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The Power Of Now

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

Coach Andy Murray already has a theme:

“The Power of Now.”

That’s Murray’s message to the Blues players as the coach attempts to transition his squad into a playoff mind-set.

Murray, speaking on our 101.1 FM radio show Monday, said the “Power of Now” is all about seizing the opportunity that’s sitting in front of you. He said it applies to veterans such as Keith Tkachuk and other Blues elders, who don’t have much time left in their careers. And it also applies to the youngsters, who need to know that these opportunities are precious and can’t be taken for granted.

“Is this our best chance to win a Stanley Cup? It’s the chance we have right now, and it’s all that matters,” Murray said. “And considering the way we’ve played, we’ve got as good a chance as all the other teams in the playoffs right now.”

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The Winning Process Begins In St. Louis

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

“Just because we happen to get into the playoffs this year doesn’t mean we’re automatically in next year,” Davidson said. “So it’s just starting, this is just a process.”

The strong finish and developmental strides this season bode well for that process. The roster will be embellished next season with the return of Johnson and Kariya, as well as injured defenseman Eric Brewer. In addition, recent draft picks such as Alex Pietrangelo, Ben Bishop, Lars Eller and Brett Sonne will come to camp, hoping to push the growth spurt.

“There’s been a lot of things here that have been positive,” Davidson said. “The development of our young kids has been good. The coaching staff, despite all the adversity, has done a nice job. And our fans have trusted us so much. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. That’s the bloodline.”

And once again, St. Louis bleeds Blue.

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Blues Are One Happy Group

from Jeff Gordon of Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“God it feels good,” Murray said. “I feel good for these guys, obviously, and 19 1/2 thousand of their good friends right now. It’s pretty special.

“It just shows you that if you stick with it. and I know I sounded like a broken record to a long of you since the beginning of the year, when I said we were working our tails off . . .

“When I look back at it, I’ll probably realize how difficult it was to do it. I think we tried to be as good as we could be in each game we played and the guys were echoing the same sentiments. It’s a hard-working group of guys. They work hard in practice.

more and below, watch Chris Mason and David Backes as they discuss being in the playoffs…

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Manny Legace Ready For Another Chance

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

The guy never has had the red carpet of life rolled out for him. For virtually his entire hockey career, he’s been dissed, dismissed, doubted and degraded. Even the person who engraved his name on the Stanley Cup engraved his surname as ‘Lagace’.

But like the famous movie producer Robert Evans, the kid has found a way to stay in the picture.

“You get used to it,” Legace told THN.com. “It’s been that way my whole life. ‘He’s too fat, he’s too small, he’s too this or that.’ So you get used to having to prove yourself every day. And that’s fine with me; that’s made me a better person and a better goalie.”

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Blues Have Made The Right Moves

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Collectively, the hockey staff decided to exile veteran goaltender Manny Legace to Peoria. That was a difficult decision. Legace is a pretty good guy. But Manny wasn’t happy and he wasn’t playing well.

Since his exit, the Blues have seldom lost.

Collectively, the hockey staff elected to keep Tkachuk at the trading deadline and not collect some additional future assets.

Since then, the Blues have seldom lost.

This run from 15th to eighth place in the Western Conference has taken on a life of its own. The Blues transformed into an entirely different team.

Sometimes it seemed supernatural forces were at play -– like when the team rallied improbably at Boston for one of the most freakish victories in franchise history.

And here is the best news: The fun has just begun.

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Afternoon Line

“He’s going to see the doctor and go through a couple of days of testing.  If he’s good, and we expect good things, we’ll see ... if he needs another two weeks, he needs another two weeks.”

“I don’t think there’s any risk.  He won’t play if there’s any risk. Paul is a smart guy. As long as the doctors say he can play ... if the doctors said that Erik Johnson could play, we’d look at that too, but he can’t. If the doctors say he’s ready and he says he’s ready, he’ll be ready.”

-Blues President John Davidson on Paul Kariya.  More on the Blues from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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All John Davidson

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

Will the Blues make the playoffs?

“We’ll make it. We’ll play well (in Phoenix), then have Columbus at home and then we go into Colorado. Obviously now we need help. But we’ll get there. Our guys actually play better from behind.”

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Blues Control Their Destiny

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

The club hasn’t locked itself into a playoff spot officially, but sitting in eighth place in the Western Conference after Chicago defeated Nashville 3-1 on Friday, the Blues are in position to end a three-year postseason drought with a strong finish.

“Now we can’t worry about what else happens around the league,” Blues center Jay McClement said. “Now it’s kind of up to us. As long as we take care of our own job, then things will work out in the end.”

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Blues Day

Craig Custance of Sporting News today was busy with the Blues lately, with stories on Keith Tkachuk and T.J. Oshie.

Start here to read them….

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The Blues Are A Playoff Team

from Jeff Gordon of Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

By beating the Red Wings in frantic, hard-fought game Thursday night, the Blues told the world that they are, in fact, a playoff team.

The Blues still must finish well in their final four games, but that 5-4 victory at Detroit was an eye opener for their Western Conference rivals.

The Note had just suffered a tough loss at Chicago. The Red Wings had owned them all season. Detroit coach Mike Babcock leaned on his team, putting great focus on this game.

Everything was stacked against Andy Murray’s squad. The Blues even lost key center Patrik Berglund to injury during the game.

But the Blues won anyway, leaving the Red Wings muttering to themselves.

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