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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ian Cole had a goal and an assist to lead the St. Louis Blues to their third straight win, 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.
Magnus Paajarvi had the other goal for the Blues, who have won all four of their games against Nashville this season.
Ryan Miller stopped 21 shots to win his third game in as many starts since being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Nick Spaling scored for the Predators, losers of six of seven.
Cole scored the game’s first goal at 4:03 of the opening period after Steve Ott won a faceoff in the left circle and Cole beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne with a wrist shot high to the far side.
Ott’s assist was his first point as a Blue.
Nashville drew even at 10:28 of the first on Spaling’s 11th goal of the season.
From the right half boards, Patric Hornqvist sent a pass in front, where Spaling tipped the puck high over Miller’s right shoulder.
St. Louis regained the lead at 8:18 of the second on Paajarvi’s sixth of th
ST. LOUIS — Steve Ott couldn’t hide the smile.
Before the reporter could finish spitting out the question, the new St. Louis Blues forward heard the word “playoffs.” He knew where the query was headed, referencing the move from last-place Buffalo to second-place St. Louis and an opportunity for a postseason run.
“I knew this was a special group and coming right into the dressing room and seeing how tight-knit a group this was and how much fun they are having in doing so,” he said. “There’s obviously a lot of hockey left to go, but we have a chance. We have a chance at it if we continue to strive and continue to push forward, then this team, I think, has one of the top chances in the league to have success, and that’s why we’re here.”
The “we’re” he referenced, of course, is Ott and goaltender Ryan Miller, the centerpiece of last Friday’s blockbuster deal that sent Jaroslav Halak and Chris Stewart to Buffalo along with prospect Willia
T.J. Oshie has scored some pretty beautiful goals in the shootout. Though he’s widely applauded for his sorcery in the skills competition, Oshie also has some nifty moves at his disposal when defenders are out on the ice.
In Ryan Miller’s first home game with the Blues, Oshie made quick work of three Tampa Bay defenders and lifted a shot into the back of the net as he was falling to one knee. Did I mention this all happened while Oshie was helping kill a penalty?
That’s about as good as they come. Oshie made three defenseman look very, very average (let’s be honest – they are) before backhanding the puck past Ben Bishop. This goal tied the game at 2-2 and rejuvenated what had been a lifeless, slow St. Louis roster.
Looking at the Blues roster, there is one position that is in dire need of an upgrade, and that is the center position.
David Backes will hold down the number one center position for the Blues, but there is a big hole in the second center position. Vladimir Sobotka has done a very solid job of holding down the fort on the second line. Ideally, he’s a third line center who can chip in on the of…
ST. LOUIS — Blues coach Ken Hitchcock issued a warning, of sorts, following his team’s morning skate Tuesday.
Immediately after lauding the recent play of three of his team’s Olympians — forward Patrik Berglund and defensemen Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo — the veteran coach cautioned that the Blues’ other Olympians still weren’t quite back to normal and we might have to wait a little longer to assess them.
“I don’t think you can get a good read on the other guys until their energy comes back,” Hitchcock said. “I think in the next 48 hours you get a better read on some of the other guys that played there because they are over the jet lag and the tiredness that went on with what they did.”
It didn’t take 48 hours.
It took less than 10.
It was those other Olympians who stepped forward and made a difference in the Blues’ impressive 4-2 come-from-behind victory against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
All four goals came from the St. Loui
After St. Louis Blues right wing T.J. Oshie made waves at the Winter Olympics in Sochi for his shootout heroics against Russia, everyone who never followed hockey before had a new favorite hockey player. As fate would have it, Oshie is a pretty darn good player in the NHL too. Check out this goal from the Blues’ 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight: Working on the rush with Alex Steen, Oshie received a drop pass before promptly splitting Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman and Teddy Purcell. All Oshie had to do after that was slip past a sprawling Martin St. Louis, which he did. Oshie flicked a backhand past Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop at the 17:04 mark of the second period. For two consecutive games now, the Blues have found themselves behind 2-0, before clawing back and winning 4-2. As Ryan Miller can attest to from his time in Buffalo, playing from behind in games isn’t fun when it happens every night. – – – – – Around the Rink Assistant Site Manager Joe Ray - @jpray_SK Follow us on Twitt
St. Louis Blues forward and American hero T.J. Oshie flaunted some more of his on-ice magic with an incredible goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Oshie became a household name after his shootout performance in the 2014 Winter Olympics, but the 27-year-old is much more than just a one-hit wonder shootout specialist. His skills were on full display Tuesday night, as he weaved through through the Lightning defense to score a beautiful shorthanded goal late in the second period.
Oshie’s 15th goal of the season tied the game at 2-2, and the Blues went on to win 4-2.
Check out the stunning tally in the video below.
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ST. LOUIS — Alexander Steen got the go-ahead goal early in the third period and goalie Ryan Miller won his first home start in the St. Louis Blues’ 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
T.J. Oshie’s short-handed goal tied it in the second period and he assisted on Steen’s 29th of the season for the Central Division leaders. Patrik Berglund started the comeback with his third goal in two games and Vladimir Tarasenko’s empty-net score cinched it with a half-minute to go.
Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson gave Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, a St. Louis native and former Blue, an early cushion against an opponent that’s had to come from behind in all four games since the Olympic break.
Miller made his second career appearance in St. Louis and faced just 17 shots against a team playing on the road for the eighth time in 10 games. He made a nice glove save on Martin St. Louis with just under two minutes to play.
