St. Louis Blues center Brad Boyes (22) is congratulated by teammates after scoring the winning goal during the shootout in St. Louis' 2-1win in a NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) By Winslow Townson
St. Louis Blues center Andy McDonald (10) tries to get past Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference during the first period of a NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) By Winslow Townson
Boston Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart skates off the ice as St. Louis Blues celebrate their 2-1 shootout win in a NHL hockey game in Boston Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) By Winslow Townson
(KMOV.com) -- The St. Louis Blues are leading the Western Conference. Let's let that sink in. Not only are the Blues off to a hot start at home unlike last year, they're doing it on the road. And they're doing it with 3 of their top defensement injured. Hall of Famer Bernie Federko stopped by Awake With News 4 Wednesday morning to talk to me about how they're doing it.
The simple answer he says is teamwork. Federko pointed to how well this team has come together. A lot of Blues fans want to point to the great play of new goaltender, Jaroslav Halak, and they're right to do so.
"He's been unbelievable," Federko said. "I don't think I've ever seen a goaltender come in and be so poised. It seems like he doesn't even have a pulse out there. He's so calm. He doesn't have to make a real big save because he's never out of position."
Federko also told me we're seeing just how deep this Blues team is considering the injuries. And that just gives us more reason to be excited once Roman Polak and the rest get healthy.
Finally Federko pointed to Coach Davis Payne's style of letting his players attack. He says the team is really responding to the style and having fun with it.
"We don't expect them to win another 70 games," Federko said. "But they're going to win a lot of games and excite a lot of people. And they're going to scare a lot of people come playoff time."