louis Blues

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues are an enigma. Their 6-1 start was a tease. They’ve staggered through a 5-8-2 record since the end of January.

The Blues, unable or unwilling to maintain their resolve from start to finish, continue to fade late in games.

Here’s a shocking statistic that tells us all we need to know about the Blues’ faint heart in the heat of competition:

In their eight losses and two ties since Feb.1, the Blues have been outscored 17-0 after the second period.

This is not a typo or factual error.

This is your team.

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Do You Rank Chris Pronger An All-Time Top 10 Defenseman?

from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,

Pronger's physical prowess allowed him to play seemingly half the game. He was a mainstay on both the power play and penalty kill units, and often double shifted at regular strength. Not only was he a game breaking defenseman but he was arguably the top shutdown defenseman of his era. He always played against the top forwards every night. None of his near 28 minutes a night were easy.

The most amazing thing about Chris Pronger, in my estimation, was his ability to control the pace of the game. Late in his career he was criticized for being too slow or too old. It did not really matter, as he could read the ice and the flow of the game as well as anyone in the modern era. He seemingly slowed everything down and then when he lulled everyone to his desired level he'd shoot a bolt of lightning into the game, often in the form of a dagger-like pass for a quick break. Old timers tell me the only player that they saw control the pace of the game so well was the great Doug Harvey.

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Blues Turn To Rookie Goaltender Jake Allen

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

Less than an hour after Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to Los Angeles, in which the Blues gave away a 4-1 second-period lead, the team announced at 1 a.m. St. Louis time that it had recalled Allen from Peoria.

Jaroslav Halak allowed five goals on 21 shots and Brian Elliott one goal on eight shots against the Kings, sinking the Blues’ save-percentage (.870) to No. 24 in the NHL. The defeat dropped the club to ninth place in the Western Conference with 24 points after 22 games.

In a 48-game shortened season, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said that the team could ill-afford to wait any longer for the goaltending to improve, and so he turned to Allen, who went 3-1 with the Blues last month before being re-assigned to Peoria.

“I think it’s certainly a short season now, we’re in a very critical point and our goaltending to this point in the year hasn’t been to the standard that’s necessary to consistently win games,” Armstrong said. “Jake came up and played very well when he was here, and the team responded by playing very well in front of him.

“Ultimately we have faith in Brian and we have faith in Jaro, but we need to find success quickly in this type of season and I felt it was necessary to give Jake that opportunity.

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Blues Find A Different Way To Lose

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

The Blues went to Hollywood and wrote a new script for a season that is quickly slipping away.

One of the more proficient, physical starts the Blues have produced this year was followed up by perhaps the most anguishing finish fans have witnessed to date.

Los Angeles scored four third-period goals — and five unanswered — to rally for a 6-4 victory over the Blues, who led 4-1 more than midway through the game.

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Also, watch below the very decisive win Kyle Clifford of the Kings had in a fight with the Blues Roman Polak.

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Arnott Getting Another Shot With The Blues

from Dan O'Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“I talked to Jason's representative (late last week) and he said he still has that burning desire to play,” Armstrong said. “It made me start to think, if you've accomplished everything he has, and you're into March and you still want to play, you have the passion for the game.

“He's going to join us this week on the road trip, make sure his body is with his mind and that he is ready to play. He did have some off-season surgery. We have information from the doctors that he is ready to go.”

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Video- Halak With The Sliding Save


The play was close to the Hasek/Gaborik collison which you can watch below...

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