System Of A Down The Middle (Foundations of a rebuild)

The Buffalo Sabres actually weren't bad this season, they were awful. After posting an abysmal 2013 campaign, the brass of the Sabres decided it was time to let go of some very familiar faces. Say what you will about the product on the ice this season, but it could actually be worse. What the Sabres lacked in on-ice talent, they certainly made up for with extremely savvy moves...
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3 Things From 3 OT Game

Last night in St. Louis the first round matchup between the Blackhawks and Blues got underway. If Game 1 is any indication, we are in for a remarkable series. Despite the Blackhawks losing 4-3 in the 3rd overtime, it was a fantastic game. Its one that will be talked about in this division rivalry for years to come. These are 3 things in Game 1 that stood out to me;   Opening...
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Alex Pietrangelo was mic’d up for OT winner

Alex Pietrangelo was mic’d up during Game 1 between the Blues and Blackhawks. Even after being on the ice for over 44 minutes (44:08 to be exact), Pietrangelo still had plenty of energy left to celebrate Alexander Steen’s goal. Things that make this video awesome: 1. Steve Ott is apparently “Otter” according to Pietrangelo. 2. That giggle after Steen scores. 3. Muffled screams...
Via Frozen Notes
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Steen gets winner as Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in third overtime

Alex Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime as the Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a marathon Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference quarterfinals Thursday at Scottrade Center. David Backes and Steve Ott assisted on the play, as Ott centered the puck to a crashing Steen. He pounded it past netminder Corey Crawford to send the crowd in a frenzy. The game became the...
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Blues find their swagger in Game 1 victory over the Blackhawks

ST. LOUIS -- The Blues needed this. Oh, without a doubt, they needed this. The Blues' late-season collapse unfolded over a few weeks in reality, but it seemed like it took longer. It was like the s-l-o-w m-o-t-i-o-n demise of one of the best seasons in franchise history, falling into pieces gradually because of fatigue or injuries or some cruel voodoo black magic from a witch...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Lapierre Rescues Blues With Improbable Save In OT

The Blues and Blackhawks took part in an exhausting three overtime war of attrition in their quarterfinals opener on Thursday night. Both teams had plenty of opportunities to win it over the extra three frames, but the Blackhawks had a golden chance to end it in the first OT but were denied thanks to the game’s best save…and it wasn’t made by a goalie. After being pushed into...
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Alex Steen Scores Absolute Beauty of a Goal in Triple OT

Game 1 of the Blues vs. Blackhawks series on Thursday night ended in triple OT, courtesy of Alex Steen, who led the team in goals this year. The game-winner was an absolute beauty; David Backes went behind-the-back to Steve Ott in front, who slid the puck back to Steen, who went upstairs. [.GIFDSPORTS] The post Alex Steen Scores Absolute Beauty of a Goal in Triple OT appeared first...
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Alexander Steen Wins Game 1 For The St. Louis Blues In Triple Overtime (VIDEO)

Alexander Steen gave the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, twenty-six seconds into triple overtime.  Steen’s goal gives the blues a 1-0 series lead on the defending Stanley Cup Champions.  The play started with the puck getting dumped in on the Blackhawks goalie, Corey Crawford.  Crawford played the bouncing puck in behind the net, but David Backes...
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Ott, playing on top line tonight, is still adjusting to the Blues

ST. LOUIS -- There is no replacing T.J. Oshie, who does just about everything for the Blues. This includes setting the tempo and energy level that helped his club finish with one of its best seasons in franchise history. When scanning the St. Louis roster, Steve Ott probably doesn't stick out as the most likely candidate to fill the void created by Oshie's absence on the...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
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Nothing to See Here: Putting to Bed One of the Most Memorable/Awful Sabres Seasons Ever

Well, thank God that’s over. The burning Viking funeral that was the 2013-14 Buffalo Sabres season finally was extinguished on Sunday night as the Sabres closed the season fittingly with another loss, giving them a record of 21-51-10, good for 52 points and the worst record by far in the league. The Sabres’ 51 losses were the most in team history. Their 21 wins matches the number...
Via Buffalo Wins
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Reason to hope: More than any Blues team in years, this group was built for the playoffs

ST. LOUIS -- Bernie Federko has been around the block for a while. He spent 13 of his 14 NHL seasons with the St. Louis Blues. His No. 24 sweater was retired in 1991 and hangs from the rafters at Scottrade Center. The Hockey Hall of Famer (Class of 2002) even has a statue outside the rink. He's now in his 17th season broadcasting Blues games. So, yeah, Federko has seen a little...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Steve Ott jokes about having one of the NHL’s worst plus/minus ratings ☆

The plus/minus statistic is a silly one. It tries to paint a picture of an NHL skater’s value outside of scoring goals and assists, specifically if they’re on the ice for more goals scored than goals allowed, but it’s extremely limited. If you ever hear an argument made and plus/minus is the leading talking point, take it with a grain of salt. With that being said, it’s always...
Via Frozen Notes
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Blues-Blackhawks: Meet me in St. LouBARF

