ST. LOUIS -- It didn't take long for Alex Pietrangelo to switch his focus from winning the gold medal for Team Canada to winning a Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues in a few months.
Moments after Canada beat Sweden to win the gold medal, the Blues' defenseman found his coach, Ken Hitchcock, who was an assistant with Team Canada, on the ice at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Sochi and delivered a message.
"I saw Hitch on the ice after the game and I said 'That's one championship. One more to go this year,'" Pietrangelo said. "... Now our goal is to win here in St. Louis."
Some of the bleary-eyed Blues' Olympians met with the media Monday night before boarding a flight to Vancouver to begin the stretch of 25 games remaining to close out the regular season.
It was a tired group.
Patrik Berglund said he hadn't slept since returning to St. Louis. Others, like Hitchcock, said they were able to take short naps. There was a lot of travel from Russia back to North America and then on to St. Louis...