Predators down Blues for first-ever Western Conference Final berth

For the first time in franchise history, the Nashville Predators are headed to the Western Conference Finals.

In Game 6 of the series, the Predators defeated the Blues, 3-1. And the home crowd, as the kids say, was ‘lit.’

Kevin Fiala, who broke his leg in Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues, was on hand to whip the Nashville crowd into a frenzy following the anthem by multi-Grammy award winning group, Lady Antebellum.

The Preds didn’t appear to get the memo that the game had started for real.

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All Central Division in Round 1: Blues vs. Wild, Predators vs. Blackhawks

As luck would have it, teams in the Central Division find themselves matching up against each other in the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Let’s tackle the most compelling narrative first.

It’s Mike Yeo’s St. Louis Blues against Mike Yeo’s former team the Minnesota Wild.

“I’m sure it’s going to turn into quite a story, said Yeo in his post-game press conference on Saturday. “It’s funny, in sports these types of stories have a way of coming around.”

About a 14 months ago, Yeo was axed by the Wild. He was later hired as an assistant to the regional manager under Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis before taking over for Hitch when he was given the boot.

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David Backes scores historic goal against old team (Video)

David Backes was the story going in to the game between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues.

The game marks the first time Backes has faced his former since leaving for Boston in the offseason as a free agent.

On the power play, Backes is perched in front of his former teammate Jake Allen. Torey Krug sends in a shot on net and the former Blues captain cleans up the garbage. As he bats the puck into the net his stick breaks.

The goal itself is memorable for two reasons beyond Backes scoring on his former team.

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Fans sing national anthem to honor vets in St. Louis (Video)

For many, going to watch sports is a way to escape the real world for a couple hours. Yet there are times when the real world can’t be left at the door of the arena.

Regardless of ones political beliefs or country of citizenship, it’s not difficult to conclude the past 24 hours have been rough in the United States. Finding something to unite a country so divided is difficult; however, the St. Louis Blues reminded everyone that if there is one group to unite for it’s military veterans.

The public address announcer asked the 19,000 in attendance at Scottrade Center to take over for the anthem singer and sing the rest of the Star Spangled Banner for those who have served our country.

The crowd obliged.

For a brief few moments, they were no longer Republicans versus Democrats or even Blues versus Chicago Blackhawks fans. They were simply Americans saying ‘thank you’ to those who’ve served so many of us don’t have to.

Pass or fail: Blues’ Winter Classic jersey leaked on NHL.com (Photo)

Someone at Shop.NHL.com is in big trouble after a heads up puck head noticed the site was carrying the Winter Classic jerseys.

Major stick tap to @stlchapman for tweeting @Icethetics a screenshot of the player jerseys available on NHL.com:

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On the website now under St. Louis Blues jerseys are the blank women’s and youth jerseys that clearly state they’re for the Winter Classic (the lead photo in this article). Click on the link and you get an error. The player jerseys aren’t up anymore.

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NHL Halloween 2016: Grown men dress in costumes (Gallery)

One of the few delights throughout the long NHL season is the Halloween parties teams have and seeing our favorite NHLers get creative with their costumes.

We dug around the interwebs to find as many players in costume this year at their team’s Halloween celebrations and they did not disappoint.

Without further ado, enjoy the gallery of ghouls and goblins from what is NHL Halloween 2016.

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Nail Yakupov traded to St. Louis for Pochiro, conditional draft pick

After what felt like years of speculation, Nail Yakupov was finally freed from traded out of Edmonton. The 23-year-old forward was sent to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for prospect Zach Pochiro and a conditional third round 2017 draft pick.

In his four year NHL career Yakupov has 50 goals, 111 points in 252 games played. He missed 22 games last season due to an ankle injury.

Yakupov never really found his place in Edmonton, thus making him a constant target of trade rumors. When speaking to Gene Pricincipe of Sportsnet after the trade, Yakupov said simply, “It’s over.”

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Jaden Schwartz inks five-year, $26.75-million extension with Blues

The St. Louis Blues and restricted free agent Jaden Schwartz avoided arbitration as the forward signed a five year, $26.75-million contract, as first reported by Jeremy Rutherford.

The deal holds an average annual value of $5.35-million and runs through the 2020-21 season. According to General Fanager, Schwartz’s contract contains a modified no trade clause for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 season.

Drafted by the Blues in 2010 at No. 14 overall, Schwartz, 24, has played a total of 240 games with the team scoring 70 goals and 87 assists.

The forward was limited to 33 games this past year after fracturing his ankle in practice just seven games into the regular season. The injury required surgery causing him to miss 49 games from October to February.

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Mystery solved! Why did Tony X, fan sensation, no-show NHL Awards?

LAS VEGAS — Tony X. sprang into popularity this year as the newest fan to the great sport of hockey and more specifically the St. Louis Blues. He was so popular (by NHL standards) that he was asked to attend to the NHL Awards in Las Vegas as a guest of the League.

At 5:19am PT time, Mr. X tweeted out a picture of a Southwest ticket.

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Sources close to the event were under the impression that Tony X’s flight was cancelled. The same sources have been unsuccessful at getting in contact with Tony X today at all. They don’t know if he made it to Vegas.

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Sharks shutout Blues for second straight game, take 2-1 series lead

The St. Louis Blues opted for skill over size and grit in Game 3. Out of the lineup were forwards Steve Ott and Scottie Upshall and defenseman Joel Edmundson; replaced by Dmitrij Jaskin, Magnus Paajarvi, and Robert Bortuzzo.

It appeared to be the spark the Blues needed. They controlled a majority of the play in the first half of the first period. San Jose was credited with 11 giveaways in the first period to St. Louis’s 3.

Yet the Sharks flipped the switched and turned on the heavy forecheck to get back in control of the game.

With less than five minutes to go in the game, Colton Parayko attempts to make a long pass through the neutral zone. San Jose intercepts the puck. Joe Thornton makes a quick pass to Joe Pavelski who sends it over to Tomas Hertl for the brilliant one timer.

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