St. Louis Blues players besides T.J. Oshie were in competition in the 2014 Winter Olympics yesterday. Did they trend worldwide on Twitter after scoring four shootout goals against a vaunted Russian team? Of course not, but that doesn’t mean that St. Louis isn’t still being well represented across the board in Sochi.
Patrik Berglund has really picked up his game for Sweden since being elevated to the role of No. 1 center, but Jaroslav Halak still can’t seem to find his A-game. Must be saving all the confidence for the upcoming Stanley Cup run in St. Louis, right?
Here’s an updated look at how all of the Blues in Sochi are doing.
Click on any individual name to see their Olympic spotlight.
David Backes – USA – 2 GP, 1 G, even
Kevin Shattenkirk – USA – 2 GP, 0 G, 2 A, plus-one
T.J. Oshie – USA – 2 GP, 0 G, 2 A, plus-two (something about four shootout goals?)
Patrik Berglund -Sweden – 3 GP, 2 G, 1 A, even
Alexander Steen – Sweden – 3 GP, 0 G, 2 A, plus-two
Vladimir Tarasenko – Russia – 2 GP, 0 G, 0 A, even
Alex Pietrangelo – Canada – 2 GP, 0 G, 1 A, plus-two
Jay Bouwmeester – Canada – 2 GP, 0 G, 0 A, plus-two
Jaroslav Halak – Slovakia – 2 GP, 0 W, 1 L, .857 SV%, 5.13 GAA
All in all, St. Louis has provided a spark to just about every nation that it has sent players to. While head coach Mike Babcock juggles his defensive pairings and benches the likes of P.K. Subban for Canada, both Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester remain in the lineup.
Alexander Steen hasn’t scored yet but he’s been all over the place in the offensive zone, firing the puck 11 times through three contests. Vladimir Tarasenko has made some cute plays for Russia, but hasn’t been utilized as more than a depth forward to this point, while David Backes has been a wrecking ball for the United States.
All statistics appear courtesy of IIHF.com and are accurate through games played on February 15.
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