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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues scored 2 minutes, 3 seconds into Thursday’s game against Nashville, but coach Andy Murray bluntly said after the game that he knew his club wasn’t headed for a good outcome….
“It’s very disappointing. I’ve got lots of losses as a coach, obviously when you’ve coached as long as I have. That ranks right up there ... because of the way we played.
“We didn’t play hard enough. We had a goaltender (Mason), who played in Nashville ... (and) was doing everything he could to make sure we had a chance to win. Paul Kariya, another former Nashville player, is battling on every puck and is our best forward. We don’t have enough other guys going.
“We’ve got guys trying to stick-handle, we’ve got guys trying to toe-drag guys, instead of putting the puck to the net. We won against Vancouver because we played a basic, direct-line game. Here tonight, we came in thinking that we could play a different kind of game, fancy, cute kind of game against a team that’s just going to grind on you. And if you’re not prepared to battle and play a direct game, those are the things that happen.”
from Bob Boyes at CBC,
My son, Brad Boyes, is in his fifth year as an NHL hockey player, and has been the leading scorer on the St. Louis Blues for the past two years.
Who would have guessed that 27 years ago? Certainly not me.
Brad is the second of our four children. He has an older brother and two younger sisters, all of whom love and play sports still. We are a sports family.
As a toddler, Brad would play mini hockey in the kitchen whenever he could with his brother, mother, and/or me.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
(Andy) Murray is on the spot. When his teams succeed, his exhaustive game-planning draws praise. Players feel well-prepared to face every opponent and every game situation.
But when Murray’s teams struggle, people within and outside the organization wonder if the players are burning out.
Have they endured too many group and individual meetings? Have they heard the same motivational note too many times?
Has their coach’s withering intensity sapped their energy?
“I had the most fun in my career in St. Louis. We had (only) two married guys on the team, a good bunch of young kids going out and having fun on the ice. We played hard, on and off the ice. St. Louis is an unbelievably good city.”
-Brett Hull. Much more on Brett from John McGourtey of NHL.com.
from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
These are self-examining, soul-searching times for the St. Louis Blues. A strong finish in 2008-09 and a grand beginning to the present campaign have given way to a 10-game stutter step.
Since going to Sweden and sweeping two games against a Stanley Cup finalist from last season — the Detroit Red Wings — a sour Note is 3-6-1 overall and 1-5 in its own building.
To make matters worse, the Blues have gone two games in succession without scoring, six straight periods without seeing a red light. With three more off days before the schedule resumes against Calgary at Scottrade Center on Thursday, there will be extensive appraisal of these figures, in the media and in the team’s practices.
from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,
Every NHL coach would love to have the comfort of having a Martin Brodeur or a Roberto Loungo in goal for 70-80 games a season. But Murray believes he has the next best thing with Mason and Conklin.
Mason put the Blues on his shoulders late last season and led them to the Stanley Cup Playoffs by playing in the final 33 games. He posted an impressive 24-8-6 record down the stretch with five shutouts, a .924 save percentage and a 2.08 goals-against average.
Conklin? All he’s done is register a record of 18-8-5 in Pittsburgh two seasons ago and 25-11-2 last season while helping Pittsburgh and Detroit to the Stanley Cup Final respectively.
more plus Central Division notes…
from Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Here’s somee postgame reaction from the Blues following Saturday’s loss to the Stars.
In the second period, Dallas’ Steve Ott leveled Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. Ott laid a hip check on Colaiacovo, which instigated a team-wide brawl, ending with a combined six penalties on both teams.
“There’s 18,000 people that will agree with me and say that was a dirty hit,” Colaiacovo said. “Hopefully the league will take a look at it, and do what’s right.”
added 3:23pm, I have added the Ott hit on Colaiacovo below the first video.
continued and another hit by Ott should be looked at by the NHL too. Check out the knee on B. J. Crombeen late in the game last night.
via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues forward T.J. Oshie had an emergency apendectomy this morning and will be out of the lineup indefinitely, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.
Oshie went to the hospital Friday night, following the Blues’ 3-1 victory over Minnesota at Scottrade Center. He played 17 minutes, 33 seconds in the game.
The recovery time for the surgery varies from person to person. Blues goaltender Chris Mason had a similar surgery last season and missed approximately two weeks.
“...He made a difference for me in the way that he played and approached the game. He found a way to get himself into an NHL lineup with what I would say not above average skills. He asked a lot of great questions. And those guys like that are on the bubble, they ask a lot of questions because they want the coach to notice them all the time and he was good at that.”
-Bliues Coach Andy Murray speaking about player Dan Bylsma who he coached when Dan was with the Kings. More from Andy Murray by Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters.
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