Class Action Settlement for NHL GameCenter LIVE and NHL Center Ice Purchasers Means Special Benefits Available – Click Here to Find Out More
 
2015 NHL Draft
SHARE

Blues endure travel delays returning from Vancouver

Tuesday, 02.19.2013 / 12:04 PM / News

NHL.com

Share with your Friends


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.

Quote of the Day

I definitely think going back down helped me, I had a lot of confidence down there, I played a lot of minutes and I think that helped me a lot. With the 37 games up here, that gave me experience as well. I know what it takes to play in the NHL and now it's time for me to show that I'm capable of being a full-time NHL player.

— Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl on finishing the 2014-15 season in juniors after playing 37 games with Edmonton to begin the season