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Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller

The St. Louis Blues welcomed back their hometown fans with a 4 to 2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Ryan Miller’s home debut for the Blues was a success and he was given a warm welcome by Blues’ fans as he stopped 15 of 17 shots.

St. Louis went down early, 2 to 0, heading into the second period but they appeared unfazed by the deficit. The Blues came out firing in the second period and controlled the puck, which lead to Patrik Berglund giving the Blues their first goal of the night at 3:32 into the period. Before the second period expired T.J. Oshie scored a short handed goal to tie the game up at two.

Both teams came out ready to battle in the third period but the Blues came out on top. Alexander Steen scored at 3:47 into the period to put the Blues up by one goal. The Tampa Bay Lightning even pulled their goalie in the final minutes of the game to try and tie the game up, but the Blues puck possession was strong all night, and capitalizing on turnovers in their own defensive zone, led the Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko to score an empty net goal at 19:21 into the final period. With this victory, the Blues are now back on top of the Central Division with 88 points. The Blues face Central Division rivals, the Nashville Predators, at 7PM (CST) in St. Louis at the Scottrade Center.

Melissa White started playing ice hockey when she was only six years old. She spent her youth playing hockey in Seattle, Washington. She played with the boys until she was old enough to make the switch to a competitive girl's under 19 hockey team at the age of 12. Melissa played NCAA Division III college hockey in Buffalo, New York, for the Buffalo State Bengals. She was named Rookie of the Year and voted Assistant Captain during her junior season. Presently, Melissa manages and coaches a U-19 girl's team and an ACHA men's college team. Her favorite teams are the St. Louis Blues and the New Jersey Devils. She fell in love with the Devils on her sixth birthday when she received an autographed Martin Brodeur puck from her parents. Melissa is also attending Bradley University and pursuing a degree in Sports Communication.

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