Tag: St. Louis Blues


Report: No supplemental discipline for Backes after Alzner hit


St. Louis captain David Backes won’t face any further punishment for boarding Washigton’s Karl Alzner during Sunday’s game, per the Post-Dispatch.

Backes was given a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct for this hit, which occurred early in the second period of the Blues’ 4-2 win:

Alzner was bloodied on the play, but returned to action and finished with 19:32 TOI.

PHT Morning Skate: Lundqvist shakes it off


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.

James Neal faced the Pittsburgh Penguins as the Nashville Predators won 4-0 on Sunday, so this seems like a good time to take another look back at that big trade. (Puck Daddy)

Interesting angle here: the five best “unsung” backups to Martin Brodeur. Feel free to play Helmet while reading this. (The Hockey News)

Johnny Gaudreau: a “big man trapped in a small man’s body.” (NHL Numbers)

A look back at one of hockey’s original bad boys. (Greatest Hockey Legends)

Editor’s Note: Pro Hockey Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $20,000 Fantasy Hockey league for Monday’s NHL games. It’s just $2 to join and first prize is $2,000. Starts Monday at 7pm ET. Here’s the FanDuel link.

It looks like Henrik Lundqvist is OK. Does this mean he can play tonight?

Watch NHL players’ Super Bowl picks with the benefit of hindsight. Did anyone predict a “crippling goal-line interception that a team would never live down?”

Brodeur on what he’d change to the game: ‘The trapezoid has to go’

Martin Brodeur

Retired goaltender Martin Brodeur joined Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman to discuss what he likes and what he’d like to change about the game he just left.

The 42-year-old pointed to the speed of the game and the resulting hits as something that he dislikes.

“It’s too tough of a game, too dangerous of a game. I think it goes… all the speed that they wanted to bring into the game, it kind of makes it up on those tough hits and it’s hard for the players to police themselves. First of all because fighting is going away from the game,” said Brodeur. “You have a lot of guys that are taking liberties and some guys they don’t, but because the game is so fast, they don’t have time to react to a lot of things.

“The dangerous part of the game, the accidents, some of the head injuries needs to get cleaned out.

Brodeur didn’t know exactly how the league needs to go about changing the game, but did have a couple of suggestions.

“The trapezoid has to go. I think the goalies have to help their players a little bit more, but a lot of the hits come because there’s no interference,” Brodeur said. “Put in the interference on the table for the players to use to help each other.

“In the neutral zone I understand the guy skating 100 miles an hour with the puck nobody should touch him, but when you see your guys getting lined up, you should be able to hook that guy a little bit to make him realize ‘hey, you got to stop buddy, you can’t hit him’. But if he does that, the guy gets a penalty. Interference needs to get back in the game.”

Since stepping away from the game, Brodeur has joined the St. Louis Blues as a senior advisor to general manager Doug Armstrong.

Brodeur was in Philadelphia on Saturday night scouting the Flyers and Leafs as part of his new role and spoke with NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman about his new vantage point.

“I think it’s a lot easier to judge people from up here,” Brodeur said. “That’s where I’m trying to find the way of doing it, the right way of doing it, to give the best input I can knowing that two weeks ago, three weeks ago I was the one down there.

“Hockey’s hockey. Right here I think it exposes it a little bit, but it’s all productive.”

Armstrong says the two are learning from one another.

“What I’m trying to gain from him is his knowledge of the Eastern Conference, gain his knowledge on how he sees the game,” Armstrong said. “There’s as much teaching as learning from both of us now. That’s what makes it a really exciting relationship.

“With us we’re just trying to tell him what we look for in players, what we want to do at the trade deadline, how our philosophy of evaluating players is, what we look for. And then I get his input on how he looks at things and how he looks at players.”

Steen, Blues hold on against Ovechkin, Capitals

St Louis Blues v Arizona Coyotes

On a milestone afternoon for Alex Ovechkin, it was the St. Louis Blues’ Alex (Steen) who ultimately got the last laugh.

Both forwards scored two goals on Sunday, but Steen also added an assist on Vladimir Tarasenko’s game-winner as the Blues beat the Washington Capitals 4-3. By taking this one, St. Louis continues its winning ways in the form of an 11-game point streak (10-0-1).

Take a look at Steen’s two goals below:

T.J. Oshie was right up there with Steen, generating three points of his own (all assists), along with four hits. Oshie’s most memorable check might have come in the first period when he seemed to leave Brooks Orpik a little groggy.

David Backes was ejected from the game for a boarding hit on Karl Alzner, who scored the 4-3 goal. A makeshift line of Tarasenko, Steen and Oshie played well enough to top the one-two punch of Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

Here’s a look at that Backes hit, which may draw supplementary discipline:

While this effort was better than the one that netted a 4-1 loss to St. Louis on Nov. 15, the bottom line is that the Capitals lost both games against the Blues in regulation. The Capitals have now dropped six of seven games, and while all of those defeats were by a single goal, this could be a stretch that Washington ends up regretting.

Head coach Barry Trotz doesn’t regret the way backup Justin Peters played, however.

As entertaining and competitive as this contest was, the two teams ultimately continue in their diverging paths.

David Backes ejected after boarding, bloodying Karl Alzner


It might be a Sunday matinee, but the Washington Capitals and the St. Louis Blues aren’t playing a sleepy game. At least not physically.

Kevin Shattenkirk was injured after a collision with Alex Ovechkin and now David Backes’ night is over early after he received a game misconduct and five-minute boarding major for this hit on Karl Alzner:

The Blues might have made that the turning point of the season period instead of the Capitals taking advantage, as St. Louis killed the major power-play opportunity. In fact, Washington only managed two shots on goal on that man advantage.

Not that much later, Alexander Steen scored his second goal so far to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead. We’ll see if there are more fireworks going forward.

Here’s a shot of the hit:


The aftermath:


It may take some time to find out if Backes, 30, will be fined or suspended.