The Chicago Blackhawks start their Stanley Cup Championship defense against America’s Sweethearts: the St. Louis Blues.  The drive down I-55 is enough to hate this match-up, but the (lack of) respect shown by the Blues for opponents is unmatched in the NHL, and Chicago is aware of that. Patrick Kane was injured in a 4-0 win over the Bloos (that’s spelled correctly) in March...
Via The Sports Bank
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Stars beat Blues, clinch first NHL playoff berth in six years

For the first time in six years, the Stanley Cup Playoffs will return to Dallas. With a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday at the American Airlines Center, the Stars clinched the final playoff spot, the second wild-card berth, over Phoenix. As the Stars celebrated in the locker room after breaking their franchise-record playoff drought, no one could have appreciated...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

There's still time for Blues to kick funk -- but they better hurry

ST. LOUIS -- Alexander Steen tried his best to search for positives. The Blues' leading goal-scorer was one himself on Tuesday with his return after three games out of the lineup because of a mysterious upper-body ailment. But Steen also considered himself one of reasons that St. Louis lost again on Tuesday night, 4-1 to the visiting Washington Capitals at Scottrade Center,...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Inconsistent offense results in yet another disappointing day for Blues

Time is running out for the St. Louis Blues if they are going to fix their recent maladies before the start of the playoffs. The Blues' 4-2 loss to the host Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday was their second in successive games, third in six contests and fifth in 10 games and made it apparent they weren't able to find any magic elixirs on their quick trip to the Windy City. ...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Elliott helps Blues defeat Sabres 2-1

ST. LOUIS -- Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Thursday night for their franchise-record 52nd victory. Maxim Lapierre and Brenden Morrow scored as St. Louis improved to 14-2-0 in their last 16 games against Buffalo. The previous record for wins in a season belonged to the 1999-2000 Blues, who won 51 games on its way to its last...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Elliott gets nod from Blues against Miller's former team

Ryan Miller's first shutout with the St. Louis Blues wowed his coach and teammates. It's a feeling the Buffalo Sabres used to know well. Miller, however, is not expected to start Thursday night with Brian Elliott set to get the nod when the Blues host the Sabres. The star goalie stopped 31 shots and kept the net empty in a shootout Tuesday in a 1-0 victory over Philadelphia...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Miller's flawless performance against Flyers is just what he -- and the Blues -- needed

ST. LOUIS -- Uh-oh. That's what St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said he was thinking late in overtime on Tuesday when Flyers forward Jakub Voracek corralled a pass in front and was all alone against Ryan Miller with a chance to net the game-winner. Uh-oh. "I think we all were," Shattenkirk admitted. But then Miller stretched every bit of his scrawny 6...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Ryan Miller may have an interest in Anaheim ☆

It’s no mystery that the St. Louis Blues want to sign Ryan Miller to a long contract. After giving up numerous pieces to secure him and Steve Ott, the Blues made it clear that they didn’t want their relationship with Miller to just be a short-term rental. Will Miller sign a new deal to stay with the Blues? The answer to that will have to wait.  A report from TSN speculates states...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues fall one point behind first in NHL with 4-2 loss to Stars

ST. LOUIS -- The Dallas Stars are trying to make a late playoff push. Against a team battling for first place overall in the league, the Stars stepped up their game. Colton Sceviour got the first two goals and Antoine Roussel scored on a breakaway in the third period to give the Stars a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. "This was a huge test for us,"...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues prepare for visiting Stars with a few lineup changes

The Blues will get another look at their "Dallas Stars" third line of Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy and Steve Ott tonight. Meanwhile, coach Ken Hitchcock is making some other lineup changes Saturday as he looks to get some playing time for guys who have been out of the lineup recently.
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues prepare for visiting Stars with a few lineup changes

ST. LOUIS -- The Blues will get another look at their "Dallas Stars" third line of Brenden Morrow, Derek Roy and Steve Ott tonight against the visiting Dallas Stars. That line is back together again, like a boy band from the early 2000s on a reunion tour, after a somewhat truncated performance Thursday and coach Ken Hitchcock will be watching closely to see if they can...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
21 days ago  |  Discuss

GIF: Steve Ott tricks Colton Sissons, steals the puck

Steve Ott's voice is one you'll hear pretty often during a hockey game. Ott is almost always chirping the opposition, trying to stir things up and get his team motivated for their next shift. On Saturday night in Nashville, Ott used his words to trick Nashville's Colton Sissons into turning the puck over by calling for a drop pass.  Brilliant move by Ott. Sissons...
Via Frozen Notes
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Flight Plan: Stepping Up at the Right Time

Luke Schenn and Steve Ott battle for a loose puck in a 4-1 Philadelphia Flyers victory over the St. Louis Blues. Image c/o Amy Irvin of 38Photography. The Philadelphia Flyers may not have gained much ground in the standings, but they have certainly gained some respect league-wide as they went 4-0-0 this week and beat three of the best teams in the National Hockey League in the Pittsburgh...
Via Flyerdelphia
27 days ago  |  Discuss

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