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Surprisingly, the Blues looked sleepy and listless – rather like they did a few weeks ago. They certainly weren’t the same team that had just won 4 in a row. Turnovers, mistakes, lack of energy and passion – the same accusations that were levelled at the team in the final days of the Andy Murray tenure. However, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and call it a blip on a radar. The sky isn’t falling and we’ll see how they respond in tomorrow’s game in Montreal.
On the upside, Paul Kariya scored his first goal in 15 games – a powerplay goal at that. Keith Tkachuk powered his way to the net for his 11th of the season and the Blues outshot the Blue Jackets by 32-30. So, it’s not all bad. However, too many Blues seemed to take the night off – or coast around. I can’t see Davis Payne letting that slide and the Blues had an extra practice today in Columbus to work on “support play”.
I feel confident we’ll see the hard working, passionate and hard forechecking team tomorrow in Montreal – it looks like Ty Conklin might well get the start. However – your game reports:
- The Blues Official Site has the recap and game highlights.
- St Louis Game Time point out that the Blues have now lost one in a row.
- Jeremy Rutherford at the Post Dispatch notes that the Blues lost for the first time in five games, with comments from Davis Payne, Barret Jackman and Chris Mason.
There are other things going on today in Blues-land:
- Jeremy Rutherford announces that the Blues have hired Tyler Love as the new goalie coach. The Blues have been without a goalie coach since Rick Wamsley took over as Head Coach in Peoria. Tyler Love is co-owner of the World Pro Goaltending Center in Calgary and has worked with Chris Mason during the last two offseasons. Love has also worked with Carey Price, Mike Brodeur and Chad Johnson.
- The Blues Official Site have a three part video interview with Blues Head Coach, Davis Payne.