T.J. Oshie

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    October 7, 2014

    5 Best Moments of Oshie the Baby Penguin's Life at the Saint Louis Zoo -- So Far

    The Saint Louis Zoo knows you miss the penguins. Penguin and Puffin Coast is under construction, and unless you want to watch the zoo's penguin webcam or shell out $50-a-head for a backstage tour (like the one Newt Gingrich went on, with hilarious results), St. Louis' penguin and puffin lovers are ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Blues Let Fans Ask Coach Ken Hitchcock Questions on Twitter, Things Get Crazy

    It's summer. There's no hockey anywhere, and puck fans are desperate for hockey news. So the Blues decided to do their fans a solid and hold a Q&A on Twitter allowing their fans to ask head coach Ken Hitchcock questions by using the hashtag #AskHitch. But instead of asking about hockey, many Blues ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    How T.J. Oshie Won Over America, Our Hearts and (Maybe) the Cover of EA Sports' NHL 15

    St. Louis fans have loved him for years, but Blues forward T.J. Oshie wasn't exactly a "star" around the rest of the league. Before the end of this season, his best year was 19 goals and 54 points. (He bested that by a few points this year.) And although he brings much more to the Blues than points, ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    T.J. Oshie's Game-Winning Shootout Goal vs. Russia Was Not "Best Winter Olympic Moment"

    When the United States Olympic Team began asking people to vote for the "Best Winter Olympic Moment," it seemed like a no-brainer to many people that T.J. Oshie's dramatic game-winning shootout goal against Russia should be the clear winner. Those people are wrong. Oshie became a national hero, dar ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    9 Reasons Why Opening Day Should Be a National Holiday

    If you're a lifelong St. Louisan, it may surprise you to know that Opening Day is not actually a national holiday. It just feels like one here in the Lou. But two St. Louis institutions -- former Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith and Anheuser-Busch -- are petitioning the U.S. government to declare Op ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson Has "All the Answers" at the Beggin' Pet Parade

    As RFT Music approached the Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson backstage during the Beggin' Pet Parade on Sunday, a Purina media agent informed him that we had a few questions. "Oh, I've got all the answers," Robertson asserted. Unprompted, Robertson launched into a litany of tips for dog owners. "Pos ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    The 10 Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: February 21 to 23

    Enjoy the warm weather this weekend and whet your appetite for Mardi Gras with a Soulard restaurant crawl. Check out the future home of 21st Amendment at the Centennial Beer Festival or watch us (hopefully) beat the Canadians in Olympic hockey. Whatever you prefer, we've got you covered. Check out o ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Winter Olympics: Five Absurd St. Louis "Sports" We'd Rather Watch Than Curling

    We think the Winter Olympics are great. That overtime shootout where Blues forward T.J. Oshie scored a crazy between-the-knees goal to win it all for team U.S.A? Wow. Just, wow. Instant classic. Alas, other "sports" at the Winter Olympics are decidedly less exciting. (We're looking at you, curling, ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    The Blues Through Two: Woo!

    The St. Louis Blues have played exactly two games this season, which is more than enough for me to say this, without equivocation: The 2013 St. Louis Blues are the greatest hockey team in the history of having a history of hockey teams. No, no. Don't argue with me. You can't. After the shellack ... More >>

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    January 19, 2013

    A Big Blue(s) Preview

    Tonight, at the Scottrade Center, the fated, the long-awaited, the eagerly anticipated 2013 Blues season will get under way. Okay, so it was really supposed to be the 2012-2013 Blues season, and all the Don King hype and rhyming in the world isn't going to entirely take the sting out of this la ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Is Lockout History Repeating for the St. Louis Blues?

    So the NHL has apparently failed to learn its lesson. In a big, big way. See, the National Hockey League has this problem, wherein all the owners say they're not making any money, while the players all go, "Nuh-uh!" and everybody just keeps yelling at the other to quit being such a bunch of gre ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    YES! Blues Sign T.J. Oshie to 5-Year Deal

    The St. Louis Blues came to a sane, financially prudent agreement with forward T.J. Oshie late last night and avoided arbitration. Oshie signed for five years worth a total of $20.875 million, which averages out to $4.175 million a year. That's a nice bump from his last contract, a one-year deal tha ... More >>

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    June 18, 2012

    Blues Give Chris Stewart a One-Year Deal

    Late last week, the Blues came to terms with forward Chris Stewart on a one-year deal worth $3 million, a slight pay cut from his salary of $3.25 million last season. And with the way he played last year, the only real shock could be how modest the pay cut actually was. It's funny to look back ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    The Blues Dig Themselves Into a Hole -- Again

    For the second series in a row, the Blues have put themselves behind the eight ball by coming out and playing one of their worst games in the opener. Worse yet, they've done it both times while playing at home in the Scottrade Center, where they were the NHL's best home team this season. Of cou ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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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 >>

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    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 >>

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    December 30, 2010
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    December 18, 2009

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow me @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on my Twitter feed this week:A few weeks ago I wondered when someone would name a dish after #stlblues T.J. Oshie. The Post sports bar in Maplewood has an Oshie Burger.1:14 PM Dec 15thOf ... More >>

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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

    Blues' TJ Oshie Will Eat at the Drunken Fish, Wear Flip-Flops on the Ice

    Blues fans love TJ Oshie, and to satisfy their hunger for more Tiger Beat-esque facts about the 22-year-old phenom, Kevin Lorenz of InsideSTL caught up with Oshie after practice recently for a proper-sit down interview. Here's our favorite excerpt; the player's diet:​Full interview over at InsideS ... 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 12, 2009

    Jon Hamm is a HUGE Blues Hockey Geek

    Just look at how greasy his Blues hat is...Who else could, in 30 seconds, toss off references to Brett Hull, Adam Oates, Brendan Shanahan, Craig Janney, Paul and Gino Cavallini, and T.J. Oshie and still devastate your face with handsomeness? (OK, maybe Harold Snepsts could).

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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 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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    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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    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 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 26, 2009

    Blues Update: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

    Over the weekend, we may have finally seen some real reason to be optimistic for the Blues' future. In the NHL's YoungStars Game, the Blues had two players participating, and both showed well for themselves. Don't get me wrong; there have been plenty of reasons to be optimistic before now, but ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    The Most Exciting Hockey Game Of the Year

    And I didn't even see it live, just on this YouTube clip.