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Five power play goals over the past four games. I'll take it. It still needs to be more direct. Take more shots. Sometimes when the Blues dump it in to gain entry, I think they do it a little too soon.
Well, I have some championship coverage experience w/the Greatest Show. (kidding) I joked when I took over the hockey beat that I would not retire until the Blues won the Stanley Cup and I envisioned a headline that read something like this: "Blues win Cup! 95-year-old beat writer can finally retire." Well, if the Blues win the Cup this year, I'm not retiring.
I can't remember. But we'll take your word for it.
It's been played a lot, right? My wife and I used to dance to it at the Oz nightclub. I met her in '82, the year the song came out. Is anyone else getting tired of it?
That's exactly what Bobby Plager told us last night: "Four more wins, boys."
I can't speak for San Jose. They did seem very confident after that 6-3 win in the series opener. But it certainly seemed to galvanize the Blues, who outscored the Sharks 12-2 in the final three games of the series.
Yeah, I hear you. I think they got wore down by the Blues' physical play, they have several older players. They played two tough 7-game series, and the Blues had a couple of days of extra rest before the series started. I think that all factors in.
I'm still new around the beat and new to the game, so I'm still working on developing relationships. As a reporter, it's not your job to be the players' friend. Or coach's friend, so you don't really try to "buddy-up" to them. That doesn't mean you don't end up liking some players _ or likely some more than others _ because that's just the way human interaction works. I think Berube chuckles sometimes because he's surprised by a question _ you know, a little bit of a nervous reaction _ and sometimes I ask a certain question with the idea of trying to make him laugh or smile. Just because.
Oh, I think there are some younger Bruins that might know how to attack Binnington just because they saw him in practice every day. So yeah, that could be a factor. Conversely, at least with those younger Bruins, you would think that Binnington knows their strengths and weaknesses.
I have no idea what you're talking about. (Wink, wink)
Goals probably will be at a premium against the Bruins. In four regular-season games against them _ this year and last _ the Blues have scored only 6 goals against them and never more than two goals in any one of those four games. That's not including Sammy Blais' game-winning shootout goal in the sixth shootout round on Feb. 23 against Boston.
Very much so. More so than I could've imagined. Part of that, obviously, is the many amazing storylines that have come out of this season. Including, of course, the Stanley Cup. The game is very fast. I love the strange idiosyncrasies and traditions of the game. Such as no Blues player touching the Campbell Bowl last night. My common answer is that I'm enjoying hockey more than I'm missing football.
How are you TT? I'm sure you're enjoying the playoff run.
There is a pool of money that is split up among the players as agreed upon the league and the players union. Obviously, the further you go in the playoffs, the more you get. Two years ago, the Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins split up about $4.3 million. The Cup runner-up Nashville Predators split up around $2.6 million. Not a ton of money, but still something. The overall playoff pool is a little larger this year, so the shares will be a little larger. As for postseason bonuses, I don't have a feel for whether that is prevalent in the league or not.
I think if you can keep Maroon for a reasonable amount, you do it. I think you try to renegotiate at least one of the Schenn and Pietrangelo contracts this offseason. I regard them both as assets that the team should try to retain. I don't know if the Blues can afford to re-sign them both this offseason. I doubt if Gunnarsson's back. And I wonder whether Steen will have his contract bought out.
I'm a firm believer that teams _ regardless of sport _ reflect the personality of their head coach. I think a lot of that resiliency and mental toughness is a reflection of Berube.
I haven't done the research on this so hard to comment on it. But it does seem like many lower-seeded teams in recent years have ended up winning the Cup.
I think a lot of our city's sports fans have moved on from the Rams, although they do seem to be keeping a keen eye on the various lawsuits. But I do think _ ONCE AGAIN _ the atmosphere around the entire Blues playoff run, including Game 6 last night and the watch party on Sunday has shown that St. Louis is far more than a baseball town as Kroenke/Demoff claimed (and the NFL seemed to feel that way as well). It's a great sports town. The move to California by the Rams had everything to do with money. Nothing else. It had nothing to do with "baseball town" or "dying market" or any of the other Kroenke lies. Kroenke just made that stuff up because he was worried about getting league approval for his move.
Glenn Hall is 87 so I don't know what kind of health "Mr. Goalie" is in, or if he even travels these days. But it would so great to see many of those Blues from the 1968-70 teams gather and be recognized before a Stanley Cup home game at Enterprise.