In the latest St. Louis Blues at the IIHF World Championships news – Carlo Colaiacovo was added to Team Canada’s roster and 2003 third round pick, goalie Konstantin Barulin has been added to Team Russia’s roster. Today marked the opening of the event and all but 3 of the St. Louis Blues players and prospects have made their debut. Colaiacovo didn’t play today and it’s not sure why, but many rumor mills held the belief that it was due to the immediacy in which Team Canada called him up and was possibly still travelling or under the effects of jet lag and travel. Ty Conklin didn’t get the Team USA start in goal today, in favor of the New York Islanders Al Montoya. Another Blues (prospect) goaltender who didn’t see time today was Barulin for Team Russia, who instead used Yevgeni Nabokov.
Blues who did see time today, though, seemed to have put their full effort in to the games and contributed quality play. Slovakian goalie Jaroslav Halak made a stunning debut at home and aided in his teams 3-1 victory. Canada prevailed over Belarus, 4-1 and saw Alex Pietrangelo and Chris Stewart with plus ratings of +3 and +1 respectively. Not all of our Blues and prospects came out with a victory, though. Team Russia was upset for the first time in 33 tries by Germany, and to make matters worse, it was a 2-0 shutout victory that put Germany on top. Vladimir Tarasenko came out even with a 0 +/- rating during Team Russia’s loss.
Kevin Shattenkirk lent a scoring hand to Team USA’s offense during their 5-1 win over Austria. Shattenkirk scored the fourth goal of the game in the third period. With possibly the most interesting debut in this years IIHF WC’s, though, comes with Swedish sensation, Patrik Berglund. Berglund scored 2 goals in the high scoring affair but unfortunately Sweden feel to Norway, who had their first win against Sweden in 61 years.
Games featuring your favorite Blues players continue on Sunday with Russia v. Slovenia, Canada v. France, Slovakia v. Germany. Monday sees Team USA in action again versus Norway, and Patrik Berglund’s Swedes take on Austria.
Post Music: Scenic World by Beirut – The imagery this song produces is beyond any words I can conjure up. It’s a beautiful song that makes me appreciate the world around me and I hope the boys in Blue who are also wearing white, red, yellow and more are appreciating their time in Worlds.
Topics: Al Montoya, Alex Pietrangelo, Carlo Colaiacovo, Chris Stewart, IIHF, IIHF World Championships, Jaroslav Halak, Kevin Shattenkirk, Konstantin Barulin, New York Islanders, Patrik Berglund, Slovakia, St. Louis Blues, Team Canada, Team Russia, Team USA, Ty Conklin, Vladimir Tarasenko, Yevgeni Nabokov