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Recap: Halak says No to New Jersey, 3-0

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Tonight the St. Louis Blues and Jaroslav Halak took back their revenge from the New Jersey Devils. It was a game clearly burdened with Glorious Purpose!

JAXX JAXX JAXX!
JAXX JAXX JAXX!
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First Period

There was a cold chill in the air. Tempers flared. A battle was about to commence. Revenge was on the minds of every fan in Blues Nation. This tilt between the St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils had shifted from a simple regular season game into a rematch of epic playoff like proportions. The blue and yellow team from St. Louis came out like a freight train. They pressed hard on the Devils right off the bat. Making sure to ensure that their presence was know by everyone in the building. Unfortunately this pressure would lead to a penalty being called on Roman Polak for High Sticking just nine seconds into the period. The Blues would take this disadvantage in stride and continue their pressure on the boys from Jersey and kill off the penalty. At 3:25 Alexander Steen would score his 100th goal as a Blue. It was a beautiful snipe that pretty much know one on the Devils team saw coming. It would be the only goal of the period as the Blues and Devils would battle the remainder out until the horn sounded.

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Second Period

The second period was the epitome of what can make up a tight hockey game. The players seemed to be playing "Rover Red Rover" as each team traded offensive zone time through out the entire 20 minutes. The back and forth style of play was just as intense as the first period as each team amped up their physicality once again. Things got chippy late in the period as Barrett Jackmen and Jaromir Jagr traded words and gloved hand slapping. No penalties were called on the play but both Sir Jaxx and Jagr were ready to gear up with giant jaeger suits and hammer it the fuck out with one another.

Third Period

The last round of 20 minutes kicked off right where St. Louis and Jersey left off. Oshie would kick off the multitude of third period penalties with a hooking infraction at 1:21. The Blues PK would be full of blocked shots, stifled plays, and chippy shenanigans. It took the intensity to another level for the night as tempers continued to flare as the team went on. Jersey would falter and let their anger get the better of them as the penalty wore on taking three penalties in the span of eight minutes. The Blues would capitalize on their first power play of the period at 9:42. Brenden Morrow would tip the puck in off of a Jay Boywmeester blast from the point.

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At 17:52 the first and only fight of the game would be a quick bought between Ryane Clowe and Roman Polak. Clowe would end the fight quickly with an lip splitting uppercut, knocking the man with the door to the ice. Polak was PISSED as he exited the ice, throwing his helmet in frustration from getting taken in the fight. As the fight was going on Maxim Lapierre would get the empty netter for the Blues sealing any hopes of a New Jersey resurgence. 

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The game would end with a flurry of anger fists and testosterone. A total of six penalties would be given out by the officials after a huge mosh pit like scrum along the boards by the home teams bench. The play would be kicked off by a random and could-have-been dirty cross check on Lappy as he was exiting the ice. Scrums and chippy play aside the Blues finally seemed to play a hard fought 60 mins of hockey and were rewarded with a win! Its on to the next one Blues fans!


Games Three Stars

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Alexander Steen

Second

Brendon Morrow

First

Jaroslav Halak


Bluenotes from Twitter

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/101espn">@101espn</a>: How has Tarasenko&#39;s improved command of English translated to his play? <a href="https://twitter.com/jprutherford">@jprutherford</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTurn_101ESPN">@TheTurn_101ESPN</a>: <a href="http://t.co/80sHR7godg">http://t.co/80sHR7godg</a>&quot;</p>&mdash; Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) <a href="https://twitter.com/jprutherford/statuses/428331702973648896">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The meatball on the side??? What in the world Teej. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23stlblues&amp;src=hash">#stlblues</a></p>&mdash; Jenny (@Jenny5Jenny) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jenny5Jenny/statuses/428333071897620480">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Revenge? Whatevs. Just play your game, Boys. No silly jackassery.</p>&mdash; TruBlueGirls (@TruBlueGirls) <a href="https://twitter.com/TruBlueGirls/statuses/428333820350193664">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Tim Peel? Oh shit.</p>&mdash; Randall Ritchey (@Chill_Report) <a href="https://twitter.com/Chill_Report/statuses/428333926067609600">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>With his Goal Alexander Steen is the 26th player to score 100 Goals in a St Louis Blues uniform. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23stlblues&amp;src=hash">#stlblues</a></p>&mdash; STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) <a href="https://twitter.com/STLBlueshistory/statuses/428335109276569600">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Blues Equipment Manager, Bert Godin, is working his 2,200th <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NHL&amp;src=hash">#NHL</a> game tonight. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23StlBlues&amp;src=hash">#StlBlues</a></p>&mdash; Andrew Allsman (@allsmandrew) <a href="https://twitter.com/allsmandrew/statuses/428343285401133056">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Wowww. Jackman bitch slapped Jagr.</p>&mdash; rachel m. (@hymnforrachel) <a href="https://twitter.com/hymnforrachel/statuses/428355763317518336">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&quot;Oh you&#39;re nice&quot; god I love Bergie </p>&mdash; Jen (@jennybloozer) <a href="https://twitter.com/jennybloozer/statuses/428357837094260736">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Patrik Berglund interviews are how I imagine my media interviews would go if I were a pro athlete. &quot;Wait, what were you saying?&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23StLBlues&amp;src=hash">#StLBlues</a></p>&mdash; Tyler Atwood (@KingDonutI) <a href="https://twitter.com/KingDonutI/statuses/428358393984983040">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>In Soviet Russia goal scores you... <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23stlblues&amp;src=hash">#stlblues</a></p>&mdash; Hitch&#39;s Hat (@HitchsHat) <a href="https://twitter.com/HitchsHat/statuses/428364270049296384">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23njdevils&amp;src=hash">#njdevils</a> pulled Schneider w/ 2:30 left. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23stlblues&amp;src=hash">#stlblues</a> exit zone, hand pass from Paajarvi to Lapierre. Lapierre backhander into EN for 3-0 lead.</p>&mdash; Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) <a href="https://twitter.com/jprutherford/statuses/428369301821591553">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>LaPierre needs to come up from that pile with the biggest shit-eating grin on his face ... that&#39;ll piss &#39;em off. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Scoreboard&amp;src=hash">#Scoreboard</a></p>&mdash; Timothy Cron (@CrossCheckRaise) <a href="https://twitter.com/CrossCheckRaise/statuses/428369876692910081">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>This is the 28th Shutout for the St Louis Blues under Ken Hitchcock. They lead the league in SOs since start of 2011-12 with 29. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23stlblues&amp;src=hash">#stlblues</a></p>&mdash; STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) <a href="https://twitter.com/STLBlueshistory/statuses/428371164004495361">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The entire time I was at Scottrade watching Jaro being interviewed, I was hoping he said something snarky and evil.</p>&mdash; the jen (@the_jen) <a href="https://twitter.com/the_jen/statuses/428372623282552833">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Tweet of the Game

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>LOVE IT!&#10;&#10;""GET THE FUCK OFF HIM, MAN! HE’S MINE!!!" - Backes&#10;&#10;<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23stlblues&amp;src=hash">#stlblues</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BellLetsTaIk&amp;src=hash">#BellLetsTaIk</a></p>&mdash; Grant Sales (@grantsales) <a href="https://twitter.com/grantsales/statuses/428368497924898816">January 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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