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  • Thursday: Blues at Avalanche

    So how badly will the Blues get destroyed tonight?

  • #2
    hopefully 10-5

    I want cheap tacos.

    Blues suck dick.

    I just want 5 goals

    taco bell isnt losing money this year
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    • #3

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      • #4
        I hate to be pessimistic, but I have a feeling it's going to get ugly tonight.
        RIP Chris Jones 1971-2009
        You'll never be forgotten.

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        • #5
          4-0 shutout.

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          • #6
            I'm thinking 3-0 or 4-0 Colorado. I don't see how Kitchen is magically going to make players with no skill score goals or a horrible goalie a good one.

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            • #7
              St. Louis Blues coach Joel Quenneville lost his job in part because he couldn't lead the team to the level of fellow Western Conference powers like the Colorado Avalanche.

              On Thursday, the Blues will play their first game without Quenneville, who was fired Tuesday, when they face the Avs at the Pepsi Center.

              Quenneville was the franchise's winningest coach with 307 victories and earned NHL coach of the year honors in 2000, leading the Blues to at least 40 wins in five of his six full seasons. But St. Louis has won just four of its past 16 games, a skid that helped seal Quenneville's fate.

              Despite all their regular season success under Quenneville, the Blues were 34-34 in the playoffs and couldn't duplicate the success of West rivals Colorado or Detroit, who won three Stanley Cups between them during Quenneville's tenure.

              ``I think Joel did everything he could,'' said Blues general manager Larry Pleau, whose club is in ninth place in the conference. ``I just felt that the way the team had been playing, that a change was needed -- and a new face.

              ``In these positions, you make decisions, and I felt it was time. I didn't think it was going to get back on track.''

              Taking over for Quenneville is assistant Mike Kitchen, who was given a multiyear contract. The new coach inherits a two-game losing streak (0-1-1), with the defeats coming at the beginning of a five-game road trip.

              St. Louis has been off since its 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago on Sunday in Quenneville's final game as coach. Defenseman Stephane Robidas scored with 19.5 seconds left in the extra period to lift the Blackhawks.

              Eric Weinrich and Keith Tkachuk scored for the Blues, and Chris Osgood made 27 saves.

              Kitchen will be looking for his club to take advantage of the struggling Avalanche. Colorado lost 2-0 at home to Calgary on Tuesday night, its fourth defeat in five games.

              The chief culprit during the Avalanche's slide has been lack of offense. The Avs were shut out for the second time in five contests and have scored only five goals during the stretch.

              ``We have to find a way to get some ugly goals, and hopefully we will turn it around,'' Avalanche captain Joe Sakic said.

              Colorado still leads the Northwest Division by three points over Vancouver, but the Avs are winless in their last five at home (0-3-1-1), scoring only four goals.

              The Avs' David Aebischer made 23 saves against the Flames, but was outplayed by Miikka Kiprusoff, who stopped 26 shots.

              While the absence of center Peter Forsberg, who missed his fourth straight game with a groin injury, is hurting the Avalanche's offense, Colorado did get back its top two defenseman Tuesday. Rob Blake returned after missing seven games with a hairline fracture of his left leg, and Adam Foote was back after sitting out two games with a groin injury.

              Colorado acquired some help up front Wednesday, trading a 2005 fourth-round draft pick to Minnesota for center Darby Hendrickson.

              Updated on Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 7:39 pm EST

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              • #8
                Larry Pleau should've stepped in behind the bench...that woulda been fun since he did it in HAR....

                Blues will win, 3-2...

                "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
                Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
                -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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                • #9
                  Blues will put forth a good effort, but Colorado gets an empty net goal and wins 4-2. Drake and Tkachuk score for the Blues

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                  • #10
                    I am so hoppy to finally be playing for Coach Kitch.

                    Back to the trainer's room.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Demitra_equals_grit@Feb 26 2004, 07:15 PM
                      I am so hoppy to finally be playing for Coach Kitch.

                      Back to the trainer's room.


                      BTW, 1-0 COL
                      RIP Chris Jones 1971-2009
                      You'll never be forgotten.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JWB+Feb 26 2004, 07:17 PM-->
                        QUOTE(JWB @ Feb 26 2004, 07:17 PM)

                      • #13
                        Is it just me, or does Kitchen look thoroughly confused up there behind the bench?

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                        • #14
                          The parade to the penalty box continues...
                          RIP Chris Jones 1971-2009
                          You'll never be forgotten.

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by JWB@Feb 26 2004, 07:37 PM
                            The parade to the penalty box continues...
                            Undisciplined hockey...nothing has changed...

                            "Can't buy what I want because it's free...
                            Can't buy what I want because it's free..."
                            -- Pearl Jam, from the single Corduroy

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