Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Twist, Macinnis Happy to Get Back on the Ice

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Twist, Macinnis Happy to Get Back on the Ice

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Blues enforcer Tony Twist isn't one for watching. He likes action, the more vigorous the better.

While laid up with a nasty stomach virus, Twist didn't see much of his team's play on the television.

"In the three games I sat out, I fell asleep in two of them, I felt so bad," he said. Twist felt better Sunday afternoon, but he began fidgeting while the Blues struggled with Calgary. "I couldn't sit there and watch it," he said. So Twist had to catch up on what happened later Sunday by watching highlights of the game. Defenseman Al MacInnis became a press-box fixture for the nine games he spent recovering from a left shoulder separation. Like Twist, he doesn't enjoy hockey as a spectator sport. "It was frustrating, since things were just starting to turn around for us," MacInnis said. "When you're injured, you never feel a part of it. No matter how much you hang around them, it's just not the same. Everybody else is in their game preparation." MacInnis escaped the injured list Tuesday night in Tampa, testing his shoulder against the Lightning. Twist is expected back for tonight's game against the Panthers. The Blues will welcome Twist's toughness - having the league's best fighter provides a nice sense of security - but the team really missed MacInnis. Fellow defenseman Chris Pronger suffered a cracked wrist, further hampering the defense. Both MacInnis and Pronger are counted on for a steady 30 minutes a night. Both guys have returned to action quickly, deciding that playing hurt was better than not playing at all. "When Chris got hurt, the way the team responded was great," MacInnis said. "The grittiness they showed against Chicago . . . maybe the last two periods of the Calgary game we got away from our system a little bit." That loss helped spur his return. The Blues are entering the stretch run, the playoff race is tightening up, and MacInnis knows it will take a while to get his game back. "No matter if you sit out two games, three games - and I'm out nine games - it takes time to get back into it," he said. "It's important not to get caught out there on long shifts. Go 20, 30 seconds, and get the heck off it. …

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