T.J. Oshie Puts St. Louis Blues At Top Of The West

By Greg Higgins
T.J. Oshie
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Less then a month ago, the name T.J. Oshie became famous across the country. He single-handedly defeated Russia for the USA in the Olympics when he took six of eight penalty shots, scoring on four of them.

Fast forward to Sunday, and Oshie is continuing to do what we all know him for: scoring goals. Against the Minnesota Wild, he scored once in regulation and then again in the shootout. With the win, the St. Louis Blues have overtaken the Anaheim Ducks for the top seed in the Western Conference.

The Blues have assembled a team that is ready to take a deep run into the playoffs. The Blues have the offensive firepower with players like Oshie and David Backes. They have defensive-minded players like Steve Ott and Kevin Shattenkirk. Adding a goalie like Ryan Miller at the trade deadline was important as well.

Also, it should be pointed out that the Blues have a well-seasoned coach in Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock was the coach of the Dallas Stars in 1999 when they won the Stanley Cup. This is a team that has been put together for championship. They are starting to put things together at the right time as well.

Getting the No. 1 seed means they would have home-ice advantage throughout the Western Conference Playoffs. Currently, the Western Conference leaders are ahead of the East, so that could mean home-ice throughout the entire playoff run. Either way, the Blues are a fun team to watch and as long as Oshie keeps scoring goals, people all over the country will continue to talk about them.

Greg Higgins is a NHL writer for Rantsports. Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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