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Stars chase Elliott with three goals on six shots — in under nine minutes


The Blues experienced one of their worst home starts of the season tonight against the Stars at Scottrade.

Two goals from Jamie Benn and another from Cody Eakin — all inside the opening nine minutes of the game — forced Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock to burn his timeout early and yank starting netminder Brian Elliott in favor of Jake Allen.

Here’s Benn’s opening goal at the 2:47 mark, which began St. Louis’ free fall:

From the Dallas perspective, this is a really impressive start. The club struggled to score goals in its first game without Tyler Seguin on Saturday — losing 4-1 to Colorado — and will need to continue finding the back of the net while its leading scorer is sidelined for 3-6 weeks with a knee injury.



Goalie nods: It has to be Johnson for the Isles… right? (Update: Yep)

New York Islanders v Detroit Red Wings

All the latest from the crease…

Who goes for New York?

The Islanders won’t announce their starting goalie until 5 p.m. ET today, so we don’t know if it’s Chad Johnson or Jaroslav Halak in net for tonight’s affair against Carolina.

Update: It’s Johnson.

One would suspect Johnson gets the nod, given tonight is the second of a back-to-back; Halak played last night, and allowed six goals on 42 shots in an emotional loss to the Rangers.

That said, head coach Jack Capuano could possibly be persuaded to let Halak try and bounce back; the 29-year-old Slovak looked rattled and a bit shaky as the Blueshirts made a concerted effort to get into his kitchen.

Related: The Isles are surrendering too many goals

“I want to get shots,” captain Ryan McDonagh said, per Newsday. “We wanted to make it more difficult on Halak tonight than in other past games. He’s been a big difference in why we haven’t been able to beat them in the past.

“We talked about getting in front of the net and making it tough on him, make him fight through screens. We were a lot hungrier in front of him for sure.”

No word yet on who’ll start in goal for the ‘Canes.


Blue Jackets at Flyers: Curtis McElhinney vs. Ray Emery

Caps at Pens: Braden Holtby vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Sabres at Devils: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Michal Neuvirth likely for Buffalo.

Panthers at Leafs: Roberto Luongo vs. Jonathan Bernier

Stars at Blues: Brian Elliott for St. Louis, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Sharks at Preds: Alex Stalock for San Jose, Pekka Rinne likely for Nashville.

Update: We missed the part where Ovechkin said Getzlaf might be jealous because ‘he don’t have hair’


Earlier, we passed along Alex Ovechkin’s denial of Ryan Getzlaf’s diving accusations, but (regrettably) didn’t see that Ovechkin suggested Getzlaf’s comments might’ve come from follicle envy.

From the Washington Post:

After Ovechkin buried the Anaheim Ducks in a 5-3 win beneath his second four-point game of the season, his counterpart captain, Ryan Getzlaf, accused him of diving. Did Ovechkin have an answer?

“No response,” Ovechkin said, before then offering one. “Maybe he’s just jealous. I have hair, he don’t have hair. We can start talking about it all day long. I think it was comment because he was disappointed they lost. Again, it is what it is.”

You don’t normally hear players go after other players’ hair — or, lack of it — but I think Drew Doughty opened the floodgates during All-Star weekend in Columbus when he ripped on Kevin Shattenkirk’s salad during the Fantasy Draft.

As such, everything is f-hair game now.


Jackman to pass Sutter tonight for 2nd on Blues’ games played list

Barret Jackman

Tonight will be a special one for Barret Jackman.

Jackman will play in game No. 780 tonight, moving him past former Blues captain Brian Sutter and into second place on the franchise’s all-time games played list — trailing only St. Louis legend Bernie Federko.

“I think one-team longevity is uncommon now,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said of Jackman, per the team website. “I don’t think you see it very much anymore. It’s nice to see a guy that’s a good player get to stay with the same team for a long period of time.

“To have Jax here for this extended period of time, I think it helps you continuity-wise with your program. He can help a lot of the young players out. I think he’s established in the community, so, there’s a real identity with him and the St. Louis community.”

The Calder winner as NHL rookie of the year in 2003 — beating out Henrik Zetterberg and Rick Nash — Jackman has been a model of consistency during his 13 years with the Blues, and is the longest-tenured athlete in St. Louis professional sports.

More, from the Blues website:

When the Blues face the Dallas Stars tonight at Scottrade Center, Jackman will surpass Brian Sutter for second place on the Blues’ games-played list. Sutter spent his entire 12-year playing career in St. Louis, including nine seasons as a captain. The two are not only linked in longevity, they are mirrored in method.

Jackman and Sutter are two of four players in club history to have collected over 1,000 career penalty minutes. During his career, Jackman’s body-sacrificing style has produced 909 hits and 1,196 blocked shots – two numbers that only nine other NHL players have reached since those stats both began tracking in 2005-06.

“You couldn’t ask for a better teammate, a better leader,” said Blues forward T.J. Oshie. “He’s played a lot of games and gotten pretty nicked up. He’s definitely a warrior in every sense of the word.”

A pending UFA, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with Jackman this summer. It seems unlikely he’d want to play anywhere other than St. Louis but, with the Blues carrying a relatively high payroll and salary cap uncertainty for next season, he might be forced to take a hometown discount from the three-year, $9.5M deal he’s currently on.

Video: Lehtera, Blues edge Panthers in shootout

Jori Lehtera, Barret Jackman, T.J. Oshie

Jori Lehtera had the shootout winner as the St. Louis Blues edged the Florida Panthers 2-1 Sunday night.

With the win the Blues have won three straight and 15 of their last 18. St. Louis is now four points back of the Nashville Predators for top spot in the Western Conference.

Jaden Schwartz’s 20th of the season was the lone Blues’ regulation goal while Brian Elliott made 40 saves in the win.

With Roberto Luongo pulled, Nick Bjugstad tied the game 1-1 at 18:47 of the third period to force overtime. With his assist on the goal, defenseman Aaron Ekblad made a little history.

The Panthers have now gone three straight without a win. However, the single point moves Florida to within three points of the Boston Bruins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Luongo made 32 saves in the loss.