The Blues have rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 4-2 the last two g
Most St. Louis Blues fans were elated to hear about the Ryan Miller trade. Sure, there were some complaints about Steve Ott joining him, but the general consensus was extremely positive.
As you might imagine, fans in Buffalo weren’t as pleased. Though they knew the trade was a necessary part of the rebuild, saying farewell to the veteran netminder as well as their captain wasn’t easy. Add in the fact the front office is about as unorganized and dysfunctional as possible, you have some very depressed Sabres fans.
The cartoon above, seen in The Buffalo News, represents the feeling in Buffalo. It’s a sad reminder of what life can be like in the world of hockey when things just aren’t going your way.
Ryan Miller is looking for a second straight win with the St. Louis Blues, while attempting to win over the fans of his new team.
Martin St. Louis could find himself in the same situation soon.
Miller will likely make his home debut for the Blues on Tuesday night when they face the Tampa Bay Lightning, who may be captained by St. Louis for the last time.
St. Louis (40-14-6) acquired Miller in a trade with Buffalo on Saturday in the hopes that improved goaltending can help it make a serious run at the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.
The Blues got a taste of what Miller can deliver Sunday, when he made 23 saves in support of a four-goal third period in a 4-2 win at Phoenix.
“It’s quite an experience to change teams,” Miller said. “You want to get off to a good start and start to work with the boys, kind of show them what you can do and earn their trust.”
The 2010 Vezina Trophy winner is looking to do the same for the home fans as he’s expected to make his team debut at Scottrade C
Will Ryan Miller sign a new deal to stay in St. Louis?
That’s the question being asked by Blues fans just a few days after the club brought Miller and Steve Ott to St. Louis in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart and a few other assets. After the Blues paid a steep price to get him, the attention is now on getting a deal in place which will keep Miller in the St. Louis crease for the foreseeable future.
When asked about this very topic by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Miller answered cautiously.
“I’m very open to it. But right now, it’s more about the hockey. We’re going to have a lot of time later on to feel that out. I think it’s definitely a possibility.”
The “very open to it” response is at least encouraging, but it’s probably not as firm as some fans would like to hear.
For the Blues, Miller’s future in St. Louis needs to be more than just a “possibility.” It needs to happen. The team paid a …
After being traded by the Buffalo Sabres in a blockbuster deal last Friday, Ryan Miller made his debut for the St. Louis Blues with a 23-save effort in a 4-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night. Immediately after the game’s final buzzer, Miller unexpectedly became aware of a tradition held by one of his new teammates, Jay Bouwmeester: He likes to punch his netminders right in the mask after a win. Bouwmeester delivered an inaugural jab last night to kick off Miller’s tenure in St. Louis, and the goalie seemed quite hilariously surprised at the gesture. But, to be fair, Miller hasn’t gotten used to any sort of victory celebration in Buffalo recently. [r/hockey] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Ryan Miller is now an elite fantasy goaltender. The St. Louis Blues made a bold move Friday acquiring long time Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and the now former Buffalo captain Steve Ott. You all know about the trade, but what you may not realize is that Ryan Miller is no longer on your fantasy teams bubble, he is among the top players on your roster. Miller doesn’t have the greatest stats this season boasting a measly 5-22-3 record with a 2.72 goals-against average. The key to his definite success in St. Louis though is his top 10 NHL save percentage at .923. If you take into account he has the 6th most shots against with five fewer starts than the other top 5 goalies in that category, it shows you how talented he has to be to achieve that save percentage. Now Miller joins a Blues team that surrenders the second fewest shots in the NHL. What that means is he will have less pressure on him to carry his team. He will earn more victories, decrease his GAA and improve on his already dominant save percenta
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Scotty Bowman never thought much about building a tradition when he got his first NHL head coaching gig in 1968 with the expansion St. Louis Blues.
“I was just hoping to get the ship righted,” said Bowman, an assistant who took over the team mid-season when coach Lynn Patrick resigned after a slow start. “We didn’t even make the playoffs until the final week of the regular season. We had a lot of work to do.”
In an era when the NHL divided the league into an Original Six division and an expansion division, Bowman took the Blues to three straight Stanley Cup Finals where they were swept by the mighty Montreal Canadiens twice (’68 and ’69) and the Bobby Orr-led Boston Bruins once (’70).
Unfortunately for the city, Bowman left in 1971 due to a dispute with team ownership. While he went on to post the most coaching wins (1,467 regular season and playoffs) and Stanley Cups (nine) in NHL history, the franchise he left never built on its promising start. St. Lou
While the St. Louis Blues made a major move to upgrade their goaltending for what they hope is a deep playoff run, their more immediate concern is to find some offense.
On the same night Ryan Miller could make his St. Louis debut, the Blues try to avoid being blanked in three straight games for the first time ever Sunday night when they face the Phoenix Coyotes, losers of three straight.
Among the NHL leaders with a 2.27 goals-against average, St. Louis (39-14-6) made a bold statement Friday when it acquired Miller and gritty veteran center Steve Ott from Buffalo for No. 1 goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier and two draft picks.
“The management and ownership is really committed to winning, and winning now, and that’s partly shown in the move we’ve made,” forward David Backes said. “Ryan Miller is an all-world goalie that has shown it time and time again.”
Miller, MVP of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the Vezina Trophy winner that same year, b