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  • Blogs

    April 22, 2012

    The Blues Go On, The Sharks Go Home

    Ah, the sweet smell of victory. The air this lovely Sunday morning seems a little fresher, a little cleaner, a little...well, sweeter. Birds are chirping, squirrels are, um, making whatever noise it is squirrels make, hungover hockey fans are groaning and moaning as they smack the snooze button for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Blues Push San Jose to The Brink

    You know, I really love that phrase. The Brink, I mean. On the brink or to the brink, I really like it. Although On the Brink sounds suspiciously like a movie from the 80s to me, maybe with Moira Kelly in it or something. Still, it's a cool word, and I don't think it's used nearly often enough.  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    The Blues and Sharks Gear up For a Pivotal Game 4

    You know, most of the time when you're talking about a seven game series, the odd-numbered games are the really big ones. Game one sets the tone for the series. Game three could put a team up 3-0 or break a 1-1 tie. Game five often breaks a 2-2 tie and puts one team on the verge of victory. Game sev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Blues Take 2-1 Lead With Brilliance in San Jose

    In the first game, the Blues dominated most of the way, minus occasional lapses, but were unable to solve Antti Niemi. They lost in double overtime 3-2. In the second game, the Sharks dominated the first period but put one in their own net. Jaroslav Halak stood on his head early, then was force ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Blues and Sharks Knotted at One Game Apiece; Head to San Jose

    The Blues will be in San Jose tonight, continuing their first round playoff series against the Sharks, with the series tied up at one game apiece. The first game took over 80 minutes to be decided, finally ending in the second overtime period when the Sharks snuck a goal past Jaroslav Halak to steal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Three Keys to Victory: San Jose Sharks at Blues

    The Blues play tonight at the Scottrade Center, opening up their first-round playoff series against the San Jose Sharks. Of the potential draws the Blues could have pulled, the Sharks would seem to be the most favorable for the Note; the Blues absolutely dominated San Jose this year, winning all fou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Brian Elliott Injured; Panic Ensues Just in Time for the Playoffs

    The Blues have been hit hard by the injury bug this year. Not that that's exactly anything new, of course; we've seen too many times the last few season this team derailed by players hitting the training table. But this year, it's been rough. The usual assortment of bumps and bruises, both uppe ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012
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    April 3, 2012

    The St. Louis Blues Clinch on a Low Note

    ​Ladies and gentlemen, your 2011-2012 Central Division champion St. Louis Blues! It's been quite a ride getting here, but the team has really shown some growth, and the young players have come into their own, and the future is really bright for the squad, and yadda yadda yadda. Actually, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2012

    The Blues Go Down in Chitown -- Again

    ​The Curse of the United Center strikes again. Okay, as scary story, there-was-a-hook-on-the-car-door-handle material goes, the United Center's sinister ability to prevent St. Louis Blues victories isn't exactly grade A terrifying. But as team-headed-to-the-playoffs-considering-possible-match ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Blues Suffer a Setback in Anaheim

    ​The Blues needed to win that game last night. They really did. Not because they're hurting in the standings, of course; they are still the NHL's points leaders, though the lead over the New York Rangers has shrunk to just a single point following last night's loss. Even so, the Presiden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    St. Louis' Ten Best Sports Bars

    Late March is a magical time of the year, isn't it? We're midway through the NCAA Tournament (with St. Louis hosting the Midwest Regional this weekend); baseball's Opening Day is right around the corner; the NHL playoffs (featuring the Blues for the first time in three years) start in a few weeks; a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    The Blues' Sprint to the Finish Line

    The NHL season is coming to a close, and the St. Louis Blues -- excuse me, that should be Your First Place St. Louis Blues -- are getting ready for their final push to the finish line. ​There's plenty on the line for the Blues, who currently sit atop both the Western Conference and the NHL as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Blues Lose Second in a Row; Local Columnist Weeps Quietly in Darkened Living Room

    ​The Blues were riding high as recently as this past weekend, having taken a home-and-home from the Columbus Blue Jackets and leading the NHL overall in points. Since then the Note have suffered through a series of calamities the likes of which haven't been seen since god looked down at a man name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    The Blues Lose a Heartbreaker in Chicago

    ​All the streaks came to an end for the Blues last night in the United Center as they lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Chicago Blackhawks. It was one of the more painful losses I can recall seeing this season, as the Blues through the first two periods looked poised to steal a road game from the 'Haw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    Everything's Coming Up Blues

    Well, almost everything, anyway. If Winnipeg didn't suck so much it would have been everything. The Blues won again last night, slowly choking the life from the Anaheim Ducks over 60 minutes of grind en route to a 3-1 victory. Jaroslav Halak was nothing short of brilliant, saving 24 of 25 goals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Road Warriors: Blues Win Fourth Straight Away Game

