It had been six weeks since Joe Thornton leveled David Perron with a controversial hit in St. Louis, and Perron continues to experience the after effects of said hit. The Sharks rolled into St. Louis on Saturday night, and at least one broadcaster was expecting the Blues to exact some form of revenge. Blues’ radio broadcaster and ex-enforcer Kelly Chase slammed the team on 590 THE FAN KFNS for its lack of response to Thornton’s questionable hit.
Here’s a refresher on the hit for which Thornton received a game-misconduct and a 2-game suspension:
Although the first period of Saturday’s game delivered three fights, none were of the variety Kelly Chase had been hoping for. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports on Chase’s radio appearance:
“The game against the Sharks the other night really bothered me,” Chase told hosts Tim McKernan and Jim Hayes. “David Perron gets knocked out by Joe Thornton, and we didn’t respond. It’s been a long time since I could say that about a Blues team. If there’s guys in there that are looking to be leaders, and are looking to be captains … we hear about these young guys, they’re stepping up, they’re stepping up … well they didn’t step up the other night.”
Chase wasn’t necessarily calling on the Blues’ tough guys to “step up” to Thornton either:
“It can’t continually be Cam Janssen, Brad Winchester and B.J. Crombeen that step up all the time. Some of these guys have to do some things that are out of their character. And to me, I was embarrassed to be honest with you. I was sitting between the benches for two periods expecting some kind of … if you’re a teammate, you’ve got to go out and confront Joe Thornton. If it’s only verbally, you have to make him feel uncomfortable. The San Jose Sharks came in prepared to have that happen, and the St. Louis Blues did NOTHING, and it was embarrassing.”
Chase said the lack of response was the result of one of two things, one of which is some rather disingenuous speculation that maybe Perron’s teammate don’t like him:
“Either they don’t get it, and know that they should respond to the guy, or they don’t like David Perron, and either way that’s a problem.”
So here we have a former Blues puncher calling on the team he covers to “step up” to Joe Thornton for a hit that was dirty, but not definitively illegal. Some would argue that justice took its course when Thornton was ejected and subsequently suspended, but Chase is probably not alone in his frustration with the lack of response on Saturday either.
What say you? Is Chase’s criticism of the Blues justified, or is he way off base here in his search for blood?