It’s rare to find so many NHL experts agreeing on one thing, but the St. Louis Blues are running well ahead of the Dallas Stars when it comes to predicting what should be an exciting second-round Stanley Cup playoff series.
He has fought back from one of the toughest and most painful hamstring injuries a hockey player can face, one that involved surgery on two hamstrings and three months of rehabilitation. Once he neared a return, St. Louis Blues veteran forward Steve Ott then dealt with colitis, an inflammation of the lining of the colon.
With their season hanging on the direction a vulcanized round piece of black rubber was headed, the St. Louis Blues and their fans held their collective breath Monday night and hopes for the best. A shot from Chicago’s Brent Seabrook hit the right goalpost behind Blues goaltender Brian Elliott, slid right across the goal line, then struck the right goalpost before finally being cleared out of danger by defenseman Alex Pietrangelo
The St. Louis Blues have faced the Dallas Stars, and their predecessors the Minnesota North Stars, more than any other NHL team in the playoffsAdding to the familiarity is the fact that Blues coach Ken Hitchcock coached the Stars to the 1999 Stanley Cup title. His coaching opponent that season in the finals? None other than current Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff.
Troy Brouwer picked exactly the right time to end a 23-game playoff scoring drought. Brouwer’s first playoff goal since 2013 sent the St. Louis Blues flying into the second round as he scored in the third period Monday for a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their first-round series.
After Vladimir Tarasenko saw only eight seconds of power-play ice time in the Game 6 loss in Chicago, questions continued Sunday about the ice time for the St. Louis Blues star forward. Don’t read anything into it, said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock
Looking for a way to change their ways — and ease the embattled minds of their long-suffering fans — the St. Louis Blues simply need to do one thing. Beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Game 7 of their rollicking first-round playoff series at Scottrade Center.
Let’s be honest, Blues fans. You didn’t really think the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks were going to fade quietly away and drop out of the opening round of the playoffs after only five games.
Patrick Kane grabbed his own rebound after skating around the net and scored 3 minutes, 7 seconds into the second overtime period early Friday morning as the Chicago Blackhawks fought off elimination with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
In a series of constant momentum swings and emotional runs, the St. Louis Blues return to Chicago on Saturday hoping to finally put the Blackhawks in their rear-view mirror. It won’t be easy to take out the defending Stanley Cup champions at home in the sold-out United Center, but the Blues haven’t taken the easy path at any juncture this season.
Maybe the St. Louis Blues finally have found a way out of the first round of the playoffs. They are carrying a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. They will be at home for Game 5 at 8:30 p.m. Thursday — a place they have clinched all five of the playoff series when holding a 3-1 lead.
Troy Brouwer already has what the rest of his teammates want — a Stanley Cup championship ring. He won that ring in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks, the same Blackhawks he found himself in the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Veteran defenseman Carl Gunnarsson will return to the St. Louis Blues’ lineup tonight for Game 5 after missing Game 4 with an upper-body injury. Chicago has reunited superstars Patrik Kane and Jonathan Toews on top line.