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    October 20, 2010

    A Tough Road For the Blues

    ​So remember the first couple games of the season, when I was positively giddy over how the Blues started out for 2010-2011? They were playing outstanding defense, shooting the puck aggressively, and the acquisition of Jaroslav Halak looked like a masterstroke by the front office. Best of all, the ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    The Blues' Blazing Start

    ​​I lucked out yesterday and managed to finagle myself a pair of tickets to the Blues game through a work acquaintance. Unfortunately, since it was a noon start (when did they start having hockey games in the middle of the day?), everyone I knew was working and unable to go with me. I briefly co ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010
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    September 16, 2010

    VIDEO: Jon Hamm Knows His St. Louis Blues Hockey

    Madmen star (and St. Louis native) Jon Hamm recently sat down with the NHL Network to discuss his love-affair with the St. Louis Blues. Dude knows his team history. Harold Snepsts?

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    September 3, 2010

    Big Muddy Blues Festival and Bluesweek to Face Off This Weekend

    In the epic battle between Laclede's Landing and, well, the rest of downtown, who will prevail?​We're talking, of course, about the dueling blues festivals going head to head in the two areas: the inaugural St. Louis Bluesweek in the downtown corner, and Big Muddy Blues Festival representing Lacle ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Artgasm: This Weekend's Art Openings, August 27-29, 2010

    If you've been looking to inject a little more cute into your life, this weekend is for you. Urban Wanderers: The Tail End features artwork inspired by the rescued dogs and cats of Stray Rescue St. Louis; On some pieces a paw or noseprint was even contributed by the animal itself. Paintings can be b ... More >>

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    July 14, 2010

    Is That a Vuvuzela in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy to See Lindsay Davenport?

    We had $50 on the St. Louis Blues home opener as the St. Louis professional-sports debut of World Cup noisemaker icon the vuvuzela. However, an operative passed along this photo from last night's St. Louis Aces team-tennis match of a shirtless man serenading Aces Lindsay Davenport and Andrei Pavel w ... More >>

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    July 9, 2010

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: Friday, July 9, to Sunday, July 11

    Common will perform for free with DJ Needles Friday night at Live on the Levee.​Friday, July 9 *Common/DJ Needles, Live on the Levee *Jonny Lang/Brandi Shearer, The Pageant *Let Them Eat Art festival, Maplewood *3 Sheets to the Wind/Vanattica/Sonic Candy/Ahj/Acupunkture, Fubar (early show) *Le ... More >>

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    June 8, 2010

    Kroenke to Son: You'll Have Nuggets and Like It!

    Josh Kroenke played hoops for Mizzou from '99 to '03.​Call it a late birthday gift. Exactly one month after turning 29, Josh Kroenke was tapped yesterday as heir apparent to take over the Denver NBA franchise owned by his father, Stan Kroenke. The move comes as the elder Kroenke attempts to divest ... More >>

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    May 24, 2010

    Over the Weekend: Hum, the English Beat, Wrecking Ball Swings, Mini Lady Gaga

    If you're one of the seven people who didn't watch the Lost finale last night -- or see any of the show, ever -- you can breathe a little easier this morning. Drive-time radio talkers won't be wheezing about it on-air any longer and publications ranging from your uncle's blog to the New York Times w ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    Solution for Blues Ownership: Award Team as Consolation Prize to Losing Rams Bidder

    ​The largest investor in the St. Louis Blues, TowerBrook Capital Partners, wants to sell its ownership stake in the NHL franchise. TowerBrook -- a New York-based, private-equity firm -- never planned on being with the Blues for the long run. The company is friendly with Blues chairman and principa ... More >>

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    May 7, 2010

    10 Things to Do for $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, May 7-9, 2010

    It's that time of week again: In these hours before the weekend, you're left to wonder how to spend the next 50-60 hours. Before you begin the YouTube marathon on your couch, scan our weekly list of suggestions for affordable entertainment and then get out there! (But first, get dear old mom somethi ... More >>

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    March 10, 2010
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    February 19, 2010

    Artgasm: This Weekend's Art Openings, February 19-21, 2010

    Now that Mardi Gras (and the hangover) has passed, people are giving up all sorts of crazy things for Lent. Luckily, art isn't one of them! So get your mind off the cigarettes, reality TV guilty pleasure of your choice, and check out one of these openings. If you don't see your show listed, ple ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    The Blues' Best Win of the Year?

