I think you're on to something.
So eight wins removed form forgiveness? Bishop played in only 13 games for the Blues (with just 8 starts) before he was traded to Ottawa. So I wonder if the Blues knew what they had at the time.
Yeah, I would think Berube rides with the lines that finished out this series. When things are going good, that's been his M.O. He's very hesitant to make changes when that's the case. And I agree with you, they all seemed to perk up some once they were split up. Not sure what to pin the lack of production on. But obviously in the playoffs you're playing top teams. Dallas is one of the top defensive teams in the league, so you knew there wouldn't be a ton of goals scored. And yes, top lines are going to get lots of attention from the opposition in the playoffs.
Well, thanks for noticing. And yes, it was past bed time. But because of the 2 overtimes we were running right up on our last newspaper deadline. So I had two options, run up to the press box (actually, I took the elevator) and try to get some player quotes in the final newspaper edition. Or stay for Berube and not be able to get any player comments in the paper. Since this was a dramatic series-clincher featuring a hometown hero, I made a decision to go with the player quotes and skip Berube. We had other members of the P-D staff there for Berube. (Just FYI, players are always made available first to the media after a game, and then the coach.)
Interesting question, and I'm glad you brought it up. I thought it was very strange to hear booing in Round 2 of the playoffs, especially in light of how far this team has come and the level of its overall play since the start of the new year. The players did notice. I'm sure all of them did. I don't think there's another professional sport where the energy of the crowd affects the players more than hockey. As Pat Maroon pointed out the day before Game 7, playoff hockey is all about who wants it more, who's willing to extend the energy and sometimes pay the price for battling for the puck along the walls and in the corner, clearing someone out of the net front on defense or establish a net front on offense, etc. The crowd energy can fuel that. But I don't sense there was any kind of rallying effect. I asked 3 players about it after Game 5 and Perron came the closest to perhaps saying how it affected the team in the moment: "I mean, it’s not ideal, for sure. I think, also from where we came from to this, it was tough to hear for sure. But it is what it is right now. We understand that our power play wasn’t good enough."
That is interesting. Do you think there's a little freer movement without the guard?
Agreed. You don't always need the perfect lane or best angle. Vince Dunn is a guy who just shoots it. Put it on net, you never know what might happen or where the rebound might go. I think taking more of that style of approach would help the power play. Again, I think you must give some credit to Dallas _ they have one of the league's elite PK units.
Never mind all of that Stan. Can you name 5 players on your Avalanche roster? Do you know Nathan MacKinnin's jersey number? And it's pretty shameless that after the arbitration determined that you must pay up to $24 million to PSL holders in St. Louis, that you have the gall to think you're entitled to half that money back. Stan, I've mentioned this before: You Can't Take It With You. Do you ever wonder about your legacy and how you will be remembered? In St. Louis, it will be as a greedy man, who misled a city and trashed its citizens on the way out of town _ all in the name of the almighty buck. Stan, give some of your fortune to the needy, to charity, to fighting disease. There's more to life than the art of the deal. Much more.
Don't think Blais is going anywhere, lineup-wise, at the moment. I asked Berube about this again, but didn't really get any more insight. I will say this: I think Berube has viewed Blais as the next man up, every since Sanford became a scratch and Fabbri started playing in the Winnipeg series. And he finally gave him a chance. His size and hitting ability was a plus against Dallas.
Thanks for the input LTBF. Strong points.
Point-Counterpoint. Again, although his production numbers (goals, assists) might not necessarily indicate it, I think you could make a point that Thomas was the Blues best player in the series. Berube must have been impressed because he was double-shifting Thomas. But I think the overall point the previous poster was trying to make was fair in the sense that Thomas still needs to grow, develop and work on his game.
Yeah, I mentioned this earlier. Saturday makes sense because of the Cher concert at Enterprise on Friday if it's Colorado. (Because if that's the case, the series starts in StL.)
My running joke when I took over the beat was I would not retire until the Blues won the Stanley Cup. (I envisioned this headline: "Blues win Cup, 95-year-old beatwriter can finally retire.) So I'm here to say should the Blues win the 2019 Stanley Cup, I have no plans of retiring.
They do have a good mix of youth and experience.
I saw that smile this morning watching some of the game (and postgame) that my wife had recorded for me. It's the biggest smile I've ever seen on Berube. As for those teeth. You know they're not all real, right?
I'm gonna say Sharks win _ lots of big-game experience there. But a Blues-Kroenke's Avalanche matchup would be a heckuva storyline. I say Boston comes out of the East.
The Blues may not have the best top-tier talent. But they may have the best team.