Who are these Blues?
I’m not going to pretend and act like I’m an intelligent hockey fan. I started following the St. Louis Blue’s after I was inspired by my perhaps all time favorite movie: Miracle On Ice. I have such respect for those guys. Hockey players are REAL athletes. There’s a reason why there are so many line changes a game. It’s just so fantastically fast paced and gets your heart pumping in those final minutes. I’m just a self indulged, fascinated amazed, typical fan who loves the sport. That has lead me to these crazy Blues. So frustratingly inconsistent but so beautiful. When these young players play to their potential, it’s a beautiful thing. So perfectly executed.
So who are these Blues?
- The enigmatic offense that has more than enough talent, but can’t get the puck in the net. A team that loses it’s head with “Too many men on the ice” penalties. A team where the top forwards are struggling so much that guys like Adam Cracknell have to step up just so we can score. Maybe we’ll never find that consistency, maybe we’ll always be just average.
- The kind of team that can steal a Stanley Cup. The kind of team that turns it on in those last beautiful minutes to snatch those overtime victories. The team that CHOKES it’s opponents for the puck and keeps grinding out shots. The team with a goal tender that just CAN’T be stopped. The team that stifles you in the bouncy Scott Trade Center no matter WHO you are.
This team has come a long way in this short season. It started out with good “ole Halak dominating and Tarasenko putting on a clinic. Later shifted to Jake Allen showing why he was a 2nd round pick. Elliot fell off the map, fans demanded a trade. But where are we now? Back to that traditional winning formula with Elliot absolutely locked in.
It’s a frustrating thing, these Blues. One night we see complete domination in #2. We win 5 in row and then we decide not score anymore and fall into #1 above, promptly losing the next 3. Some goals given up are just so ugly that you want shield your eyes. Then the next night we see Backes going all over the ice like a maniac, hitting and putting shots on goal. This is Backes’s team. It has to be.
So what do we expect?
Last night showed me who the Blues are. The over time wins over Vancouver and Phoenix showed me how much the Blues want it. I love how tough this team is. This team is going to get good goal tending and is just going to have to grind out it’s wins. It’s going to have to keep playing EXCELLENT defense and PK and just FIND A WAY to get to puck in the net. The Blues aren’t ever going to be anything fancy. It’s going to be ugly. But Hitchcock knows it’s time. There only 6 games left. The Blues can’t afford to ever be #1 again. Dig deep and enjoy the ride.