ST. LOUIS -- It was supposed to be the end of a successful three-game trip for the St. Louis Blues.
The trip ended with a 4-3 shootout win at the Vancouver Canucks, and they were supposed to board a plane home, with an estimated arrival of 4 p.m. local time Monday.
That didn't quite go according to plan, however.
Instead, the Blues didn't leave Vancouver until after midnight Pacific Standard Time, and finally landed in St. Louis at 6:30 a.m. CT on Tuesday. The 14-hour delay was because of mechanical issues with their charter plane. So rather than get a day's rest then take the ice for the morning skate ahead of a game Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2), the Blues were at home ... and in bed.
Blues right wing Chris Stewart, asked if he experienced anything quite like this, wasted little time thinking about an answer.
"No," he said. "That's as close to the American [Hockey] League travel you're going to get there as far as rest.