No way. Could it be? The injured reserve is…empty!? The St. Louis Blues played last night as a complete, healthy team (with the exception of Jamie Langenbrunner of course). I was getting excited about this yesterday, but of course I couldn’t say anything then because I didn’t want to jinx it. I will now commence my happy dance publicly.
TJ Oshie, who missed three games due to injury, was back in the lineup last night, and had a very good game. Eh, the guy just loves playing hockey, so of course his beagle-puppy-esque enthusiasm was abundantly evident during his interview in the first intermission. He would then go on to score a goal in the third period. John Kelly called it the prettiest goal of the game. I think it’s fitting.
Defense pair Kris Russell and Roman Polak did very well last night also, both on the ice for all three goals.
Jaroslav Halak has tied the franchise record for shutouts, with his 16th as a Blue. Glenn Hall was the last goalie to post that many shutouts wearing the Bluenote. Glenn Hall did it in 140 games, but last night, Jaro did it in 115. (@lkorac10) Yesterday it was being said that Jake Allen would get the start Sunday night in Calgary, but Ken Hitchcock often holds to the “Shutout = Start In Next Game” rule. So Jaro will get the start against Calgary. (@lkorac10) On a somewhat related note, Ken Hitchcock says he doesn’t care which goaltender is #1, or #2, “or whatever.” (@jprutherford) Hitch is my favorite.
On a kind of “blah” note, David Perron took three penalties during last night’s game. …Yeah, it’s dumb. It shouldn’t happen. I’m not dwelling on it.
Some notes from around the organization:
- The Peoria Rivermen also won 3-0 last night, against the Chicago Wolves. It was Mike McKenna‘s second shutout in five starts. (@Peoria_Rivermen) Gotta love the organizational unity there.
- Early this morning, it was announced that Sergey Andronov (currently playing with the Peoria Rivermen) has agreed to an NHL deal with the Blues. (@STLBluesWriter)
- The Rivermen have called up defenseman Dan Tetrault from the Evansville IceMen as Mark Cundari was injured last night. (@icetimecleve) Tetrault was signed this morning to a PTO with the Rivermen. (@peoria_rivermen)
- The IceMen lost their final home game last night 5-2 against the Kalamazoo Wings.
Oh, and finally: just in case you thought we were done saying sad farewells to Matt D’Agostini, Alexander Steen tweeted this late last night. Here’s wishing D’Ags best of luck with the Devils. I’ll shut up about him now.
Let’s go Blues!