Earlier in the day, the city of Anaheim, Calif., captured Albert Pujols out from under the Cardinals' checkbook. Thursday night at Scottrade, St. Louis' hockey team got even.
OK, "even" might be a stretch. But the Blues did their best to represent, dishing out a degree of comeuppance by beating the Anaheim Ducks 4-2.
The Blues have points in 13 of 15 games under new coach Ken Hitchcock. Meanwhile, they have catapulted from a staggering 14th in the Western Conference standings to a stable fourth.
T.J. Oshie led the charge Thursday with two goals, while Ian Cole and Chris Porter had the additional markers. Hitchcock scouted the Blues before replacing Davis Payne as the team's coach. When he watched Oshie on those occasions, he hardly recognized him.
"It's like he was playing weird," Hitchcock said. "I don't know another way to describe it. It was different. He was playing sideways, whereas he's a straight-ahead player.
"This is kind of what I thought he was supposed to be."
Oshie has six goals and 11 points in 15 games under Hitchcock and is a plus-5. The 24-year-old acknowledged being lost earlier this season.
"I think I was trying to do too much, getting a little frustrated," Oshie said. "I think a couple of times I got maybe short-shifted for making a play I thought was right, or trying to make the right play. But most of all, it's been a chance for me to relax and regroup."
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