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He will play on a line with Stastny and Lindstrom.
First NHL teams looked at their kids. Then they gave depth guys their chance. Now coaches are locking in serious season preparation with their key players.
Blues forward will wear No. 17 to honor his late sister Mandi.
He will wear No. 17 this season in honor of his late sister, Mandi Schwartz.
First-round pick Fabbri, sixth-rounder Lindbohm have exceeded expectations to make the final 33 in camp.
This post was originally published at TheHockeyWriters.com
It has been a long time since Jaroslav Halak has suited up in the Bell Centre in Montreal. He will be doing it again Tuesday night.
The only difference is that this time he will be a member of the St. Louis Blues.
The Slovakian netminder has not played in Montreal since being traded to St. Louis in June of 2010. That trade came just over a month after leading the Canadiens on a miracle run in the2010 NHL playoffs. Halak, who’s contract was ending on July 1 that season, was moved instead of fellow split-starter Carey Price, much to the dismay of Canadiens fans and media.
In that playoff run, Halak posted a 2.55 GAA and a .923 save percentage in 18 games played against the Penguins, Capitals and Flyers. This included some highlight-reel saves coming against perennial goal-scorers Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Green and Evgeni Malkin.
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.
This post was originally published at The Hockey Writers.
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.