2012 NHL Playoffs, Blues Vs. Sharks: Chris Stewart Healthy Scratch For Game Two

It's always a tough time when a star player and power forward is plunked down into the pressbox, but that's exactly what's happening with Chris Stewart in game two. After an underwhelming performance in game one in which Darren Pang on FoxSports Midwest as well as the broadcast crew on CNBC constantly tried to defend him (look! his body's in front of the net! WHERE NOTHING HAPPENS!), Ken Hitchcock's apparently had enough. Blues fans've been questioning his placement on the fourth line for a while, and with no where left for him to go they've been calling for him to get a helping of press box pretzels.

That happens tonight, with Stewart and Ryan Reaves the healthy scratches, and Matt D'Agostini and B.J. Crombeen taking their places. Beener replacing Reaves is grit for grit, but D'Agostini replacing Stewart is replacing lack of effort with effort. As coach Ken Hitchcock said (and Blues fans agree with):

Stewart's play is not a new phenomenon.

For all news and information regarding the St. Louis Blues, please visit St. Louis Game Time. For updates and perspective on the San Jose Sharks, head on over to Fear the Fin. For complete coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, stay tuned to SB Nation's dedicated NHL hub.

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