Johnson All Smiles Following Avs Victory
A thunderous roar erupted inside the Avalanche dressing room as Erik Johnson entered following the Avalanche victory over the Blues. Johnson was outside the dressing room doing television post-game interviews for both teams before he finally got a chance to sit down.
By the way the Colorado trainers may want to check the blood pressure of Avalanche PR guy Jean Martineau who almost had a heart attack after the game. He couldn’t handle the amount of attention Johnson was getting and did his best to shield off reporters including Hall of Famer Bernie Federko who conducted the interview on the St. Louis side. Apparently Martineau, one of the more bizarre individuals working in the NHL, must have had somewhere to be as he told the Colorado players they had ten minutes to get on the bus.
Let’s just say the money put on the board by the Colorado players was substantial. This is tradition when a player faces his former team for the first time.
You couldn’t help but feel good for Johnson who has been through a lot the last few days let alone the entire season. Before the game Johnson contributed his struggles this season to being 100% mental and he’s never once doubted his ability to play this game. He places a lot of pressure on himself to play at a high level and hopefully this game will jumpstart a strong finish to the season.
Johnson genuinely loves St. Louis and told me he plans on still spending several weeks during the summer in the Lou.
I mentioned in my story yesterday that the trade has been hard for Avalanche center Paul Stastny who was best friends both on and off the ice with Chris Stewart. Stastny hears the trade rumors and he and John-Michael Liles are well aware they could be next.
Stewart by the way took exception early in the game when Stastny went to slash him in between his thumbs. Stewart tripped Stastny as he thought he was going after the same hand he broke earlier in the year.
The success Stewart had with Stastny in Colorado has 100% contributed to the recent comments made by Paul’s Hall of Fame father Petr who watched the game from the Blues alumni suite.
Just watching the body language throughout the game of Avalanche Head Coach Joe Sacco you can easily see his frustration. Again, Sacco is not very popular right now in the Colorado dressing room.
I thought it was a class move to thank both Johnson and Jay McClement on the jumbotron. I wish the Blues would have done this in the past with a few other guys such as Chris Pronger, and Jamal Mayers. Both of these players are among the leaders in games played in a Blues uniform. Recently Toronto put together a video montage of Ian White as he made his return.
Speaking of McClement he didn’t hesitate to finish his check on D-man Alex Pietrangelo who was caught in an awkward position.
Pietrangelo was unable to get up after he had the wind knocked out of him as McClement’s knee/leg hit Pietrangelo in the groin area.
The former Blues center tapped his stick on the ice once Pietrangelo was able to get up on his own.
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