I know I really shouldn't complain about a Blues home stand that saw us collect 7 of 8 points and leapfrog the Blackhawks for first place in the Central Division going into the Olympic break...but I really feel like I should...
...oh well, that's the past...it's time for OLYMPIC HOCKEY!!!...what's that?...the men's tournament doesn't start until Wednesday?...
...It's almost time for OLYMPIC HOCKEY!!!
- The Blues should really consider applying for a patent on blowing third period leads. That happened for the fourth straight game yesterday afternoon, but the Blue Note took down the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in the shootout. Your recap by Ashley, aka, Not-a-dreamBlues-third-periodsOshie-in-the-shootout. [SLGT]
- The Winni-pagan perspective comes from the Free Press. [Winnipeg Free Press]
- Brenden Morrow - a signing I was not particularly high on last summer - has proven to be reasonably useful this year, especially recently. His goal yesterday was his 10th of the year, making him the 7th Blue to notch double-digit tallies. [STLToday]
- Also of note, Derek Roy's #RoyWatch reached the tipping point of 36 points yesterday (and doing it by scoring his first goal since December 12th, BTW). Every point from here on out costs us all a dollar each (or, in Grant's case, a pound). Once we get back from Sochi, someone needs to make a chart and/or spreadsheet to count for all of our pledges so we end up knowing how much we raised...1...2...3...NOT IT! [SLGT]
Dmitrij Jaskin has been reassigned to the Chicago Wolves, so he won't be taking two weeks off. [Blues]
- In the last slate of games before the break, here are your scores. However, NHL.com will also be keeping track of the Olympic schedule (at least for the men's tournament), so keep checking them out starting Wednesday (or more accurately, Tuesday night) to find your international games. [NHL.com 2/8]
- After the break, I'll be sure to start linking to the league standings throughout the stretch run to keep us all abreast (teehee...breast) of the chase for home ice. As it stands currently, the Blues are even with Chicago on points but ahead via the first two tiebreakers, one being the three games in hand. Meanwhile, we're only 3 points back of the Ducks for first overall, but we also hold three games in hand on Anaheim. In other words, if points keep being collected at their current rate, the Blues will win the President's Trophy. If you're into that sort of thing. [NHL Standings]
- Canadiens & United States forward Max Pacioretty left last night's Habs-Hurricanes game with an injury and did not return. Bobby Ryan, Brandon Saad, & Kyle Okposo can probably cool their jets, however, as Pacioretty still insists that he'll be able to suit up in Sochi. Montreal won 4-1. [Habs Eye on the Prize]
- Vancouver Canucks suffered their 7th straight loss last night, this time by way of giving up 3 third period goals to...are you sitting down?...the Maple Leafs. If the season ended today, the Canucks would not be a playoff team. Pass it to Bulis watched that game. [Pass it to Bulis]
- Former Blue Kris Russell has signed a 2-year extension with the Flames worth $2.6 million a year. That's how bad things in Calgary are. Still, good on ya' Russ! [Flames]
- Evgeni Malkin's mother Natalia doesn't just make delicious, magic borscht - she also occasionally runs around with the Olympic torch. No big. [Puck Daddy]
- Even if you're not American, you probably know everything there is to know about the 1980 US Olympic team by now. But what about the 1984 squad that tried to defend that Gold Medal? Well...that's a different story. Specifically, the story told in this fantastic SBNation Long Form piece on the 1984 US Olympic hockey team. [SBNation Long Form]
- Remember this past October when Joel Ward got trapped in his hotel bathroom? Well, the same thing happened to a US bobsledder in Sochi, only he didn't wait for his teammates to come and save him - he Hulked his way out. [Fourth Place Medal]
- Do you have an iPhone whose battery runs down unreasonably fast? Here are some insider secrets to help it last longer from a former Apple employee. And don't worry, none of them are super difficult hacks that will ruin any warranty or anything. It's mostly software stuff. [Payette Forward]
- Disney has obviously been making princess films for girls for decades, but this year's Oscar-nominated Frozen may be the first one they've ever made to authentically be about girls. [Riverfront Times]
- If you're anything like me, you love the occasional terrible movie, such as the "classic" Tommy Wiseau film The Room. Well, get excited Wiseau fans, because James Franco is planning on making a movie based on the behind the scenes story of The Room. YOU'RE TEARING ME APART, LISA! [Geekosystem]
It's time to Better Know An Olympic Host Country! Here's a crash course on the history of Russia and it's unification from Crash Course World History. You might be thinking: "Why do I need to learn about other countries if I already know America is bestest?" Well, obviously America is bestest, no one here is disputing that (hush it Euros - I said no one HERE). But now you can learn specifically why America is the bestest!
Alright, now that you know more about our "gracious" hosts, time to celebrate the pending arrival of the United States Men's Ice Hockey Team! THE YANKS ARE COMING!
What's that? You don't prefer your American pride songs to be of the WWI/George M. Cohen variety? Lame, but alright then...
Tomorrow's Monday, and with no NHL action, I bet Tyler will be pressed for things to link. Help a brotha, out will ya?
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Today's also Sunday, so be sure to stop by for Prospect Sunday to see how the youngins are doing.
The next time I link for you, we'll already be halfway through the preliminary round, so before the hockey tournament starts I just want to be a good sport and give our European Game Timers a heartfelt wish of "Good Luck" on their quest for the Silver Medal. #USABestHockey!!! WOOOOOOOOO 'MURIKA!!!
But seriously, I think we can all come together and say "Fuck Canada."