Vegas Golden Knights left wing William Carrier (28) punches St. Louis Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson (6) during a scuffle in the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
The game summary for the Blues-Predators contest on Friday was a crowded one. Eight total goals, six penalties for each team, three goalies.
One thing missing in the penalty summary was the name of Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson.
Edmundson has been a regular in that department lately. In the nine games preceding Friday’s game, Edmundson had been called for a penalty in seven of them. Edmundson’s 22 penalty minutes going into Saturday leads the team, though with Pat Maroon back in the lineup, he may close that gap quickly.
Edmundson’s penalties have been a mix. Three of them were roughing calls, to go with two cross checks, a slash and an interference call.
“I think I’m getting a little wild with my stick,” Edmundson said. “Sometimes the game gets the better half of me and I take out my frustrations. I’m looking to be smarter in that department.
“Sometimes I get worked up a bit and anger takes over. Coach has talked to me. I just have to settle down a bit.”
“He’s trying to play physical and play hard,” interim coach Craig Berube said. “We all have to play between the whistles. The stuff after the whistles … if you’re taking penalties after the whistles, they’re not good penalties.”
Saturday was Hockey Fights Cancer night for the Blues, and the team took its pregame warmup in lavender jerseys with the names and numbers of former Blues who had died of cancer: Represented were Noel Picard (4), Jimmy Roberts (6), Barclay Plager (8), Doug Wickenheiser (14) and Mark Reeds (15). The two goalies wore jerseys with shamrocks and the name of broadcaster Dan Kelly. Relatives of the six took part in the ceremonial puck drop.
Chad Johnson, getting the start on the second half of the back-to-back games, wore a mask with pictures of Roberts, Plager, Wickenheiser and Kelly on it. Blues play-by-play broadcaster John Kelly said he thought it was the first time his father had appeared on a hockey mask. Jake Allen was on the bench with his Hockey Fights Cancer mask, which included a drawing of Mandi Schwartz, the sister of Blues forward Jaden Schwartz, who died of cancer in 2011.
Saturday was the 10th anniversary of the trade that brought Alexander Steen, along with Carlo Colaiacovo, to the Blues from Toronto in exchange for Lee Stempniak. It also marked the sixth straight game Steen missed with an upper-body injury. … Brayden Schenn’s Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight) on Friday night was the second of his career. His other came when he was with Philadelphia in a 5-4 loss to Arizona on Oct. 27, 2016. “It’s always cool when you get one,” Schenn said. “He’s at his best when he’s physical and engaged in that way,” Berube said. “It brings the best out in him.” ... The most recent Blue to have one was Vladimir Tarasenko in November of 2017. … Nikita Soshnikov was a healthy scratch again.