ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — In the closest thing to a NHL game at Scottrade Center since the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings took a 2-0 series lead on the Blues last Spring, ‘The Note’ had their first Training Camp Scrimmage. After two 30-minute periods with a running clock, also including shootout rounds, and a final period of six 2-minute power play shifts, the ‘Blue’ & ‘White’ teams skated to a 4-4 draw.
A crowd of about 8,000 fans at Scottrade Center saw familiar solid goaltending from Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott before eventually wearing down, the seemingly genuine skills of young forward Vladimir Tarasenko and Captain David Backes scrapping with big defenseman Roman Polak against the boards in front of the team bench.
Backes was asked about nearly opening the notorious ‘Polak door’ all the way:
Goals scored Tuesday night, not during the shootout stages, came from Andy McDonald, Chris Stewart and Jaden Schwartz for the ‘White’ team. Peoria call up Mark Cundari scored for the ‘Blue’ team. Scores in the two rounds of shootouts came from McDonald, Stewart, Alex Steen, Jamie Langenbrunner, David Perron and David Backes.
The team continues Training Camp with practice on Wednesday, a morning pre-game skate followed by another scrimmage on Thursday and practice on Friday before their first game against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
Head coach Ken Hitchcock addressed the sense of urgency in being ready for the first game:
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