March 6, 2015

Former Blues player returns to his hometown after heartfelt letter written by his daughter (VIDEO)

Jordan Leopold with the St. Louis Blues earlier this season (NHL.com)

Jordan Leopold with the St. Louis Blues earlier this season (NHL.com)

Jordan Leopold played in 49 games in parts of three seasons with the Blues. In November, the team traded the 34 year old defenseman to Columbus. Since then, he’s only played in 18 games with the Blue Jackets. That’s when Jordan’s daughter Jordyn wrote a public letter to the Minnesota Wild, pleading they make a deal before the trade deadline so dad can be reunited with his family in St. Paul.

It worked.

Leopold, born in Golden Valley, Minn., was the nation’s top collegiate player in 2002. The hometown Wild acquired the former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher sending defenseman Justin Faulk to Columbus. Leopold has one goal and two assists in 25 games this season for the St. Louis Blues and Blue Jackets.

Blues rally to salvage a point after rallying for three goals in the third to force a shootout

Jake Allen is beat during the shootout (photo/NHL.com)

Jake Allen is beat during the shootout (photo/NHL.com)

The Blues had a strong start and an even better finish to grab a point on the back end of back-to-back games against a well rested Vancouver Canucks team that was off since Thursday.

After scoring two goals in the first 5:59 of the game, the Blues stumbled as the fresher looking Canucks had a 5-2 lead, just over six minutes into the third.

However, the Blues rattled three goals past Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack in a seven minute span and then rattled the posts twice in OT. Lack made the only save in the shootout, making a left pad save of T.J. Oshie for Vancouver’s 6-5 win.

Dmitrij Jaskin started the comeback with a power-play goal 8:18 into the third period, and Petteri Lindholm and David Backes scored 1:12 apart with five minutes left to help the Blues rally late.

“A lesser team would have folded it up,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said, “but we came back and pounded on it hard in the third period and then should have won it in overtime with the two we drilled by him and hit the post. We played a whale of a hockey game. We did a heck of a job.”

Elliott makes 30 saves, Steen scores in the shootout and the Blues beat the Jets

Brian Elliott (file photo, Bill Greenblatt)

Brian Elliott (file photo, Bill Greenblatt)

Patrik Berglund’s eighth goal with 1:49 remaining in the second period gave the Blues a 1-0 lead, but Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele tied it 3:14 into the third period to force overtime game, but Alex Steen tucked one in between Michael Hutchinson’s leg and the post during the shootout to give the Blues a 2-1 victory.

Brian Elliot helped steal the extra point for the Blues.  He made some tough saves in the 31 shots on goal he faced.

Berglund took a flip pass from Paul Stastny who cut through  Winnipeg’s Chris Thorburn and Dustin Byfuglien.  Berglund took the pass and was able to beat Hutchinson over his stick shoulder.

In the shootout, Vladimir Tarasenko scored in the second round and Andrew Ladd kept the Jets alive on their last chance, before Steen ended it in third round.

The win ended a two-game losing streak for the Blues, who completed a 1-3-0 homestand Tuesday. Ten of their next 13 games will be on the road, including another visit to Winnipeg on March 19.

Why the St. Louis Blues have a great chance of winning a playoff series this season (Google Hangout)

The Blackhawks will be without Patrick Kane (88) for 12 weeks UPI/John Boman Jr

The Blackhawks will be without Patrick Kane (88) for 12 weeks UPI/John Boman Jr

The St. Louis Blues are in Winnipeg tonight with a firm handle on 2nd place in the division and if the standings remain the same, they Blues will face the Chicago Blackhawks again in the first round of the playoffs and could finally get past their rivals this postseason.

Nas–89 pts
StL–80 pts
Chi–77 pts
Wpg-73 pts

The Blues got knocked out of the playoffs Chicago in six and a rematch could favor the Blues this year.  Patrick Kane, tied for the NHL lead in points, is out 12 weeks after surgery to repair a broken clavicle and would miss a potential first round playoff series with the Blues.

Since the 2002-2003 season, the St. Louis Blues have won just one playoff series, going 1-6 in their last seven playoff series.  In five of the six seasons the Blues made the playoffs in that time, they were knocked out in the conference quarterfinals.

Watch our Google Hangout as we look ahead to a potential Blues playoff run.

The St. Louis Blues playoff results since 2001-2002

Blues playoffs

Rough night for the Blues as Montreal rolls. Galchenyuk and Gallagher lead the Canadiens with two goals each

Montreal Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk (27) celebrates his first period goal with teammates against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 24, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Montreal Canadiens Alex Galchenyuk (27) celebrates his first period goal with teammates against the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on February 24, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Alex Galchenyuk scored two goals and had an assist and Brian Gallagher scored twice as the Montreal Canadiens beat the St. Louis Blues, 5-2 on Tuesday. Carey Price made 27 saves and set a Canadiens record with his ninth consecutive road victory.

The Blues (38-18-4) went 1-3-0 on their four-game homestand.T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist, David Backes scored as Jake Allen made 18 saves.

Galchenyuk gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead when he deflected  P.K.Subban’s shot from the right point past Allen with 6:38 remaining in the first period. Galchenyuk gave Montreal a 2-0 lead when he took Tomas Plekanec’s faceoff win and took a wrist shot to beat Allen on the short side 3:11 into the second. It was his 18th goal.

David Backes cut Montreal’s lead in half when he took Vladimir Tarasenko’s pass in the slot and redirected the puck past Price 6:01 into the second for his 20th goal, but the Canadiens scored two goals in 49 seconds to go up 4-1.