A day after the Blues’ Patrik Berglund whiffed on a slap shot and nearly did a face-plant on the ice, a few teammates were having fun at the center’s expense Friday.
Brenden Morrow was sitting on the Blues’ bench when the mishap occurred in the second period of the team’s 5-1 win over the New York Islanders and said that he spit out his mouth-guard.
“I mean, I’ve seen some funny (stuff) I guess, but that was ...” Morrow said. “It was just priceless. I was trying to contain the laugh but (the mouth-guard) came out strong.”
Blues backup goalie Brian Elliott was trying to contain himself, but he lost it after witnessing Morrow’s reaction.
“It was like the spit-water bit, but he spit out his mouth-guard into the boards,” Elliott said. “I tried to look away, but I saw that and I couldn’t help myself. Those things happen — you don’t want them to happen to you — but they happen.”
During the game, TV cameras caught Berglund and Elliott sharing a laugh together near the Blues’ bench after the incident.
On Friday, Berglund joked, “Obviously there was some ice problems, or something like that. Maybe my skates were broken. ... It was really funny. There was 20,000 people laughing ... kind of hard (not to laugh). I thought it was funny.”
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock compared the shot attempt to that of actor Adam Sandler in one of his famed movies.
“It was a ‘Happy Gilmore’ moment,” Hitchcock said. “It was good (Berglund) laughed about it ... it took the tension away.”
The Blues had a scary moment in the first period Thursday when defenseman Alex Pietrangelo dropped to the ice to block a shot by the Islanders’ Andrew MacDonald and took it in the head.
Pietrangelo began bleeding, went to the locker room for stitches and returned.
“It was a close call,” Pietrangelo said. “That’s why we wear helmets. I got off the ice and grabbed my head and saw the blood. It kind of scared me at first. But the docs calmed me down and I was fine. I feel OK today, just a little bit stiff.”
Hitchcock said the Blues dodged a potential serious injury.
“Oh, man,” Hitchcock said. “Usually when the trainer doesn’t come and talk to you, that’s a good thing. When he comes and talks to you, it’s a bad thing. (Trainer Ray Barile) didn’t talk to me, so I was hopeful, but man, to see a guy get a shot like that ... if that thing is six centimeters either side, we’re dealing with a lot different injury today.”
Ryan Reaves, who had surgery on his broken right hand Nov. 25, says that he is progressing nicely.
Reaves has been placed on IR and will be re-evaluated after the first week of January.
“Doing well,” Reaves said. “Got a couple of workouts in the last two days. I see the doctor on Monday and hopefully I can get on the ice next week and start my conditioning back up.”
Jaroslav Halak will start in net tonight against Anaheim.
• The Blues will keep the line of Berglund, Magnus Paajarvi and Maxim Lapierre together tonight.
• Ian Cole, who had one assist in 16 minutes, 10 seconds of ice time Thursday, will remain in the lineup.