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St. Louis Blues
San Jose Sharks
ST. LOUIS The question was common this week, and goalie Jaroslav Halak turned to the crowd after practice to explain how the St. Louis Blues have faith in their chance to advance despite playoff inexperience.
The past doesnt matter, he said without emotion to the cameras and microphones nearby. Hockey can be an unforgiving game, but it rewards teams that stay true to an approach that made them excel.
Such was the Blues reality in the days before their Western Conference quarterfinals series against the San Jose Sharks begins tonight at the Scottrade Center. St. Louis earned its first playoff berth since 2009. Meanwhile, San Jose has played in the postseason 12 of the past 13 years.
The inquiries came fast in the Blues locker room at St. Louis Mills, each framed in various ways but all similar: How will St. Louis respond against a tested postseason opponent? How will the Blues react knowing few on coach Ken Hitchcocks bench have lived a deep playoffs run?
Right now is right ...
BEST OF MAXIM
ST. LOUIS It was during a four-day span last summer that the St. Louis Blues first envisioned their season playing out like this.
It began July 2, when the club signed defenseman Kent Huskins. Then came the signing of veteran winger Scott Nichol on July 5. The next afternoon, the Blues then announced one-year deals with Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner.
In barely 96 hours...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the St. Louis Blues in their playoff opener against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
Coach Ken Hitchcock announced his decision Wednesday. Goaltender Brian Elliott is nursing an unspecified upper-body injury and he didn't practice.
Elliott led the NHL with a 1.56 goals-against average and nine shutouts.
ST. LOUIS Playing in his first career playoff game, Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk played 33:06, had a team-high 11 shots on goal, blocked four shots and assisted on the game-tying goal early in the third period.
But following a tough 3-2 double overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks at Scottrade Center Thursday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the 23...
ST. LOUIS - Four days before his evolution as a leader continues in the playoffs, the captain stands in the St. Louis Blues locker room, strong and stern.
After a practice Monday at St. Louis Mills, David Backes looks at the crowd in front of his stall. Sweat drips from his left ear. He places both hands on his dark-blue shorts and fields questions about his team's first postseason...
ST. LOUIS Their screams began behind closed doors, deep in the Scottrade Center after a crucial road victory. Not far away, a stunned crowd filed to the exits, silenced after winger Martin Havlat gave the San Jose Sharks reason to celebrate a statement triumph in their cramped locker room.
Before their 3-2 double-overtime victory Thursday, not much had gone right for the Sharks...
Ken Hitchcock's big decision decided itself.
It was no surprise when the St. Louis Blues coach announced Jaroslav Halak would start in goal in the playoff opener against the San Jose Sharks. After all, his other option, Brian Elliott, didn't practice because of an unspecified upper-body injury sustained about a week ago.
''Oh yeah, it's a big decision before...
The NHL Playoffs have arrived. The CS staff is pleased to present you with a preview , a couple of keys to the series, and Sean Keenan’s prediction of the winner and MVP of each series. Our thanks go out to Kenny Krizsanitz for his help in writing this preview.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Martin Havlat scored his second goal of the game 3:34 into the second overtime, giving the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 1 of their playoff series Thursday night.
Andrew Desjardins tied it for San Jose with 5:16 in regulation, banging in a one-timer from the slot from Tommy Wingels, and Dan Boyle had two assists. Antti Niemmi made...
Jean-Sebastien Giguere carried the Anaheim (Mighty) Ducks to the Stanley Cup final in 2003. Seven years later, Montreal’s Jaroslav Halak willed the Canadiens to the third round. If there’s a goalie on one of this spring’s lower-seeded teams that can pull off what Giguere and Halak accomplished, it’s Jonathan Quick.I don’t know if you can really put into words what Quick...