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Video: Stewart fights Nolan, shushes Staples Center crowd

May 6, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

One of the few Blues highlights from today’s season-ending loss in Los Angeles was a spirited scrap between Chris Stewart and Kings rookie Brandon Jordan Nolan.

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Few notes:

— It seemed Nolan bit off more than he could chew with Stewart, even though Nolan’s been a fairly active pugilist over the last two years. Stewart goes 6-foot-2, 225-pounds and dropped the mitts six times this season.

— Regardless, the fight gave the Kings a spark. Dustin Brown scored the game-winning goal about five minutes later.

— Stewart got roundly razzed on Twitter for the shhh routine. “Chris Stewart tried the [Max] Talbot ‘shush’? Down 3-0?” wrote Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That should be an automatic one-game suspension.”

— That said, Stewart was one of the few Blues that improved as this series went along. After being a healthy scratch in Game 2, Stewart responded with a pair of goals in Game 3 and finished today with four hits, almost 14 minutes of ice time and the decisive win over Nolan.

— It won’t make up for his poor regular season, but it does send Stewart into the summer on a high. That’s important, because he’s a restricted free agent on July 1, along with fellow forwards TJ Oshie and David Perron.

Note: As you can see from the strikethrough, I mixed up Jordan Nolan with his older brother, Brandon. Apologies for the error — not my finest hour.

  1. killerpgh - May 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    I think the “shhhhh” only works after losing a fight. Talbot did it after losing to Carcillo and the Penguins comeback to win the series. Kris Letang tried it after mopping the ice with kimmo timonen in the 1st round and nothing. Chris Stewart tried it here and got no result after winning the fight. Strangely it seems like only losers of the fight should be “shhhhh”ing.

  2. danphipps01 - May 6, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    The “shhh” routine wasn’t exactly well-thought-out, admittedly, given how thoroughly his team was being dominated in the series, but it’s good to see Chris Stewart show that he actually cares when it matters. He was one of the best things about the Blues in these last two games. Good on him for rising to the challenge when the pressure was on. It was too little, too late, but he made the Kings work for game three and it’s only fair he gets credit where credit is due.

  3. t16rich - May 6, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    When you’re down 3 games to none, you don’t have much of a right to tell anyone to be quiet. Good job making yourself look stupid.

  4. mickeyb21 - May 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    Don’t understand how the fight gave the Kings a spark. They did score 5 minutes later, but it was not from sustained pressure. It was from a rush down the ice and a nice shot through a screen, high glove side. It anything it woke the Blues up a little. The Kings had little offensive pressure the rest of the game (they played great defense and that’s all that mattered after that goal). The Blues just couldn’t finish and Quick played great.

  5. golfguy1979 - May 6, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    having golfed with brandon last summer and knowing he no longer plays in the nhl, I can assure you he didn’t fight the other day, his younger brother Jordan did.

  6. blomfeld - May 6, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    “There must be sacrifice in-order to achieve victory” …

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