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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Hockey

Watch: Brett Hull seemed a little drunk before Game 6

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Nobody is enjoying the St. Louis Blues’ postseason run more than Brett Hull.

The Blues legend addressed the fans at Enterprise Center ahead of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night. The way he spoke slowly and joined in on the “let’s go Blues” chant late left many viewers believing Hull was drunk.

Hull, 54, currently serves as an executive vice president for the Blues. He played for the team 1988-1998, during which time he led the league in goals scored three straight times and won a Hart Trophy. He is beloved in St. Louis and has been emotional throughout the team’s magical postseason run, during which the Blues won a Stanley Cup Final game for the first time in franchise history and are the closest they’ve ever been to winning a Stanley Cup.

Blues superfan Laila Anderson gets her own bobblehead doll

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St. Louis Blues superfan Laila Anderson is getting a cool honor.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum created a bobblehead doll of Anderson, the 11-year-old fan who has become an inspirational figure for the team.

The bobblehead, which is available for presale, “features Laila on a hockey-rink base with her signature jean jacket holding a replica of the sign that she held up during a recent playoff game, as well as the bell that children at the Children’s Hospital ring when they finish their chemotherapy treatment,” a press announcement said.

Anderson is fighting a rare life-threatening immune disease called Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). The company, which received approval from Anderson and her family for the bobblehead, will donate $5 to St. Louis Children’s Hospital for each bobblehead sold.

Anderson is a big Blues fan and got connected to the team when she met Colton Parayko during an event at St. Louis Children’s Hospital on Halloween. The two developed a friendship that has continued since then, and Anderson’s relationship with the team and fanbase has grown in turn. She has become an inspirational figure for the team and fans while also drawing inspiration from their postseason success.

St. Louis newspaper accidentally runs ads congratulating Blues on Stanley Cup

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The St. Louis Blues can clinch the Stanley Cup on Sunday night, but one local newspaper got a bit ahead of themselves in preparing for the celebration.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch accidentally revealed a few ad pages in their subscriber-only e-edition celebrating the team’s triumph, including a congratulatory letter from team chairman Tom Stillman.

The paper quickly apologized on Twitter for the error.

It’s an understandable error, as these things have to be put together beforehand to be run immediately after a championship is won. Still, we’ve seen how something like this can turn into a jinx, and it’s a fair bet that some Blues fans will turn their ire toward the Post-Dispatch if the team can’t bring it home.

NHL rep defends official over missed penalty on ‘judgement call’

An NHL representative defended the missed call in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday, deeming it a judgement call.

Reporters were looking for a comment from the league about the play, which included a trip by Tyler Bozak on Noel Acciari, paving the way for a St. Louis Blues goal to make it 2-0 in the third period on the Boston Bruins.

NHL Sr VP/Dir of Officiating Stephen Walkom answered a question from a pool reporter by saying they don’t comment on judgement calls before offering a defense of the official for using judgment to decide a penalty was not needed.

All you need to know about the play is the way Bozak acted afterwards. He looked guilty and was expecting a penalty to come. He seemed to know he got away with one.

The Bruins were able to refocus after the missed call and still scored to make it 2-1, but they lost by that score to fall behind 3-2 in the series. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy was critical of the league for the call, saying it was an “egregious” miss and “black eye” for the league.

Bruce Cassidy: Missed call is ‘black eye’ for NHL

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Bruce Cassidy made his feelings known after his Boston Bruins lost 2-1 to the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night.

Cassidy spoke with the media after the game and voiced his complaints about the glaring missed call that preceded David Perron’s goal to put the Blues up 2-0 midway through the third period. Noel Acciari was taken out on a trip by Tyler Bozak, which was not called a penalty. The Blues took advantage while Acciari was down and scored to increase their lead.

Cassidy said he was yelling at the referees after the goal to tell them they had blown the f—ing call. The Bruins head coach said the team felt like they got screwed. He said the missed call was “egregious” and a “black eye” for the league.

Though Boston scored a few minutes later, it wasn’t enough as they fell 2-1 in the game.

The Blues now have a 3-2 series lead and a chance to win the Stanley Cup during Game 6 at home on Sunday.

Watch: Cam Neely furious after blown penalty call before Blues goal

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Cam Neely was heated after the referees missed a penalty call that helped set up a St. Louis Blues goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday.

The Blues were up 1-0 on the Boston Bruins midway through the third period and had the puck in Boston’s zone. Tyler Bozak tripped Bruins forward Noel Acciari, but the officials missed the penalty call. While Acciari was down, the Blues took advantage and scored to go up 2-0.

Neely, a former Bruins player and current team president, was furious and shown by NBC throwing a water bottle.

Neely had every right to be upset. That was a play that took out a Bruins player, gave St. Louis a man advantage on the ice, and they scored the most important goal of the game. Though Boston scored later in the third, they were unable to tie the game.

St. Louis now takes a 3-2 series lead back home for Game 6 on Sunday.

Referees miss Noel Acciari tripping penalty before Blues goal

The referees in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues missed a penalty call that preceded a Blues goal in the third period, infuriating the Bruins and their fans.

Bruins forward Noel Acciari was tripped by Tyler Bozak, who put his arms up immediately as if he expected a call. No call came. While Acciari was down, the Blues took advantage and David Perron scored.

Bruins fans could be heard chanting “bulls—” and were said to have been throwing junk on the ice, according to NBC’s telecast. The Boston Bruins’ official Twitter account was in disbelief too.

Fans were booing when the puck was dropped after the goal that made it 2-0. President Cam Neely was furious and threw a water bottle.

The series was tied 2-2, so a goal to put St. Louis up 2-0 in the third period was a huge moment in the series. Even though Boston scored a goal later in the game, it wasn’t enough as the Blues won 2-1 to take a 3-2 series lead.