    ​What was that thing? You know, the thing the Blues have so much trouble with. The, the thing? That one thing everyone kept saying was really the biggest thing that might keep the Blues from winning that cup thing? Oh, that's right. The winning-away-from-home thing. That thing. Well, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Blues and Canucks: Headed for a Showdown

    The road doesn't get any easier for the Blues. In fact, it's just about to get real. Tonight the Blues travel to Vancouver to play the Western Conference-leading Canucks, the Blues' fifth game in seven days. The Canucks are skilled, they can score, and they have Roberto Luongo. In other words, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Blues Stand (Mostly) Pat at the Deadline

    ​The NHL trade deadline came and went yesterday without the Blues making a big splash. They didn't go out and pry Rick Nash from the cold, dead fingers of Columbus; they didn't add either a goal-scorer or playmaker. Honestly, it was a bit of letdown. That is not, however, to say I think the B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Blues Get Back on Track; Finally Beat Predators

    ​So far this season it had been all Nashville, all the time when the Blues and Predators get together. Nashville's defense, at times capable of being as smothering as the Blues' own, had kept the St. Louis attack under control, and Pekka F. Rinne keeps doing this really spot-on but incredibly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    The Blues' Big Letdown in Columbus

    ​Everything was going so well, too. The Blues had won four in a row, were coming off a shutout of a very good San Jose team, and were headed to Columbus, Ohio, home to one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League. How bad are the Blue Jackets? They're the NHL's designated team this se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    Is Joel Quenneville's Job on The Line in Chicago?

    ​Just two years ago, the Chicago Blackhawks were on top of the hockey world. A Stanley Cup winner, the 'Hawks looked to be a team primed for constant contention over the next five years, or the next seven, or even more, with a young nucleus of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, and Marian Hossa that wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    The Return of The Mac: Andy McDonald Returns with A Bang

    ​Two more home games, two more wins for the Blues over the weekend. Ho-hum. Ah, but wait! Something potentially much, much more interesting than a simple pair of victories took place this weekend at the Scottrade Center. (Not to say two wins isn't interesting; I'll take back-to-back wins ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Blues Finish Up Road Trip With a Win

    ​The Blues wrapped up their mini road trip last night with a shootout victory in New Jersey, beating the Devils by a score of 4-3. T.J. Oshie, shooting first, scored the lone goal in the shootout (on what amounted to a changeup, no less), while Brian Elliott made three straight stops to secure the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Blues Score Three, Take Two Points From Senators

    David Perron, wicked handsome, wicked awesome. And no longer singing for the Eurythmics. ​David Perron, you magnificent bastard. Perron scored twice last night, helping the Blues to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators, who have suddenly gone from playoff contender to Tom Petty. (As in they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Blues Dominate, Halak Shuts Out Oilers

    ​I don't think Jaroslav Halak was all that thrilled with the Blues extending Brian Elliott. In fact, I think his pure unbridled rage at finding out he was going to have to be sharing his net with that Canadian upstart for the next two years was enough to make him see red. Or blue, as the case may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Blues Ugly It Up Against the Stars

    ​The Blues are back in first place in the Central Division, all by themselves for the moment. They beat Dallas last night at the Scottrade Center, shutting the Stars out on just 22 shots on goal. The victory was ugly as hell, but all the sweeter for it. Facing Kari Lehtonen, the goalie who se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2012

    Blues Shut Out Canadiens, Take Over Division Lead

    ​The story line going into last night's matchup was supposed to be the return of Jaroslav Halak to Montreal for the first time since the Canadiens traded him to the Blues in 2010. There was plenty of buildup, plenty of anticipation. Enough, in fact, that there was really almost no way the game its ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Game Notes: Blues 5, Stars 3, 26/12/2011

    ​The bad news is the Blues are headed into a tough stretch, playing four games in just six days including, bizarrely, two trips to Detroit just four days apart. (Speaking of, the intricacies of NHL scheduling continue to evade me. A lobotomized monkey with a dartboard  could do a better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Blues Game on Big, Big Screen Saturday at Steinberg Rink

    ​Now here's a cool way to take in a Blues game. Even better is that you can do so while pretending to be your favorite player. (Dibbies on impersonating T.J. Oshie!)Tomorrow night FOX Sports Midwest hosts its second annual "St. Louis Classic" at Steinberg Rink in Forest Park. The largest (if not o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Blues Close Out Homestand On a High Note

    Rangers, yes, but not necessarily from New York. Blues probably could have beaten these guys too, though. Also, I had a huge crush on the pink one when I was like twelve. ​The Blues put a right ass kicking on the New York Rangers last night, posting a 4-1 victory to close out what looked like a pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    [Updated] Win Tickets to Tonight's Blues Game

    Update: Thanks everyone for playing. We have our two winners. They were the first to name the Czech Republic, which has two Blues players on the roster in Roman Polak and Vladimir Sobotka. Sweden, Russia and Slovakia are the other countries from which Blues players hail from besides Canada and the U ... More >>

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    December 15, 2011
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    December 7, 2011

    Blues Get Back on Track With Win Over Detroit

    ​Over the weekend, the Blues faced perhaps their first real bit of adversity since Ken Hitchcock took over as head coach, losing two games in a row and struggling badly against Chicago in the second loss. Coming out of back-to-back letdowns, last night's matchup with the always-hated Detroit Red W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    David Perron to Return as Soon as Saturday?

