“This is our game. It’s not our best game. We can play a lot better than we played today. We’ve still got things we’ve got to work on, but this is our game.
“We’re going to play this game and if it’s good enough, we’re going to put it out there, and if we win with it, great. If we don’t win with it, so be it. But this is our game.”
If Wednesday was truly indicative of the way the Blues want to play, might want to keep an eye on what Kevin Shattenkirk does moving forward.
Why? Well, Shattenkirk assisted on three of St. Louis’ six goals last night, continuing a theme that’s been present throughout this series; all told, he’s recorded helpers on seven of the Blues’ 12 goals and is currently tied with Anaheim’s Corey Perry for the playoff scoring lead.
Part of Shattenkirk’s Game 4 outburst came from a subtle move by Hitchcock. Hitch moved the 26-year-old back onto a defensive pairing with Carl Gunnarsson and the two fared pretty well, emerging with solid possession metrics (while allowing Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo to reunite as a pairing, which was also a boon for the Blues.)
While Shattenkirk was quick to deflect praise onto his teammates following the win, his comments said plenty about the Blues’ top talent coming through in a crucial moment.
“Our best players played well. Our whole lineup played well I think,” Shattenkirk said. “We got something from everyone tonight.”
PHT Morning Skate: Sens’ rookie Curtis Lazar makes a get-well card for Chris Phillips
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Ottawa Senators rookie Curtis Lazar has been living with veteran defenseman Chris Phillips this season. With Phillips undergoing season-ending back surgery on Tuesday, Lazar sketched a get well soon message for his landlord.
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Here’s another look at the highlights from Tuesday night’s triple overtime game between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, which went into the early hours of Wednesday before Brent Seabrook scored the winner.
With the Edmonton winning the NHL Draft Lottery and likely selecting Connor McDavid in June, hockey insider Darren Dreger says Oilers GM Craig MacTavish will be busy this summer doing some “big game hunting” in an effort to address some of his team’s needs. (TSN)
Dustin Byfuglien was on the ice for three of the Anaheim goals in Game 3 and took an undisciplined penalty for his blow to Corey Perry following the Ducks 2-1 goal in the second period. The 30-year-old has been held off the score sheet while registering a minus-3 rating and four penalty minutes through the first three games of the series. All this is has led Matt Larkin over at The Hockey News to write that Byfuglien is hurting his team. (THN)
TSN Radio1200’s Matt Kaunisviita produced a Bob Dylan parody song to “Like A Rolling Stone” titled, “And The Rookie Stone…” referencing Sens’ rookie Mark Stone. (TSN 1200)
Dustin Byfuglien – one of their best players and one of the biggest reasons they even made the postseason – foolishly punching the Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry after a key goal against, taking a bad penalty at a bad time to force his team shorthanded while they were already reeling.
Down 2-0 in the series, Winnipeg had to have this game against the top team in the West.
In part due to plays like that, they didn’t get it.
We’re not quite ready to write off the Jets. A Winnipeg win tomorrow and all of a sudden the Ducks will be feeling some pressure to take care of business at home in Game 5.
But considering the Jets went into the playoffs with people questioning 1) team discipline and 2) Byfuglien’s leadership, it’s interesting how things have played out.
In the first two games, Anaheim scored three power-play goals.
The Winnipeg Jets lost Dustin Byfuglien in their postseason push thanks to the hybrid player’s errors of judgment. They might lose him in the playoffs for a similarly questionable decision.
It wasn’t “Dale Hunter on Pierre Turgeon” bad, yet many evoked the notorious moment in postseason history after seeing Byfuglien take down Corey Perry after the Anaheim Ducks scored a 2-1 goal:
The infraction draw a two-minute roughing penalty, yet one cannot help but wonder if supplemental discipline may come for Big Byfuglien. Even if it ends with that minor penalty, it’s another bit of evidence that Byfuglien may want to keep a cooler head.
Apparently it’s just been that kind of night, too.
Buff has been awful tonight. Chasing high to nowhere on both Ducks goals, chasing from behind on that penalty and dumb penalty on Perry.