I don't know the last time I left a hockey game feeling this wiped out. This team is giving us our money's worth every time out at this point. Beating Vancouver was huge and a great confidence win for the Note, too.
A few topics for your discussion regarding tonight's big win over the visiting Canucks:
- David Backes' emergence has taken a back seat to the story of the Kid Line lately, but he is a force to be reckoned with on virtually every shift. I'm sure Canucks management spent a lot of tonight's game wishing that the Blues had not matched the offer sheet they extended to him this summer.
- Speaking of the Kid Line, they continued to be totally dynamic tonight. As one person said to me during the intermission, "they play a puck-possesion game just like the Red Wings do."
- King of St. Louis TJ Oshie seems to be getting better and better every game. Tonight the crowd started chanting his name when he wasn't even on the ice. And it's not just hype, because he is always around the puck and making things happen.
- Speaking of chants, the new "We Want Play-Offs!" clapper made it's appearance several times tonight. Our own Brad Lee contends that it's a very jinxy thing to be chanting. I don't know if it is or not, but I didn't participate. As I told Brad, I've been a Blues fan long enough to know that a chant like that is inviting the Canucks to score a goal to tie the game. A goal that will probably be scored by Pavol Demitra just to drive the irony knife deeper into our collective gut.
No post-game interviews yet, so just bask in this beauty of a goal:
Edit: here's the post-game interviews with David Backes, TJ Oshie and Chris Mason. Note that Oshie is compared to both Superman and Michael Jordan during the course of the interviews and no one bats an eye.