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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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Tkachuk Day-To-Day

ST. LOUIS St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Keith Tkachuk’s X-rays on his left wrist were negative and he is listed as day-to-day.  Tkachuk suffered the injury in the third period on Thursday, March 19 in Vancouver.

This should clear up the erroneous report posted on the web that he had suffered a broken wrist.

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Big Hit From Jay McKee on Mark Parrish

via the Dallas Stars Blog,

Stars forward Mark Parrish put his head down to control a pass from Brian Sutherby when he was blindsided by hard charging Jay McKee at center ice. The highlilght reel hit sent Parrish crumbling to the ice. He got to his knees, tried to get up but instead waited for assistance.

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Penguins Acquire Wozniewski

From Sportsnet.ca, Andy Wozniewski has been acquired by the Penguins in exchange for Danny Richmond of the St. Louis Blues.

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Biggest Game In Five Years For Blues

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

Typically on the days leading up to the NHL trading deadline, the actual games themselves can be afterthoughts. But that won’t be the case tonight when the Blues host the Detroit Red Wings on the eve of the deadline.

Any game against the Red Wings is an attention-grabber, but with the Blues inching closer to a playoff position and with the outcome of tonight’s game possibly affecting the club’s deadline strategy, there seems to be a lot riding on the final score.

It may not be a stretch, in fact, to call tonight the Blues’ biggest game since the 2004-05 NHL lockout.

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With Blues In The Playoff Race, Will They Move Tkachuk?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Thanks to only three regulation losses during a 19-game stretch since Jan. 15, the Blues—somewhat amazingly—are three points out of playoff spot and the trade deadline is around the corner.

Who’s kidding who, St. Louis might very well move Tkachuk, an unrestricted free agent July 1; but maybe, just maybe, they might also have to tell him, “Sorry, Keith. Unpack your bags, we’re still in it!”

“Well, that’s the idea,” Blues president John Davidson told ESPN.com on Thursday night after his team won 3-1 in Dallas. “We’ll see what happens.”

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