ST. LOUIS -- Kevin Shattenkirk is glad to see it go.
His last preseason, if you can call it that, was a lockout influenced blur. It consisted of a few practices that didn't last a week.That made this feel like forever.
"Yeah, it's about time," the Blues defenseman said Friday night at the Scottrade Center. "It seems like this was a marathon."
At least the long march had a photo finish.
"Everything really started to click in the third period, Shattenkirk said. "So, it was nice to see."
The Blues (3-3 in the preseason) ended their six game stretch of warm up skates with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Itwasn't so much the meaningless win that made the Blues a happy bunch heading into the regular season. It was the way in which said win was earned.
"I thought this -- really from start to end -- was more of our game," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We looked organized on the ice. We had good spacing. We built a lot of momentum in the second period. If we would have stayed...