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Former CBJ coach Hitchcock has Blues singing NHL playoffs


Ken Hitchcock (photo by Mickey Reeves)

There was no doubt that before Ken Hitchcock got to St. Louis, the Blues hockey team was not anywhere near being an NHL playoff team under the direction of Davis Payne.

But since the former Blue Jackets coach has been behind the bench, the Blues are singing playoffs.

Since his hiring, St. Louis is 23-6-7 and are only two points behind Detroit for first place in the overall NHL standings.

The Blue Jackets management must be seething right now because they could’ve re-installed him behind their bench while he was still a club adviser, but elected to wait out a turnaround with now-fired Scott Arniel.

One of the reasons the Blues are so good, is that they have one of the best one-two punches in goal with Bruce Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. Elliott is 15-5-1 with a 1.68 goals-against-average while Halak is 13-7-5 with a 2.00 GAA. The duo have combined for 9 shutouts.


Info compiled from St. Louis Blues, NHL, Radio & TV news


Hitchcock has Blues at top of NHL


Ken Hitchcock (photo by Mickey Reeves)

There is no doubt that former Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock has made a difference in the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues have earned 13 out of a possible 14 points in the month of January (6-0-1) and are tied with the New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks atop the NHL standings with 60 points.

At their home ice rink, the Scottrade Center, St. Louis is 19-3-3 and set a single-season club record by earning at least a point at home for the 13th straight game.

Another reason is goaltender Jaroslav Halak who has a personal streak of 9-0-3 in his past 12 starts.


Info compiled from St. Louis Blues & NHL news

Hitchcock wins first game with St. Louis


Ken Hitchcock (photo by Mickey Reeves)

The hiring of coach Ken Hitchcock by St. Louis has had immediate success.

The Blues gave “Hitch” his first win behind the bench in two years with a 3-0 whitewashing of Chicago.

St. Louis entered the game with the league’s worst power-play with 3-for-41. Only one practice with Hitchcock remedied that ache.

Chris Stewart scored on the power-play to end a 10-game drought.

Goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots against a high-powered Chicago offense.


Info compiled from NHL & St. Louis Blues

St. Louis Blues improve their goaltending; gets Halak in trade

compiled from staff, St. Louis Blues and NHL reports

The St. Louis Blues now a goalie who fits into their youth movement plans. They acquired Jaroslav Halak, fresh off his surprising playoff run with the Montreal Canadiens.

The Blues picked up the 25-year-old Halak, whose play helped the Canadiens make a surprise run to the Eastern Conference finals, on Thursday for a pair of minor league forwards, Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

Halak won a pair of Game 7′s and helped Montreal, the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, bounce heavily favored teams Washington and Pittsburgh out of the playoffs. He won three straight games and eliminated the Capitals by stopping 131 of 134 shots.

Both Candiens goalies, Halak and 22-year-old Carey Price, were due to become restricted free agents on july 1, and Montreal decided to keep Price.

Jaroslav Halak St. Louis Blues (nhl)

With the chance to acquire Halak, Blues management made up their minds that they would not continue negotiations on a contract extension with Chris Mason, the 34-year-old starting goalie the last two seasons who can become an unrestricted free agent.

Halak was originally picked by Montreal in the ninth round (271 overall) of the 2003 entry draft. He was 26-13-5 last season and ranked fourth in the NHL in save percentage (.940), ninth in goals against (2.40) and was tied for fifth with five shutouts.

Philadelphia Flyers rout Montreal Canadiens in Game 1, 6-0

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Philadelphia Flyers, known as the comeback kids didn’t have to rely on that aspect in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Fresh off a memorable and stunning Game 7 win over the Boston Bruins that capped a rally from three games down, the Flyers scored early and often against Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens rolled to a 6-0 rout at home.

Michael Leighton Philadelphia (nhl)

Michael Leighton was very strong in goal in a slow-starting first period for Philadelphia and finished  with 28 saves in his first NHL playoff shutout. James van Riemsdyk, Danny Briere and Simon Gagne scored in a span of 9:23 in  the second to turn it into a rout.

Philadelphia has won five straight since being down 3-0 to Boston in the Eastern Semifinals.

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