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Blues endure travel delays returning from Vancouver

Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 12:04 PM / News

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Blues endure travel delays returning from Vancouver
The Blues' 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.

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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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres