December 20, 2014

Blues will be without Schwartz for an extended period of time. Second leader scorer out with a foot injury

Jaden Schwartz (photo/NHL.com)

Jaden Schwartz (photo/NHL.com)

St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz is week-to-week because of a right-foot injury, general manager Doug Armstrong announced.  Schwartz sustained the injury in the Blues’ 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. The Blues put Schwartz on injured reserve and recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

Schwartz, 22, is second on the Blues with 11 goals, tied for second in points (27) and tied for third in assists (16).  He was part of the “STL” line along with Victor Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera.  They’ve combined for 38 goals this season.  Schwartz did not play on that line on Tuesday, with the absence of T.J. Oshie who was away from the team due to a death in his family.

Blues go on late scoring spurt to top the Kings. Tarasenko nets a hat trick

St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia brings the puck up ice in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on December 16, 2014.  St. Louis won the game 5-2.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia brings the puck up ice in the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on December 16, 2014. St. Louis won the game 5-2. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Jaden Schwartz, Victor Tarasenko and Alexander Steen scored in a span of 2:30 in the third period to overcome a one-goal deficit to beat the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings, 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Tarasenko had his second four-point game for the Blues,including his second career hat trick.

Jake Allen made 21 saves in a winning effort to help the Blues win their fifth straight game.  The Blues are 11-1-1 in their past 13 home games and defeated the Kings (15-11-6) for the third time in the past 12 regular-season games (3-7-2).

Martin Brodeur makes 32 saves in his home debut for the Blues. Grabs his 690th career win as St. Louis tops Florida

New St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur gets his stick down to stop a shot by Florida Panthers Sean Bergenheim in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on December 8, 2014.    UPI/Bill Greenblatt

New St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur gets his stick down to stop a shot by Florida Panthers Sean Bergenheim in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on December 8, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

42 year old Martin Brodeur made his home debut for the St. Louis Blues and made 32 saves, including 17 in the second period, to lead his new team to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers.

What a night it was for Brodeur, who picked up career win 690.  Fans were chanting “Marty, Marty, Marty,” and the club paid tribute to Brodeur with a welcome to St. Louis video before the game.

“I didn’t know what to expect coming in,” said Brodeur. “It’s all about winning. When you win, I think the fans are able to be a little more cheerful. They acknowledged before the game with a little video, and I didn’t expect that. A lot of good things. I’m really happy to be here.”

Chris Porter’s first goal of the year was a redirection from Barret Jackman shot from the blue line with 1:54 left for the winning goal. Paul Stastnyscored into an empty net with 31.3 seconds remaining.  Maxim Lapierre and Ian Cole scored for the Blues, who jumped over the Chicago Blackhawks into first place in the Central Division.

Martin Brodeur, the winningest goalie in NHL history, signs a one-year deal with the St. Louis Blues

New St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur talks with reporters after signing a one year deal with the team in Hazelwood, Missouri on December 2, 2014. Brodeur has played his entire National Hockey League career with the New Jersey Devils and is regarded as one of the greatest goaltenders of all time. The Blues number one goaltender, Brian Elliott is Òweek-to-weekÓ with a lower-body injury.   UPI/Bill Greenblatt

New St. Louis Blues goaltender Martin Brodeur talks with reporters after signing a one year deal. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Martin Brodeur, the NHL’s all-time winningest goaltender, signed a one-year, $700,000 contract Tuesday with the St. Louis Blues.  With their number one goalie Brian Elliott out with a lower body injury, the Blues needed insurance behind new starter Jake Allen.  Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Brodeur’s first start would come either Thursday at the Chicago Blackhawks or Saturday at the New York Islanders.

The 42 year old Brodeur is a career 688-394-105-71 in 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils. His 124 career shutouts are also first in NHL history. He won the Stanley Cup three times, the Calder Trophy in 1993-94 and the Vezina Trophy four times.

 

Tarasenko scores his team leading 11th goal, as the “STL” line comes through again, but Habs get the best of the Blues

Vladimir Tarasenko scored his team leading 11th goal of the season (photo/NHL)

Vladimir Tarasenko scored his team leading 11th goal of the season (photo/NHL)

Vladimir Tarasenko scored his team-leading 11th goal for the St. Louis Blues in the first period at Montreal’s Bell Centre. Tarasenko and linemates Jaden Schwartz and Jori Lehtera have scored 11 of the Blues’ 15 goals in eight road games this season. Nicknamed the “STL Line,” they have 14 goals and 36 points in their past 10 games.

However, the rest of the team was shut down by Carey Price, as the Blues dropped their second in a row in a 4-1 final over the Canadiens.

Max Pacioretty scored twice on his 26th birthday, by giving Montreal the lead by beating St. Louis goalie Jake Allen on a breakaway at 7:32 of the second period. He scored his second goal of the game, and team-leading 10th of the season, at 6:00 of the third period to put Montreal ahead 3-1.