In November the Blues were taking on their nearest (and dearest) rival, the Chicago Blackhawks, trailing by three goals in the second period. In a matter of minutes, Alexander Steen, David Backes and Jay Bouwmeester had tied it up with Chicago, knotting the score at 5-5 heading into the third. Elise Butler, part of the St. Louis social media team, celebrated the only way she knew how: by bringing bacon into the equation.
Team Canada’s decision to choose Sidney Crosby as captain along with Jonathan Toews and Shea Weber as alternates for the World Cup of Hockey had to do with past international success, as well as their NHL achievements. The three were the leadership group for Team Canada in the 2014 Olympics, so it made sense to keep the trio together for the World Cup. “They’re great, great men who have distinguished themselves not only with their ability but with their relentless drive to get better and for success and to help their individual games but to also help Canada medal in the past or win Cups for that matter,” coach Mike Babcock said on a teleconference.
The Dallas Stars have bolstered their forward group by signing Jiri Hudler to a one-year, $2 million deal as first reported by Sonny Sachdeva on Tuesday night. Hudler, who will reunite with GM Jim Nill after their time in Detroit, posted 16 goals and 46 points in 72 games with the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers last season. Ten of those 46 points came via the power play, which means the Stars’ fourth-ranked power play just got even better.