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Brett Hull Night – and the Blues delivered
Well, it was Brett Hull night at the Scottrade Center and there was a terrific (and thankfully televised) pregame ceremony honouring the Blues legend. Brett Hull had been previously asked to name his “dream team” of players – and a lot of them turned up to honour him. Amongst the attendees on ice were Kelly Chase, Tony Twist, Brendan Shanahan, Al MacInnis, Garth Butcher, Grant Fuhr, Curtis Joseph and, in a bit of a surprise move, the Great One himself: Wayne Gretzky. All were roundly cheered as they were announced and it was really good to see the great reception the fans gave Wayne Gretzky even though he’d only been with the Blues for a limited time. If you missed it, the pregame ceremony can be viewed online at the Blues Official Site.
After the emotion of the ceremony, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Blues would lay a pretty big egg on the ice in their game against the Flames. They didn’t. We finally got a 60 minute game out of the Blues – they didn’t panic when they went behind, they merely stepped up to tie and eventually win the game. This was the team we’ve wanted to see since the start of the season.
Brad Boyes managed three assists; David Backes picked up a goal and an assist; Andy McDonald broke out of his slump by scoring the Blues second goal following a superb pass from Brad Boyes; Alex Steen scored his second of the year – and a rare Blues Powerplay goal – with a laser of a shot from near the blueline and TJ Oshie – the player that Brett Hull says is most like him – wrapped things up with the game winning goal following a sublime little pass from Paul Kariya.
Once again the Blues had to deal with a late flourish from the opposition after Erik Johnson was called for hooking with just over a minute left. The Flames pulled their goaltender and, whereas in past games, the Blues might have been expected to buckle, this time they dealt with it quite calmly – easily managing to clear their zone. In fact, they limited the Flames to only FOUR shots on goal in the third period.
The Blues now have 33 points. Only one less than the Blue Jackets and Oilers who have played three and two more games than the Blues respectively. In fact, the Blues have at least one game in hand on all the teams above them. So, with things looking brighter in Blues-land, here are your game reports:
- St Louis Game Time with their summing up of the evening.
- St Louis Game Time Game Day Thread – are you brave enough?
- St Louis Post-Dispatch has a recap with comments from Andy Murray, TJ Oshie, Brad Boyes and Alex Steen.
- The Blues Official Site has recap, boxscore and highlights from both the game and the Brett Hull pregame ceremony.
What’s left to say now apart from “bring on the Hawks!”. Blues play the Chicago Blackhawks tonight in Chicago.