ST. LOUIS David Perron watched teammates shuffle past him in a walk from their bench to a tunnel. Organ music played, and the Chicago Blackhawks gathered on the ice for a postgame celebration. Nearby, the St. Louis Blues winger who returned to the lineup after a serious head injury tapped goalie Brian Elliott with his stick.
Perron was the last Blues player to turn his back on the ice. Ninety-seven games had passed since San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton slammed him in the head with a right shoulder and caused a concussion. Perron walked toward his locker room after the Blackhawks' 5-2 victory, eager to continue a recovery.
"We've got to move on," Perron said. "I can slowly turn the page, and it's obviously going to take a lot more games for me to get used to the tempo."
Perron took the first step in doing so Saturday at the Scottrade Center, scoring a goal in 19 minutes, 5 seconds of playing time in the Blues' second loss to a Western Conference rival in as many days. The gam...