Given the sadness of STL's sports community, the first NHL hat trick by the Blues' young winger couldn't have come at a better time.
Notebook • Team captain might have suffered head injury; Allen will start in goal tonight.
The Blues may be without captain David Backes, who was injured in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime win at Dallas.
Winger leads Blues in scoring and will stay on a line with Lehtera as they face Anaheim tonight.
Blues holding late practice session after win in Dallas on Tuesday night.
When you work hard, you will be rewarded. The St. Louis Blues are a testament to that.
After playing in what was possibly the best team win of the season, the Blues find themselves atop the Central Division with 53 points exactly halfway through the 2011-12 campaign.
This happened on a night that the Blues dominated play, winning the game 4-0 over the Colorado Avalanche.
“That was a very complete game,” Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said. “A lot of really good things[happened]. We caught a team on a back-to-back and [I give] full marks. We took advantage of it and I thought we had a lot of good players. I thought that our transition game was as good as it’s been.”
Brian Elliott played in goal for the Blues, making just 15 saves to earn his fifth shutout of the season, placing him in second place in the NHL for the statistic.
“It was pretty fun to watch the guys do their jobs out there,” said Elliott with a grin. “I got to touch the puck a couple times behind the net and it was awesome just [having] the guys play the way that they did.”
Jean-Sebastien Giguere got the start for Colorado, making 35 saves on 39 St. Louis shots.
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The Blues pulled out a victory thanks to some unlikely sources.
The power-play went 2-for-2 on the evening and Evgeni Grachev scored his first career NHL goal, which turned out to be the game-winner, as they beat the Dallas Stars Monday night, 5-3.
Grachev was recalled from Peoria on December 12 and has been moved throughout the lineup. He received a chance to play on a line tonight with Patrik Berglund and David Perron.
“It was a big opportunity and a big responsibility [to move to the second line],” Grachev said. “It means more ice time.
“I enjoyed playing with those guys.”
Chris Stewart scored an early power-play goal, as well as adding an empty-netter in the third period, to score three goals in his last three games played.
Stewart’s first goal came off a bad angle shot that somehow eluded Dallas rookie net-minder Richard Bachman to give the Blues an early 1-0 lead at 8:24 of the first period.
December 18, 2011
Coach Hitchcock on the play of Jaroslav Halak in tonight's game: “He was like our team. Flashes. Flashes of good. Flashes of ‘what the…’. He made some big saves in the second period and then there was some weird stuff going on. He didn’t handle the puck as well as he did previously and it kind of put [us] in trouble and then he would make a few saves in the third period when we needed him.
"This allows us to play Brian [Elliott] in Colorado and sets us up for that."
Alex Pietrangelo on the first two periods: "We know what we’re capable of in this room and those first two periods were not up to par [or] up to our standards."
Pietrangelo on the play of his defensive partner, Carlo Colaiacovo: "He’s a puck moving defenseman. Everyone can watch how well he moves the puck. We’ve played together for two years now and you develop a relationship together on and off the ice. We read off each other so well. You know where the other guy is going to go. Great shot by him and it’s another assist for him. He’s an elite defenseman and he’s playing like it right now."