During the Blues' 4-0 shutout over the Los Angeles Kings, long-time Blues fan and Hat of Lies owner Jon Hamm was visiting in the Blues booth.He was lucky enough to be up there for Ivan Barbashev's goal, complete with a very pretty pass from Sammy Blais to set it up.
If this is what happens when he's in the booth, get Hamm in there more often when the Blues are in LA.
From last night's broadcast, here's Bob MacKenzie discussing the Blues' rumored interest in Jimmy Howard. He tosses out words like "first round draft pick" that will make Doug Armstrong's ears perk up and Blues fans' hearts sink. As much better as Howard's numbers are over Jake Allen's this season so far, if you think a goalie switch will fix the Blues' problems you haven't been paying attention to the hot mess in front of Allen.
Have fun, everyone.
The two bottom teams in the Central square off tonight. Sorry, NBC.
The NHL's working on kid-friendly programming (presumably because most of the mascots are too terrifying for child outreach - looking at you, Gritty). This episode airs tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM. Vladimir Tarasenko discusses who the toughest goalies are in the league, and his answer may surprise you*. *no, his answer isn't "all of them."
Remember back in January when the Blues left Jake Allen at home on that road trip? He probably doesn't. He's front and center in the usual too-early Conn Smythe discussion. The Blues aren't out of the first round yet, but his play has been incredible enough to warrant some talk.
Surprisingly/unfortunately it wasn't "sell everything you own, move to Mongolia, and live in a yurt." Because if I got nationally mortified by Chris Pronger, I'd probably sell everything that I owned and I'd buy a yurt in a field somewhere.
During post-game interviews, someone asked Tarasenko to rank where the Winter Classic falls on his list of life events. Tarasenko replied: "I don't think you can rank this more. It was just different. A different experience than what we have, maybe, once in a lifetime and there is no way to rank it."
Vladdy finished one goal shy of a hat trick tonight. His second goal was assisted by Fabbri and Lehtera - no Hawks help needed this time.
Sure, it was directed in by Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, but Tarasenko's first of the game put the Blues up over the Blackhawks 2-1. He would score again (also assisted by Fabbri) a minute and 53 seconds later.