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St. Louis Blues
San Jose Sharks
I continue my analysis of the 1st round Stanley Cup playoff series by analyzing the playoff series between the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks.
The St. Louis Blues became the surprise team of the regular season, particularly after they hired Ken Hitchcock after a 6-7-0 start and catapulted themselves to the one of the top records in the National Hockey League (NHL). Hitchcock’s coaching efforts transformed the Blues from a disappointing team to one that shut down opponents with a gritty, defense-first, two-way style of play and stellar goaltending with the league-leading goalie tandem of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliot.
Hitchcock has also thrust himself to the top of the Jack Adams – NHL Coach of the Year – award conversation, although Hitchcock has always cared more about hoisting the Stanley Cup than any individual awards.
The San Jose Sharks season was a disappointing one as they struggled through various parts of the season and eked their way into the 7th seed in the ...
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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 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...
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...
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 (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...
Sharks vs Blues First Round Preview: What You Need to Know & Watch For
Submitted for your approval are today's collection of St. Louis Blues Playoff News, Notes, & ThoughtsÂ for Wednesday, April 11th.
The question on everyone's mind today is who will Ken Hitchcock name the game one starter?Â Who took the ice for practice should have been...
For the past five or six years, the Blues have given fans ample cause to bail on the team in favor of a franchise that puts a point or two on the board every so often. Then, the 2011-2012 season happened. Then Ken Hitchcock happened. The Blues Bandwagon is more packed with fair weather fans [...]
WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO what a game THAT was!
Whoever made this gif is a genius.
Double OT for game one? A comeback tie with less than 6 minutes left in the third? A 1st OT period that the Sharks survived ONLY because of Niemi? A win over the Blues in their barn? What a ride!Teams should hand out oxygen tanks for the playoffs so we can all keep breathing during the...
The first round of Game One's are now said and done, and already we have seen three incredible overtime games. After Philadelphia's comeback thriller Wednesday night, it was pretty clear that this year's NHL Playoffs were set to be just a little more exciting than usual. And after Thurday night's round of games, we know that for a fact. Here are the recaps from the...
Martin Havlat scored his second goal of the game 3:34 into the second overtime as the visiting San Jose Sharks captured the opener of their Western Conference quarterfinal series with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
Andrew Desjardins also tallied, Ryane Clowe and defenseman Dan Boyle each notched two assists and Antti Niemi made 40 saves for the Sharks, who lost all four...
Thunder and lightening ripped through Northern California just about the time Double Overtime began in this incredible battle of wills and determination Thursday night.
This was no ordinary hockey match. But when are the Playoffs ever ordinary? Those who tried to say that the Sharks would fall easily because St Louis beat them in 4 out of 4 games during regular season...
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, who won a Stanley Cup...
Written by: Keith RicciSt. Louis Blues vs. San Jose SharksKen Hitchcock’s St. Louis Blues should have little to no trouble running over the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks were supposed to contend for the Conference title, as they are expected to every year, and instead needed to win their last four to get in to the playoffs. They did and congrats to them for getting it done when needed...
There are a lot of questions that will be soon be answered about the San Jose Sharks when they face-off against the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. Will they be a one series and out team, if they are does GM Wilson continue to tweak the Sharks or is a major overhaul in order.
Or is GM Wilson still around to make decisions and if he is let...