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All Larry Pleau

from Chris Pinkert of St.LouisBlues.com,

It’s been a busy few months for Larry Pleau, the team’s Sr. Vice President and General Manager. With the trade deadline passing in early March and the team’s recent surge toward the postseason, we thought now was a good time to catch up with Pleau to discuss a variety of Blues topics.

Q: Considering how the team has battled since early January, do you think they are “playoff tested” already?

A: We’ve been playing ‘desperate’ hockey, I would say, since the end of December. I think the coaches have done a great job of keeping the players focused on the game-to-game situation, preparation, the opponents they’re playing against and understanding how important the games are: even if it was a game in January, it (was) going to affect where we end up in April.

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All Chris Mason

Blues goaltender Chris Mason participated in a tele-conference today…

Q. Just wondering, I’m sure this is a question that you have not been asked yet, but do you think you need rest before the end of the season?

        CHRIS MASON: No, I don’t, actually. You know, I’m getting good rest on the off days, and they are taking care of me like that.

        So I’m definitely saving my energy for the games, and, you know, at this point in the season, you just find the energy. It’s just when you go out on the ice and you’re playing these games that mean so much, you just find the energy.  All of the other players are expected to do it, so I don’t see why the goalies can’t, too.

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Wings & Blues Take Part NHL Premier Challenge

from NHL.com,

The 2009-2010 NHL season will begin just as it did last year in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Ericsson Globe Arena when the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues face off October 2-3. Tickets to both games, about 26,000 total, have sold out.

The Blues and Red Wings will begin their visit to Sweden with exhibition games as part of the NHL Premiere Challenge. St. Louis will face Linköping Hockey Club on September 29 and Detroit will play Färjestad BK on September 30. Tickets for both games will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31.

There are Swedish players on both teams. Patrik Berglund (Västerås) and Alexander Steen (Frölunda) play for St. Louis, and Jonas Junlund, a prospect currently playing for Linköping, could be skating for the Blues by the start of the 2009-10 season. Henrik Zetterberg (Timrå), Nicklas Lidström (Västerås) and Niklas Kronwall (Djurgården) are amongst the Swedes that skate for Detroit.

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Andy Murray Actually Smiles

Andy Murray talks about the Blues victory of the Blue Jackets last night and Puck Daddy (watch the video of another Oshie hit on Nash) has this to say…

The Blues currently own the No. 8 seed in the West, thanks in no small part to the play of T.J. Oshie, who had a goal, an assist and his second bad-ass play involving Rick Nash in the span of 24 hours:

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Bad Turnover Gets The Blues Rolling

from Michael Arace at Puick-rakers,

Blues forward Brad Boyes scored what was the most important goal of the game. Steve Mason went behind the net to play a rim-around, he had some time and space and he turned and looked up ice. Mason isn’t terrible when it comes to handling the puck, but he is no Ron Hextall. Mason, a la Hexie, tried to balloon the puck over everyone in attempt to clear the zone with one swipe. Mason partially fanned, however, and the puck never got off the ground. It slid directly on to the stick of Boyes, who was coming, left-to-right, into the slot. Boyes had the whole net at which to shoot and he did not miss.

“If you’re going to pin the loss on anyone, pin it on me,” Steve Mason said.

read on for an in-depth look at last night’s St. Louis/Columbus game and watch the costly turnover by Mason below…

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Blues Just Won’t Go Away

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

“Before the season,” Commodore said, “if you would have looked at their roster and said, ‘OK, this guy, this guy, this guy and this guy are going to be done for the year ... how do you think they’re going to do?’ With seven games left, I don’t think anybody would have guessed they’d be one point out of the playoff race.

“They just never went away. It’s been very impressive.”

“I think everybody did count them out,” Nash said. “I don’t think anyone saw it coming. I played for Andy Murray at the World Championships (with Team Canada) and know how good of a coach he is. Plus, they’ve got great players, so it was surprising to see where they were at the bottom. But they’ve been great lately, and they’ve got a shot at it.”

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You Can’t Run Rich Nash

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Last night, after Rick Nash was steamrolled by T.J. Oshie, the smallest player on the ice was the first responder with his team trailing the Blues 3-1 early in the third period. Kris Russell, all 5-foot-10, 180 pounds of him, went after Oshie. The hit produced a wild scrum and landed Russell in the box for four minutes (double minor, roughing). Oshie went for two minutes.

The entire sequence seemed to wake up the Jackets who responded with two quick goals from Kristian Huselius and Nash to tie it. The Jackets eventually lost 4-3 in a shootout, but coach Ken Hitchcock was proud of the response on individual and collective levels.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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O-SHIE

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

The Blues took control in the third period, and the crowd took over the building.

“O-SHIE! O-SHIE!”

“That’s unreal,” he said. “It’s one of those things, when you’re younger, you imagine the crowd screaming your name. For it to happen my first year, it’s something else.”

more on the Blues victory over Vancouver last night and watch the video below why the fans where chanting for Oshie.

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Blues Grasp The Underdog Role

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

Blues coaches and players have had a tough time explaining how a team predicted to finish last in the NHL — even before all the injuries — can be within striking distance of a playoff spot.

But with nine games to play in the regular season, and their playoff status seemingly riding on every period, one Blue with a Stanley Cup in his past took aim at the question Wednesday.

“I think it’s because we’ve got a big group of guys who are underdogs,” said Dan Hinote, who won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. “All of the sudden, there’s a bunch of injuries ... we’ve got call-ups, we’ve got guys that haven’t been in the NHL before ... we’ve got guys that were waived ... guys that were traded. It was kind of like a big group of guys that weren’t supposed to do well.

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Blues Relying On Chris Mason

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

The Blues are an endearing team, fun to follow, and their intense work ethic and shared purpose have strengthened the ties that bind them. That spirit was a factor in Friday’s comeback. Getting those two points at Calgary — after being on the edge, and nearly slipping into the rapids — was a huge save.

And now only 10 games remain on the Blues’ regular-season schedule. Will the spirit sustain them? Can their belief system ride them into the playoffs?

It’s still a difficult assignment. Six of the 10 games will be on the road, and seven will be fought against teams with winning records. Among the traffic jam of teams squirming for the eighth playoff spot, only the Blues and Anaheim have more games on the road than at home.

Obviously, there’s hope. And Mason is the primary source. We’re not trying to diminish the importance of the other Blues; this task will require contributions from every player.

But Mason has made a profound difference in his team’s fortunes, starting 23 consecutive games and showing no sign of breaking.

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