    ​The Blues under new coach Ken Hitchcock have been nigh unstoppable, winning four games in a row, going 8-1-2 in his first 11 games at the helm, and picking up 18 of a possible 22 points over that time span. Suffice to say, things are looking pretty rosy around the Blues' clubhouse right now.  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Hitchcock's Historically Hot Start; Blues Reel In Victories Under New Coach

    ​Boy, the alliteration in this headline really bugs me. But you know what? There are no synonyms for the word start that begin with the letter H. It's maddening, I tell you. I thought about going with the first name, something like Ken's Capital Commencement, but that sounded a bit fey, even for m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    St. Louis Blues and Soul Revue Aims To Revive the Days of Stax and Motown

    The Soulard Blues Band​The variety show is a venerable American musical institution, with a history that stretches all the way from medicine shows and vaudeville to the chitlin' circuit of the 1940s, the early 1950s rock & roll cavalcades promoted by Alan Freed, and the label-sponsored Stax/Vo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 27, 2011
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    October 10, 2011

    Win Tickets for Today's Blues Game

    OK, you have to act fast on this one, but we're giving away two tickets for today's Blues vs. Calgary Flames game, absolutely free.The game begins at 1 p.m., so we'll be picking a winner as quickly as possible -- and you'll want the flexibility to get down to the RFT office at 6358 Delmar Boulevard ... More >>

  • Music

    October 6, 2011
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    September 29, 2011
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    April 18, 2011

    What on Earth!? St. Louis Earth Day Festival is Huge! (Who Knew?)

    stlouisearthday.org​Check out a video of St. Louis Earth Day at the end of this post.We here at Daily RFT are usually out in the backyard burning garbage whenever the St. Louis Earth Day Festival comes along. This year was an exception. Someone tricked us into thinking we were going to a livestock ... More >>

  • Music

    March 31, 2011
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    March 28, 2011

    Tell Us Where You Get the Blues and Win Blues Hockey Tickets!

    ​A pair of tickets to tomorrow's game against the Minnesota Wild can be yours. To enter: Post a comment with your real name, e-mail address, and your favorite place to watch Blues games (in public). We'll choose the winner subjectively, based on earnestness and/or desperation...extra points ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Win Blues Tickets! [Updated With Winner!]

    ​Want a pair of tickets to tomorrow's game against the Minnesota Wild? Those tickets can be yours -- all you have to do is answer this question: As the RFT reported Tuesday, a Mizzou prof has discovered that an oddly named tree may actually contain the secret to reducing your belly fat! What' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Chris Stewart and Jaroslav Halak: A Winning Combination

    commons.wikimedia.orgHopefully we won't have to see Chris Stewart wearing anyone else's sweater again anytime soon. ​Maybe you've seen the goal Chris Stewart put in less than a minute into overtime to beat the Blue Jackets, maybe you haven't. If you haven't, go immediately and watch it. I'll wait. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Win Free Tickets -- for Tonight's Blues Game!

    Kholood EidWho's her favorite Blues player?​Want to attend tonight's St. Louis Blues game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets?We're giving away two free tickets to anyone able answer a trivia question about this week's RFT cover story, "Daddy's Little Girl." The only catch is that you must be able to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Erik Johnson Wants Blues GM To Regret the Day He Was Scorned

    Three days after being traded away to the Denver, Erik Johnson is back in St. Louis today to help his Colorado Avalanche take on the Blues. In an interview this morning at Scottrade Center, the former face of the Blues said he harbors no ill-will against his old team but admits that he'd love to pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    The Blues' Bad Weekend

    ​Going into the weekend, the Blues faced another in a seemingly never-ending series of gut checks for the 2010 season. A home-and-home against the Minnesota Wild, a team the Blues were trying to overtake in their quest to capture the Western Division's eighth and final playoff spot. Not an easy ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Blues Win Over Panthers = Blueprint For Remainder of Season

    commons.wikimedia.orgJaroslav Halak, for good or ill, will have the biggest hand in determining the fate of the Blues' season.​If you were to draw up a blueprint for how the Blues have to win games this season, it probably would look a lot like what they did last night in beating the Florida Panth ... More >>

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