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Hitch didn’t like Smith hit on Steen, but doesn’t expect revenge tonight vs. Sens

Feb 4, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

Ken Hitchcock AP

The last time the Blues took on the Senators, Ottawa’s Zack Smith was given an illegal check to the head penalty for a hit on St. Louis’ leading goalscorer, Alex Steen. According to the Blues, Steen landed on IR with a concussion and missed 11 games partly due to that blow, one head coach Ken Hitchcock wasn’t fond of.

“I didn’t like it,” Hitchcock said prior to tonight’s rematch, per the Post-Dispatch. “It was a double-back hit. I didn’t like it.”

There’s no video available of the hit but, according to the Post-Dispatch, the league did review the incident before declining to follow-up with supplemental discipline.

Smith is a gritty player that sits fourth on Ottawa in hits (132) and fifth in fights (two). He’ll be in the lineup tonight, but Hitchcock doesn’t figure much will happen in the way of retribution — even though the Blues are dressing Ryan Reaves for the second straight game after he was a healthy scratch against New Jersey and Carolina.

“Nah, I don’t think so,” Hitchcock said, when asked about the possibility of retribution. “I think if it was a Western Conference opponent, we might look at it differently, but these are two games … we might never see these guys again.

“Points matter more than anything right now. That’s our focus right now. We’re not prepared to be distracted by that right now.”

  1. sens101 - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Yeah plus the sens have more than enough depth ( and more than the blues) in the toughness department…. They’ll let Kassian, Neiler, Smith, Cowen, Greening and Gryba take care of Reaves, Backes et al.

    • jhaegs - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Have fun while we’re busy winning. You have a team full of goons… congrats?

      • sens101 - Feb 5, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        Śo you were saying?

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 5, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        Sorry, the Blues still aren’t far enough removed from their pre-skill goon squad to take that comment seriously.

  2. sjsharks66 - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    You forgot Polak, Morrow and Stewart. The blues are a tough team.

    • jhaegs - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      And JAX JAX JAX…. lol

    • sens101 - Feb 5, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      and yet none of them dropped the gloves last night when Neil tried to fight any of them repeatedly….Brutal!

  3. brockohol - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    I hope Stewart fights someone because he isnt dong anything else.

    I would be surprised if anything happens unless the Blues are down or the Sens start taking some liberties. Hitch is right…points are valuable in the West. Lose a few games and you’ll find yourself dropping quickly in the standings.

    Ironically, I think the Blues play well when they play those types of games. The Stars and Avs games come to mind as games where the Blues just destroyed them on the scoreboard and alot of fights and rough stuff were mixed in. Also, Stewart and Backes can be pretty tamed unless someone gets them fired up. But once someone does get them pissed off they actually play alot better (and dangerous)

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