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Friday, 10.02.2009 / 9:55 AM
By Darren Pang - St. Louis Blues Online / Bloggin' from Sweden
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Bloggin\' from Sweden
Entry #3
It is finally game day here in Stockholm, Sweden.

The players have to be champing at the bit, as it has been since Sunday when we arrived. There's only so much reindeer, swedish meatballs and bangers and mash a short bald guy can eat!

The morning skate had some good jump by both teams, but it will be a long day as the game doesn't start until 9 p.m. local time.

Coach Andy Murray has such great respect for the Red Wings and what they have accomplished and he knows good isn't enough, so the word 'great' was heavily stressed at today's meetings.

Andy Murray hung this quote in the Blues locker room before the team's season opener on Oct. 2 in Sweden (Photo by Darren Pang).
He loves a good quote and will post them on the board in the meeting before the skate. I took a picture of today's quote (so I wouldn't forget it!) And then I asked Andy if it was OK to show the Blues fans what it was....so here you go!

Andy spoke to the Blues fans that made the trip over for the two games and slid in some opening remarks....in German! The fans loved it.

I had a good talk today with both Blues goalies, Chris Mason and Ty Conklin. I was interested to see if and how much they talk about the other team's shooters, especially since Conklin played in Detroit last year and knows their shooters so well.

They have gone over certain players, Johan Franzen, in particular. The key point was how heavy his shot is, that you have to expect him to shoot it from anywhere. He has soft hands in close for a large guy.

Mason wanted to know about player tendencies, not so much curves, which hand a player shoots, but more the habits of players.

These two guys have great chemistry together. They are grinders, battlers, they are goalies that players want to play hard for.

Both have ben real sharp, and so has Ben Bishop, as he learns from two great pros. Bishop sees their work ethic every day. He sees what preparing is all about and that leading by example is everything.

On another note, congrats to Colorado Avalanche former captain, Joe Sakic. They retired his sweater in their opener and it was a nice ceremony. He was such a quiet , humble, competitor that always had time for guys like me.

I ran into former NHLer Markus Naslund on the streets of Stockholm today as he also retired after a terrific career. His buddy, Mats Sundin, just retired and is having a get together just around the corner from our hotel as he celebrates his phenomenal career. All tree players are great people and you can be sure Sakic and Sundin go right to the Hall of Fame.

Looking forward to the game to start. As Andy Murray say's: two points.

- Panger

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