Blues Will Learn From Western Conference Finals Loss

Last night the St. Louis Blues needed to beat the San Jose Sharks to force their series to seven games. That, however, didn’t happen and the loss spelled the end of the 2015-16 season for the Blues. While elimination is not what the team wanted and losing in the Western Conference Finals was not the main goal, they’ll come back next season having learned valuable lessons about...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Inability to close out first two series early may have doomed Blues in conference finals

ST. LOUIS -- A pair of seven-game series wins might have taken a toll on the St. Louis Blues, who, instead of competing for the Stanley Cup this season, will have to settle for the franchise's first appearance in the Western Conference final since 2001.The Blues had trouble putting away the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first round after taking a 3-1 series...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Blues face off-season of change, but the future still looks promising in St. Louis

It might not feel like it today, tomorrow or even one year from now, but the St. Louis Blues’ 2015-16 campaign was a successful one in many ways. Few teams faced the pressure over the past season that the Blues did. After three consecutive first-round playoff exits, 2015-16 was seen as this group’s last shot at making a deep post-season run. Coach Ken Hitchcock entered the...
Via The Hockey News
1 day ago

Blaming Vladimir Tarasenko for St. Louis Blues’ loss is looking for easy scapegoat

What are the three favorite things among hockey writers and media types? • Free food, preferably buffet, preferably with a dessert cart. • Telling anyone and everyone about their hotel and airline points. • Blaming a postseason series loss on one player. The first two are harmless enough, although nobody — and I mean NOBODY — cares about your status with Marriott. Oh...
Via The Comeback
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Backes gets emotional in interview after what could be his final game with Blues

David Backes has captained the St. Louis Blues through three consecutive first-round playoff exits, and as the team’s captain he no doubt felt as though he was in part responsible for the team’s shortcomings. But this season, St. Louis made a playoff breakthrough, first with a series win over the Chicago Blackhawks and then getting by the Dallas Stars in the second round. The...
Via The Hockey News
1 day ago

Goodnight 2015-16 St. Louis Blues

These posts are never easy even though I’ve had plenty of practice writing them over the years. It’s time to say goodbye to the 2015-16 St. Louis Blues. This year is even more difficult because the Blues came within two wins of a trip to play for the Stanley Cup. That notion alone is difficult to grasp as a Blues fan, but the way the team imploded in the third round against arguably...
Via Frozen Notes
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Thanks for the jolt, Jake; now it's back to Elliott in net

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are going back to goaltender Brian Elliott for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.Jake Allen has started the last two games and made 21 saves in a 6-3 Game 5 loss that included two empty-net goals.The Sharks have a 3-2 series lead and are seeking their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals. The Blues...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Something has to be wrong with Vladimir Tarasenko, right?

Missing: Vladimir Tarasenko. If found, please put on a plane headed for San Jose in time for Wednesday’s Game 6 matchup between the Blues and Sharks. Before going any further in this article, it’s important to make one point very clear. Tarasenko isn’t the only reason the Blues are on the brink of elimination. It takes a team effort to win and a team effort to lose. Game 5...
Via Frozen Notes
3 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues: Lost and Found

There is a plethora of ways that teams can win the Stanley Cup. For the St. Louis Blues, their key to success may be having a roster that acts more like a carousel than a cement block. Puzzled by the analogy? A carousel is always moving, while cement blocks stay in tact. For Game 4, the Blues went through a huge makeover and regained home ice advantage in the Western Conference Finals...
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Blues let a winnable Game 5 slip through their fingers

Game 5 was a winnable game for the St. Louis Blues and they let it slip away. In a series in which the San Jose Sharks have received big games from their stars, Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk  and others went missing. Need a summary? Watch what happened when the Blues pulled their goalie. These 16 seconds sum things up. #stlblues — Frozen Notes...
Via Frozen Notes
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Watch the Blues look helpless for 16 seconds with their goalie pulled

Pulling the goalie is the last move by a desperate hockey team. It signals a time to rally the troops and give your best effort to try and salvage the game. The St. Louis Blues missed that memo and may have turned in a strong example on how not to play with the net empty. Things to watch for: – Alex Pietrangelo’s battery dying. – All six Blues standing and watching a Sharks...
Via Puck Drunk Love
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hitchcock puts conservative goaltending in check

Hockey coaches have often been considered too conservative when it comes to pulling their goalies in attempt to gain back advantage at the end of hockey games. Thursday night during Game 3 of the Western Conference Final in San Jose, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock eschewed that conservative stigma, pulling Jake Allen off the ice in favor of an extra attacker with five minutes...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hitchcock playing it close to vest with status of Backes, Fabbri

