Keith Tkachuk and Chris Mason Lead the Blues

Michael WagenknechtContributor IDecember 1, 2008

Forward Keith Tkachuk and Goalie Chris Mason earn this week's honors as Offensive and Defensive players of the week. These two led the Blues to four out of a possible eight points, leaving them two points back of the eighth and final playoff spot.

Keith Tkachuk recorded two goals and an assist, putting him at 1,000 points for his career. Tkachuk got point No. 998 on Wednesday in Colorado. Tkachuk took a centering pass off defensemen Scott Hannan and buried it past Peter Budaj to tie the game at one.

On Saturday, Tkachuk picked up point No. 999 with an assist on the Blues first goal against Edmonton. Tkachuk had many opportunities throughout the game to record point No. 1,000 but Dwayne Roloson made a sprawling stop on a Brad Boyes attempt, on which Tkachuk would have had an assist.

Sunday afternoon Tkachuk made personal history with point No. 1,000. With the Blues trailing 2-1 against Atlanta, Tkachuk knocked in a rebound off a shot by Carlo Colaicovo to become the 71st player in NHL history with 1,000 points. Tkachuk has 511 goals and 489 assists in his career, and this season has 11 goals and five assists.


Chris Mason started the week facing his former team and ended the week as possibly the No. 1 goaltender in St. Louis. Mason went 2-0 with a 1.05 Goals Against Average and a .974 save percentage.

On Tuesday night Mason went up against his former team, the Nashville Predators. Mason stood on his head and stopped all 47 shots he faced in regulation and overtime, with the help of a few posts here and there.

With the Blues only taking 17 shots, this game went to a shootout and Mason stood tall, stopping Rich Peverly and Ville Koistinen to win the game 1-0.

After watching Manny Legace lose the next two games, Mason stepped back in on Sunday to take on the Atlanta Thrashers. After David Backes gave the Blues a 1-0 lead in the first period, Mason surrendered goals to Colby Armstrong and Niclas Havalid. But the Blues stepped up the defensive play and helped Mason stop all 18 shots he faced the rest of the way.

Mason has given up only four goals in his last four games and has not allowed a power play goal in those games. With Mason's strong play and Manny Legace struggling somewhat after a hip injury, the No. 1 spot is up in the air. Look for Mason to get two of the next three starts this week as the Blues play in Minnesota, Calgary and Phoenix.