Blues endure travel delays returning from Vancouver

Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 12:04 PM NHL.com

The St. Louis Blues enjoyed their time in Vancouver this weekend, collecting a 4-3 shootout victory Sunday evening.

They didn't expect to spend quite so much time in the Pacific Northwest, though. The team's flight back to St. Louis was delayed because of mechanical issues, and instead of returning Monday afternoon, the Blues arrived at 6:33 a.m. on Tuesday, St. Louis Dispatch writer Jeremy Rutherford reported on Twitter.

Rutherford originally reported the delay would be seven or eight hours as the team waited for a part to fix the charter plane, which would have put the team's arrival in St. Louis around midnight Tuesday.

Instead, the team arrived a little more than 12 hours before they are scheduled to face the San Jose Sharks at Scottrade Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2). The team cancelled its morning skate because of the travel issues.

Despite the delayed flight home, it was a successful road trip for the Blues, who won all three games away from home after heading into the trip on a five-game winless streak. They will be facing a well-rested opponent Tuesday -- the Sharks haven't played since Friday.

In an ironic twist of fate, fans in attendance Tuesday will receive a free Blues poster courtesy of Boeing, according to the team's official Twitter account.

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