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St. Louis Game Time 5 hours ago
Beyond Checkerdome: 20,000-Person Orgasm

Beyond Checkerdome: 20,000-Person Orgasm

Episode 40 is up and coming to an ear near you! Playoffs Are Here! Today's show includes a celebration of Games 1 and 2 from Round 1 of the playoffs. We talk about the heart attacks, the crotch-grabbing drama, and the general blowed-up-ness of the Scottrade Center. Also, the side benefits of Tim's playoff seats, the re-found wealth of secondary scoring, and of course the douchebaggery of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. A few ideas about suspensions are tossed around. All that, and a beer or two... Give it a listen, eh? For the download link, go HERE How exciting is this?! Thanks...
St. Louis Game Time 6 hours ago
Blues vs Blackhawks: Converting Possession into Goals

Blues vs Blackhawks: Converting Possession into Goals

Which St. Louis Blues players are converting puck possession into goals and how do the Blues compare against the Blackhawks through the first three games of round one. .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage { display: block; width: 100%; } .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage img { max-width: 100%; } Steen: "We played fairly well (in Game 3), but not well enough to win the game. We're not in this to play well, we're in this to win." — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 22, 2014 This quote really sums up some of my frustrations that I have about the St. Louis Blues and...
St. Louis Game Time 12 hours ago

Wednesday Links - Just A Wee Touch Better

The Blues were good enough to win Monday, but they just needed to be a wee touch better. They get another shot tonight. But before that, I have a shitload of things for you to click on, including an awesome Habs video. So get to it! This could be a series-evener . . . or it could be the game that pushes the Blackhawks to the brink of elimination. Yeah, kinda big and stuff. Oh, and check out the comments in the Game 3 recap. We have the banhammer ready. I won't spoil as to why, if you don't already know. BLUES NEWS: Blame Ryan Miller for the Game 3 loss? You're dumb, and here's eleven...
St. Louis Game Time 23 hours ago

Is David Backes Returning In The Next Few Games?

A couple of quotes from Ken Hitchcock make it easy to jump to that conclusion. .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage { display: block; width: 100%; } .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage img { max-width: 100%; } I expected David Backes to be out for, at the very least, the rest of this round. Brent Seabrook cold cocked him good, and seeing someone woozy on their feet like that is not the best indicator of a brain-trauma free evening. In the post-game media scrum after the game, Ken Hitchcock had some interesting things to say. Namely this, from Chicago Tribune reporter Chris...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 22, 2014
Top Eleven Things To Blame Game Three's Loss On Other Than Ryan Miller

Top Eleven Things To Blame Game Three's Loss On Other Than Ryan Miller

After a soft first goal, the Blues' goaltender was stellar. .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage { display: block; width: 100%; } .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage img { max-width: 100%; } Ryan Miller let in a squeezably soft goal last night that proved all that the Blackhawks would need to win. No one was happy. Most of my twitter timeline erupted with either "Dammit, Miller" "there's the soft goal of the game." Not confidence building. Somehow, though, Miller maintained his confidence (the one that matters) and went on to block the next 23 shots. If you look at the score,...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 22, 2014

Tuesday Open Bar - Meh.

I traveled last night, so I missed the game. And I work tomorrow. So you get a whole bag of Ain't Give No Fuck for today's links. Oh, and a video perfect for you Stargate wonks. I spent most of yesterday traveling to, visiting and traveling from Yellowstone National Park. Guess I won THAT contest. Anyway. From the looks and sounds of things, the Blues played a great game against the Blackhawks and basically lost because the other goaltender was just a bit better. Had the Blues shit the bed completely, I'd be a fuck-ton more worried. Also of note . . . I told my fiancee that if the Blues...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 22, 2014
Recap: Blues Fall to Hawks 2-0 in Game 3

Recap: Blues Fall to Hawks 2-0 in Game 3

Tonight was a familiar feeling for many a Blues fan. Game Threes just are not the Blues thing. They lost to the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 tonight but still lead the series 2-1. .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage { display: block; width: 100%; } .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage img { max-width: 100%; } Rd. I: GAME III Recap Tonight was a night of reckoning for the St. Louis Blues. There was bad blood, more bad blood between Joffrey Baratheon and Tyrion Lannister during the Purple Wedding. The lead up for game 3 was all about what shit heads the Hawks were and what a...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 21, 2014
Game 3: Blues at Chicago Blackhawks Preview

Game 3: Blues at Chicago Blackhawks Preview

If you survived games 1 and 2 ... good. Here's another one. Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends ... Well OK, "never" is a strong word, but four overtimes in 2 games sure is a lot of hockey. I was thankful that my seats for Game 2 allowed me to pace a little bit. As is tradition, the Blues have a new intro video and song package for the playoffs. The current one begins with these opening lines and notes, from Emerson Lake and Palmer's "Karn Evil 9 -1st Impression". We're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside. You may recall that, in last year's playoffs, the...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 21, 2014

Blues vs. Blackhawks Game Three Morning Open Thread: Welcome To The Madhouse

The Madhouse on Madison may be more insane than usual during games three and four of this close and physical series. .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage { display: block; width: 100%; } .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage img { max-width: 100%; } If the Chicago Blackhawks aren't feeling a little down heading into their first two home games of the playoffs, I'd be surprised. Sure, they've come back from deficits before (and God knows that the two-game lead is the hardest lead in playoff hockey). Yes, they'll be in front of over 20,000 Blackhawks fans that will make a deafening...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 21, 2014

Monday Links - Meanwhile, Up I-55 . . .