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock will decide on the status of injured players after the pregame skate before Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.Captain David Backes and rookie Robby Fabbri, both forwards, were injured in Game 4. Backes missed the final two periods and Fabbri had just two shifts in the third period of...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues set to start Jake Allen in Game 4 desperation move

The St. Louis Blues haven’t been this close to the Stanley Cup since 1991, and head coach Ken Hitchcock sees his team with their back to the wall once again. After going down 2-1 in the Western Conference finals to the San Jose Sharks, the Blues are literally looking to throw the kitchen sink at the wall as Hitchcock announced the pulling of starting goaltender Brian Elliot in...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Blues are avoiding past playoff woes

Unlike the Blues of the past, this St. Louis Blues team looks ready to finally win in the playoffs. The Blues have arguably been the most consistent regular season team over the last five seasons averaging 99.2 points (2012-13 was a shortened season). They have finished either first or second in their division over those five years. Despite such regular season success, playoff consistency...
Via The Sports Quotient
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Ken Hitchcock on Tarasenko: 'He’s learning hard lessons'

Ken Hitchcock will not stop speaking. The St. Louis Blues coach has been more than open to the media during the NHL playoffs. He’s been public about his relationship with Vladimir Tarasenko, who clearly hasn’t been enthralled with his coach’s deployment. Hitchcock said he loves the beef, but in reality, it’s not the healthiest thing to have your best player actively be...
Via Puck Drunk Love
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues Loose But Make Dreams Come True

Special night meeting and welcoming Gerry and Wyatt to the Blues family! — Robby Fabbri (@RFabbri15) May 18, 2016 The San Jose Sharks were able to tie the Western Conference Final at one apiece Tuesday night as they conquered the St. Louis Blues 4-0 in Game 2. A storyline to melt any of the toughest hockey fans around is that...
Via Beyond The Benches
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Milbury makes controversial remarks advocating for hits that injure

Mike Milbury is in a bit of hot water after making some comments during Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. The NBC Sports analyst was talking about an interference penalty the Blues’ Steve Ott received during the second period of the Sharks’ 4-0 win. In Milbury’s view, if a player is going to hit someone...
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues invite the young fan and his blind father to a playoff game

Remember this incredible video of a young fan and his blind father being surprised with a private meeting with the Stanley Cup? Wyatt and Gerry are back in the news again, but this time they have a special meeting planned with the St. Louis Blues which will expose the two to a playoff game and some real broadcasting duties. Doug Armstrong, GM of the Blues, and Kelly Chase, color...
Via Puck Drunk Love
11 days ago  |  Discuss

St. Louis With The Early Lead

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals kicked off on Sunday and it’s the St. Louis Blues that have jumped out to an early series lead. The Blues would grab the first goal near the end of the first period, only to have the San Jose Sharks come back and tie it up just seconds later. The winning goal would come in the second period when Jori Lehtera ripped one past Martin Jones....
Via Beyond The Benches
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Canadians To Become Blues Fans?

A rare thing has happened this postseason, no Canadian team has made the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is actually the first time since the 1969-70 season that this has come about in the NHL. So, what are Canadian fans to do? Well, the St. Louis Blues have decided to reach out to Canada to give them a welcoming opportunity to cheer for the team in St. Louis.  Looking at a few of the...
Via Beyond The Benches
13 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason quick hits: Western Conference Final

Postseason VitalsSan Jose: 8-4-0 in 12 games in the playoffsSt. Louis: 8-6-0 in 14 games in the playoffsHistory of the MatchupThis is the fifth time the two franchises have faced off in the playoffs, with all previous meetings taking place in the first round and each team winning two series apiece. San Jose took the 2015-16 regular-season series 2-1-0 with the home team winning each...
Via Yardbarker
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Game 7 between the Blues and Stars is must-see hockey

The Eastern Conference Final set itself after the Penguins defeated the Capitals Tuesday night. The Western Conference Final, however, is still a bit of a mystery, with two Game 7 bouts scheduled for the latter part of the week. Needless to say, neither one of these games is to be missed.Looking back at media predictions preceding Round 2’s matchup between the St. Louis Blues and...
Via Yardbarker
16 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Blues vs. Stars

VitalsDallas: 50-23-9 regular season, 4-2-0 in six games played in Round 1St. Louis: 49-24-9 regular season, 4-3-0 in seven games played in Round 1Season SeriesSt. Louis won four in the five-game regular-season series, including two victories in overtime and one in the shootout.Playoff HistoryDallas and St. Louis last met in the second round of the playoffs in 2001. The Blues completed...
Via Yardbarker
April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

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