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Joel Quenneville


C - Craig Conroy, Mike Eastwood, Pascal Rheaume, Pierre Turgeon, Michal Handzus. LW - Geoff Courtnall, Tony Twist, Pavol Demitra. RW - Jim Campbell, Kelly Chase, Scott Pellerin, Scott Young, Jamal Mayers. D - Marc Bergevin, Jeff Finley, Rory Fitzpatrick, Al MacInnis, Chris McAlpine, Rudy Poeschek, Chris Pronger, Jamie Rivers, Ricard Persson. G - Grant Fuhr, Jamie McLennan, Scott Roche, Jim Carey.


Geoff Courtnall, lw (post-concussion syndrome 12/9, day-to-day); Grant Fuhr, g (knee 2/6, four to six weeks); Rudy Poeschek, d (sprained ankle 2/24, day-to-day); Chris Pronger, d (bruised ankle 2/15, day-to-day); Rich Parent, g (scrotal contusion 2/13, three weeks); Michael Handzus, c (shoulder 3/7, day-to-day).


2/26 - Loaned Michel Picard, lw, to Grand Rapids (IHL); 3/1 - signed Jim Carey, g; 3/4 - signed Didier Tremblay, d; 3/5 - assigned Brent Johnson, g, to Worcester (AHL).


2/24 Chicago       L 3-1
2/26 at Calgary    W 4-2
2/28 at Chicago    W 3-1
3/02 at Nashville  W 5-1
3/04 Toronto       L 4-0
3/07 at Dallas     L 4-3


Central Division    GP   W   L   T   PTS   GF   GA  
  Detroit           64  32  26   6    70  191  163 
  St Louis          62  26  26  10    62  173  160  
  Nashville         64  22  36   6    50  151  208 
  Chicago           64  18  37   9    45  142  198


by Tom Cooper, St. Louis Correspondent

It's Spring Break for those of us who attend the Pennsylvania State University. Thus, my time to talk to all of you on the Internet is kind of limited.

Seeing as I have been intensely planning my vacation to Downingtown, PA for the past week, I have barely had time to notice newly acquired goaltender Jim Carey's dreadful performance against Toronto, after he relieved Brent Johnson who gave up three goals on only five shots. Carey, the one-time Vezina Trophy winner, used to be good. But now he isn't. He signed a two-year deal after he cleared waivers once Boston let him go.

I did take a little notice at some of the games. So, here's a quick little run down of what went wrong...uh, I mean what happened in the past two weeks that were.

Them Damned Hawks

Former St. Louis Blue Doug Gilmour scored twice in a three minute span of the first period to give Chicago a 2-0 lead after one. Although Al MacInnis brought the deficit down to one with his 17th of the year 7:38 into the second, the Blues couldn't comeback as they fell to the Blackhawks 3-1.

Jamie McLennan stopped only 13 of 16 shots for his 14th loss of the season. The Bluenotes outshot Chicago 26-16, but Mark Fitzpatrick stopped 25, giving new Blackhawks' head coach Lorne Molleken a win in his head-coaching debut.

They Did It Again

Hey, that streak of losing or tying when trailing after two is now just a taboo of the past.

Calgary was up 2-1 after two when Cory Stillman broke a 1-1 stalemate with 3:27 left in the second. Then, the Blues took charge, particularly Craig Conroy.

Conroy, who opened the game's scoring 9:09 into the first, tied the game at 2-2 just 1:33 into the third. Scott Pellerin gave St. Louis the lead for good with a short-handed goal 9:19 into the third. Conroy added an empty-net goal for his first career hat trick as the Blues downed the Flames 4-2. Brent Johnson stopped 27 of 29 shots for a win in his first start of the season.


Payback's a female dog.

The Blues got three in the first, and that would be all they'd need. Pierre Turgeon scored two power-play goals in a 3:38 span as the Blues held on for a 3-1 victory.

Brent Johnson helped the cause by stopping 26 of 27 shots for his second straight victory, and, referring to the previous game report, second of the season.

Expansion, My Tookas

The Blues have been having problems with the expansion Nashville Predators all season.

That has officially ended.

Kelly Chase picked up his second and third goals of the season in a 33-second span late in the first, and Jim Campbell and Craig Conroy scored in the second to beat the Predators 5-1. Brent Johnson stopped 30 of 31 shots, letting the only piece of rubber past him with 9:34 left in the game.

The New vs. The Old

Brent Johnson had been playing good as of late. The young strapping netminder had won his first three starts of the season, giving the team momentum and a little solidity between the pipes.

Apparently, Blues' management didn't think that Johnson wasn't good enough as the team signed former-Vezina Trophy winner and present-end of the bench occupier Jim Carey, not the actor/comedian.

Maybe Blues' management was right.

Against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Johnson let in three goals on five shots in 25:58. Carey replaced him after that, and didn't fare much better, letting three goals on four shots as the Leafs, even though they registered nine shots on goal the entire game, beat the Blues 4-0.

Former St. Louis Blue goalie and casualty of the Keenan Era, Curtis Joseph, stopped all 28 shots he faced.

Against The Best

The Dallas Stars are kinda good. They've got great offense, great defense and great netminding. What beat the Blues wasn't their best, but it was good enough on the night in question.

The Stars had a 4-1 lead on the Blues after two periods, but it almost slipped away. Pierre Turgeon scored 5:39 into the third and Chris McAlpine made it a one-goal deficit with 2:48 left.

But back-up goaltender Roman Turek stopped the Blues until the end as the Stars escaped with a 4-3 victory. Jim Carey stopped 18 of 22 shots to lose his first start as a member of the Blues.

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