    The Blues and their new head coach, Davis "Bring The" Payne got a little bit of revenge last night on the Chicago Blackhawks. ​A month ago, when Payne took over as interim head coach of the Blues, replacing Andy Murray, his first game was against the Blackhawks, on home ice. It did not g ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Video: Jon Hamm Asks "Where'd You Go to High School?" on Saturday Night Live

    Hamm (right) on-screen with Will Forte on Saturday Night Live.​Mad Men actor and a good-looking former St. Louisan, Jon Hamm, hosted Saturday Night Live last night, and slipped in that most-telling of St. Louis question: "Where'd you go to high school?" during a sketch on the show.Was the question ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Game Notes: Blues 1, Wild 0 -- A Shutout at Home

    Well, I think it's pretty clear now that Andy Murray may quite possibly be the worst coach in the history of the National Hockey League, and Davis Payne is unequivocally the greatest coach in the history of said league. ​What's that? You don't believe me? The record is clear: under Murray, th ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009
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    November 19, 2009

    Breaking Down the Blues' Slow Start

    Sadly, it's become an annual tradition here in St. Louis, it seems: the Blues' Slow Start. Happens every year, right around this time, when we look at the record of our beloved boys in blue and notice they aren't doing so hot. ​This year, though, this seems a bit different. Oh, sure, they wer ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009
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    November 10, 2009

    Brett Hull's Hall of Fame Speech: The Word Cloud and Transcript

    ​One-time St. Louis Blue Brett Hull was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto. Hull spent most of his career with the Blues, from the spring of 1988 to the summer of 1998, before he signed as a free agent with the Dallas Stars. Although he spent the majority of his career with th ... More >>

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    November 6, 2009

    Game Notes: Calgary 2, Blues 1 (O/T) -- Still Struggling to Score

    ​-- Well, the Blues still can't score, but at least Lars Eller had himself a nice debut, eh? Eller became the twelfth player in St. Louis Blues' history to score in his debut game, as he put in a game-tying, power play goal in the third period. (Well, I say he put the goal in; technically, the puc ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    The Blues' Next Big Thing Debuts Tonight

    Tonight is an exciting night if you're a St. Louis Blues fan. The team's top prospect, Lars Eller, will make his NHL debut at the Scottrade Center against the Calgary Flames. Eller will also become only the sixth player in NHL history of Danish descent. Personally, I'm hoping Eller can com ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    St. Louis Weekend Concert Calendar: Friday, October 2 to Sunday, October 4

    Friday, October 2 *Darker My Love/Fractured Army/Troubadour Dali, Firebird *Sea Wolf/Sara Love/Port O'Brien, Billiken Club *Michael Franti & Spearhead/Trevor Hall, The Pageant *Presidents of the United States of America, Taste of St. Louis *Billy Talent/AM Taxi/Poison the Well, Pop's *Steddy P "Styl ... More >>

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    September 23, 2009
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    September 9, 2009
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    June 5, 2009

    Board of Aldermen Approve Subsidy for Kiel Opera House Golterman, your ship has come in. This morning, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen approved a plan to subsidize $29 million of the $74-million redevelopment plan for the Kiel Opera House. The city's money will come from an amusement tax on Blues hockey tickets. Developer ... More >>

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    April 22, 2009

    The Blues Lose, but the Future is Still Bright

    Okay, so it wasn't all that surprising, to see the Blues get eliminated last night. You get down three games to none, and you're going to get eliminated. It's just going to happen. I was hoping that they could avoid the sweep, but it wouldn't have mattered anyway. The Blues were toast. It was, ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    Since the First Minutes of the Series, the Blues Have Been Playing Scared.

    Well, it certainly wasn't the series we were expecting. The Blues' series against the Canucks, I mean. Not at all the way is was supposed to go. I know, I know, the series isn't over yet, so how can I be saying that it wasn't anything? "Still present tense, motherfucker!", I can hear you shouti ... More >>

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    April 17, 2009

    Three Ways the Blues Can Even it Up in Vancouver

    The Blues will take the ice tonight in Vancouver, trying to even their series at one game apiece, after looking rather lifeless and a little bit overmatched in game one. What went wrong was fairly obvious: they got outplayed, outworked, and outphysicaled. Not the sort of thing that has happened ofte ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Blues End-of-Season Awards

    To get your mind temporarily off last night's loss to the Canucks in Game 1 of the playoffs, and your cursing Roberto Luongo's name for the ridiculous saves he made, I wanted to hand out the regular season hardware. Mostly, I want to give out the awards before the playoffs have a chance to cloud my ... More >>

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    April 13, 2009

    The Kariya Konundrum

    Well, not only did the Blues qualify for the playoffs, they actually managed to leapfrog all the way up into sixth place. Didn't see that one coming, did you? So now we switch our focus and look ahead to the Blues' first round matchup, against the Vancouver Canucks. How the Blues attack the Can ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    David Backes Goes Crazy in Detroit

    Now that's more what I'm talking about. The Blues looked overmatched in Chicago. They looked much, much better on Thursday night in Detroit. Of all the players we've seen make big contributions to the Blues' cause here the last couple of months, David Backes has probably gotten the least c ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    The Blues Find Themselves on the Outside Looking In -- Again

    That's exactly what I was afraid of. Last night, the Blues ran into the Chicago Blackhawks, who have been one of the top teams in the league for most of the year. They were an absolute buzzsaw in December, and though they haven't been able to maintain that torrid pace in 2009, the 'Hawks are still t ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    The Blues' Best Weekend Ever

