After a literal fist fight on Monday, Thursday’s practice was a lot more adorable.

By Dan Gartland
December 14, 2018

This Air Bud sequel rocks

Here’s what Blues practice looked like on Monday. 

And here’s how it went down on Thursday. 

What a difference a few days can make. 

And it was all for a good cause, too! The dog’s name is Barclay and he’s going to be hanging out with the Blues around the office and at home games all season long in an effort to help him feel comfortable around lots of people. That’s because Barclay will eventually be training to be a service dog for a child with autism. The Rangers are doing the same thing with a dog named Ranger. 

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👀 always on the ⚫️ right Chris? #NYRPupOnAPath #NYR

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Barclay, who was born in September, will be with the Blues for 12 to 18 months before going off for service dog training. In the meantime, you can follow him on Instagram.

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Dis my puck #stlblues

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Are you kidding me?

There are better goalies in the NHL but I don’t think anyone makes more absurdly acrobatic saves than Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Lightning. 

Here are two saves he made in the same month last season.

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Around the sports world

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Change the rules to make this count!

This is way cooler than a ball getting stuck on the rim

No days off for Jerry Dipoto

A shorts suit in December?

Sterling Shepard goes undercover in a retail job

One cool wrinkle: He goes by the name “Derrick,” his late father’s name. 

Awesome promo for the NBA Christmas slate

Not sports

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Christmas came early for these people

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This guy is going to smell like Chinese food for the rest of his life

Police say the man was unable to free himself because he was covered in grease and the walls of the vent were too smooth.

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