Game 3. Fuck Duncan Keith. Fuck trolls. Prospects. Overseas fans. Other series'. RIP, Hurricane. The Mayor of Peoria is a dipshit. And the Seabrook suspension video. Let's Go Blues! Now, if you're a Blues fan and you think the series is over . . . you're not really a Blues fan. But boy, we're far away from a week ago when everyone wanted to board the Panic Bus, aren't we? Fun times. But put on a helmet tonight, it's gonna get ugly. BLUES NEWS: It was bad enough that Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook plowed over David Backes in Game 2, making the head his primary point of contact. But...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 20, 2014

"Game Time" Prospect Sunday: ON THE HORIZON, April 20, 2014

Just three clubs and four prospects still standing -- or skating, as the case may be -- in the major junior and USHL playoffs. Here's your weekly look ahead at the upcoming schedule for all Blues' prospects outside the North American pro ranks... European leagues, major junior, and NCAA. . . CLUB SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT . ... 4/20 4/21 4/22 4/23 4/24 4/25 4/26 . BLAINVILLE-BOISBRIAND (QMHJL) ...... ...... vs BAIE-COMEAU vs BAIE-COMEAU ...... at BAIE-COMEAU ** ...... . INDIANA (USHL) ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... vs DUBUQUE vs DUBUQUE . MEDICINE HAT (WHL) at...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 20, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY: TRENDING UP, April 20, 2014

The Chicago Wolves put forth a dominating performance this week, winning four straight to power past Grand Rapids for the AHL Midwest Division crown and the number two seed in the Western Conference playoffs. So it should come as no surprise that this week's "Fab Five" is dominated by a pack of Wolves. Here's your weekly look at five Blues' prospects who have exceeded expectations over the last seven days. By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department ___________________________________________________________________________ THREE STAR SELECTIONS FOR THE WEEK ENDING 04-19-14 ***...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 20, 2014

"Game Time" Prospect Sunday: THE '14 FILE, Apr. 20, 2014

A very brief look at some of the players in North America who made significant jumps from Central Scouting's Midterm rankings to the Final rankings for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. ONLINE COUNTDOWNS xyz ====================================================================== In this, our second stab at a "Hot List" for the 2014 Draft, we're looking at some players who made big moves up the rankings in North America. We will focus only on players who rose in the rankings in this list. The next "Hot List" will be players who have been on the GTPD radar all year, but dropped in...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 20, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY for April 20, 2014

A strong finish by the Chicago Wolves, coupled with a fade in the stretch by the Grand Rapids Griffins, results in the Wolves' capturing the AHL Midwest Division crown. Meanwhile, a few hundred miles to the northeast, the Kalamazoo Wings split the first two games of their opening-round ECHL playoff series with Greenville. TRANSACTIONS Date Link Details 04-13-14 LINK LW SERGEY ANDRONOV and RW TY RATTIE reassigned by St. Louis (NHL) to Chicago (AHL). 04-14-14 LINK LW YANNICK VEILLEUX reassigned by to St. Louis (NHL) to Kalamazoo (ECHL) from Chicago (AHL). Called up to Chicago 4/15,...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 20, 2014

Blackhawks Taunt David Backes After Hit To Head

Talk about poking the bear - this kind of behavior - playoffs or not - is going to lead to repercussions. .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage { display: block; width: 100%; } .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage img { max-width: 100%; } By this point, every single one of us has seen the hit that Brent Seabrook laid on David Backes yesterday afternoon. The team hasn't released information on the captain yet, but post-game Ken Hitchcock said he was "not good." That's putting it lightly, considering he probably couldn't tell you his own name after the hit. We all saw the NBC...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 20, 2014
Sunday Links: Happy Holiday! Also, Happy Easter!

Sunday Links: Happy Holiday! Also, Happy Easter!

Don't let the fact that Brent Seabrook exists keep you from living a long, full life filled with lots of link-clicking! Given everything that went down yesterday (plus that whole "holiday" thing) I figured I'd just give you guys an Easter Link Hunt! (Note, I'm not good at hiding them. Sorry.) BLUES NEWS: The Blues blew a lead...and then rallied to unblow it, winning 4-3 in just one overtime. Happy recap: [SLGT] The Blackhawks played like shit...and then rallied to take the lead...and then unrallied to blow it. Not-so-happy recap: [The Committed Indian] Then this happened... [The Hockey...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 19, 2014
Recap: Blues Rally to Defeat Hawks in Game 2

Recap: Blues Rally to Defeat Hawks in Game 2

This afternoon took a dark vicious turn and would see the St. Louis Blues down a captain and a goal with five minutes remaining in regulation. The team would secure the win to take a 2-0 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks. .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage { display: block; width: 100%; } .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage img { max-width: 100%; } Rd 1: Game II Recap Today Blues fans were privy to having the first game on the docket for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was an early one;seriously I had to get up at noon. With the quick turnaround between games, many...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 19, 2014
This Is How Brent Seabrook Reacted To His Headshot On David Backes

This Is How Brent Seabrook Reacted To His Headshot On David Backes

Someone needs to e-mail this photo to the Department of Player Safety: Here's the photo editor's description: ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 19: Referee Brad Kovachick #71 restrains Brent Seabrook #7 of the Chicago Blackhawks who laughs after lying out David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues in Game Two of the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 19, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/) Seabrook might've been remorseful after he thought about the hit, but he doesn't seem to give a shit immediately afterward.
St. Louis Game Time Apr 19, 2014

David Backes Leveled by Brent Seabrook

The third period was not the best period of the game for the Blues. Two deflections wound up in the back of the net, Bryan Bickell knee'd Vladimir Sobotka, the power play wasn't clicking, and then this happened: Backes was extremely slow to get up, and when he did he had no clue where he was - he tried to go after Seabrook in the ensuing scrum, but it was broken up and a very wobbly Backes was led back to the locker room to get medical attention. There was no penalty on the play, but Seabrook was ejected from the game. He's never been suspended before, but at least a few games would not be...

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