Twenty-seven times in history had the St. Louis Blues taken a three-game trip to Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary, and not once had they returned home with three victories. Until this week.
The Blues finished a sweep of the Western Canadian teams with a 2-1 shoot-out victory over the Flames on Wednesday.
"I knew our team was capable of it," goalie Chris Mason told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "When we put our mind to it and play the way we're supposed to play, we've seen how we're successful, and I think we did that the last three games."
The victory also gave the Blues their first three-game winning streak of the season. At 17-14-5, they are three games over .500 for the first time.
Tough on sticks
Here's hoping Santa was paying attention to that St. Louis-Calgary game, because he would have known what to bring Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on his rounds.
Bouwmeester broke two sticks on the same penalty kill. After Bouwmeester's own stick broke while blocking a shot, ex-Flyer Daymond Langkow gave him his stick, and seconds later it also ended up broken, a result of another blocked shot.
Fifth goose egg
Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov recorded his NHL-leading fifth shutout of the season Wednesday as the Phoenix Coyotes slammed the door on Anaheim, 4-0. With Bryzgalov making 21 saves, Phoenix won its eighth straight home game and extended its current overall surge to 10-2-1.
Scottie Upshall's first-period goal Wednesday for the Coyotes was his 13th goal of the season. That is tops among former Flyers around the league, ahead of R.J. Umberger's 12 goals for Columbus. Umberger does, however, have the edge in points, 26 to 21.
Among former Flyers, Vinny Prospal leads with 32 points for the New York Rangers, including eight goals. Chicago's Patrick Sharp has 27 points, including11 goals.
Back to the minors
Chicago sent left winger Bryan Bickell holiday greetings by reassigning him to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs.
The 23-year-old has one goal in 10 games with the Blackhawks this season. Bickell was Chicago's third choice in the 2004 draft.
- Staff and wire reports