    Oshie earlier this season.At the start of the weekend, the Blues were one of the chasers, a team on the outside looking in. Now, we get to see just how well they can play while being chased. After beating the Columbus Blue Jackets twice in less than 24 hours, the Blues are, as of right now, the fina ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    T.J. Oshie Fakes Out Roberto Luongo, Canucks Leave as Losers

    Yesterday, I predicted the three things that the Blues had to do in order to beat the Vancouver Canucks last night. I said, in this order: 1. The kids need to do better getting into scoring situations;2. The Blues have to keep the Canucks' Sedin brothers from being a factor; and3. They need to ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Three Ways the Blues Can Beat the Canucks Tonight in St. Louis

    Yes, it is absolutely a cliche at this point, but the Blues are playing one of the biggest games of their season tonight. The Vancouver Canucks are in town, and the Blues desperately need to get a win here. I know, every game the Blues have played the past two months has been the biggest of the ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    The Blues: Scoring Down the Stretch, Day Off for Mason?

    Well, at least Tkachuk's wrist isn't broken. Sadly, that's really the only positive you can take out of last night's Blues game; they got shut out by Roberto Luongo (for whom I have an irrational hatred, for some odd reason), and I'm afraid it looks as if the Blues may be running out of steam.& ... More >>

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    March 18, 2009

    The Blues: So Close, Yet So Far Away

    The Blues came close to pulling it off last night.Chris Mason just kept making save after save, and the Blues went down time after time and took good, solid shots. I kept thinking that eventually, something just had to go in. Turns out I was wrong. Well, technically, something did eventual ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    The Blues' Finest Hour

    I'll be the first to admit it: I didn't give the Blues any chance of winning against the Sharks Thursday night. San Jose is probably the best team in hockey, in my ever so humble opinion, and I just didn't think that our boys in blue had any real shot. Well, turns out I was wrong. The Blues wer ... More >>

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    March 4, 2009

    Blues Slink Under Red Wings in 5-0 Loss

    In game that meant they were playoff-ready this year or not, the St. Louis Blues gave up five goals to the Detroit Red Wings and were unceremoniously shut-out Tuesday night at home, in front of a sold-out crowd at the Scottrade Center. The game Tuesday night was hyped as a litmus test by the local d ... More >>

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    March 4, 2009

    I'm Done Saying Nice Things About the Blues

    Okay, that's it. Yesterday, I go on the record with my own vote of confidence in the Blues. I tell everyone in the world that I really, truly believe this team is close enough to a playoff berth that they simply cannot trade away Keith Tkachuk. I stood up publicly and said that I thought this team w ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    The Red Wings are Coming! Tonight and the Blues' Playoff Hopes

    Tonight, at the Scottrade Center, the Blues may very well decide the fate of Keith Tkachuk. They win, he stays. They lose, he goes. Okay, okay, fine. So maybe it isn't nearly that cut-and-dry. Look, "Tonight, at the Scottrade Center, the Blues will add yet one more point of consideration to an ... More >>

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    February 23, 2009

    Andy Murray's Perfect Game

    I feel terrible. Just awful. I feel like a complete and total heel. This past Thursday night, Andy Murray, coach of our very own St. Louis Blues, notched the 300th win of his career, when the Blues beat the Nashville Predators in overtime. Now, that may not seem like the sort of thing that woul ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    The Blues Come Up Short When it Counts... Again

    Going into last night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, plenty of talk was being devoted to the fact that the Blues had only lost one game in regulation in the previous eight contests. Unfortunately, that particular loss was a bad one, coming at the hands of Vancouver, one of those playoff b ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009

    Did the Blues Steal a Jersey Design from a Fan?

    Paul Lukas over at ESPN's Page 2 has an interesting column out today about uniform designs submitted by fans to their favorite teams -- and what happens when those teams seem to use the designs without giving credit.This story has a very local angle, with lifelong St. Louis Blues fan Darryl Swint su ... More >>

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    February 11, 2009

    Last Night: The Blues "Pull an Izzy"

    With a scant twelve minutes to go in the third period last night, it looked as if all was well in Bluesland. The Note found themselves up 3-2 over the Vancouver Canucks, thanks to another strong showing by goalie Chris Mason, as well as goals from Steve Wagner, Brad Boyes, and Keith Tkachuk. All the ... More >>

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    February 3, 2009

    Maybe He Just Forgot Which Manny He Is?

    Look, I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the Blues aren't going to win much of anything until they find some consistent, halfway good goal-tending. I'm not sure what was going on exactly with Manny Legace last night against the Detroit Red Wings, but whatever it was, it wasn't good. Th ... More >>

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    January 30, 2009

    The Blues Come Out Like Lambs

    I'm confused. Isn't it March that always comes in like a lamb, and goes out like a lion? Or is that backward? Maybe it's April. You know what? I don't feel too very bad about being confused, because apparently the Blues are too. In their first game following the All-Star break last night, the B ... More >>

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