Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Late-Season Tune-Up Momesso Makes Most of Chance

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Late-Season Tune-Up Momesso Makes Most of Chance

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* The veteran left winger gets little playing time at the Blues' strongest position.

There are a lot of miles on Sergio Momesso's 31-year-old odometer, but on Thursday night he showed there's still some gas left in his tank.

Coach Joel Quenneville allowed Momesso to make a rare appearance in the Blues lineup, and he responded with a solid effort in a 5-1 victory over Toronto at Kiel Center. He steered his 6-foot-3, 215-pound frame into the corners. He wore down the small Leafs by leaning on them and outmuscling them along the boards. On one memorable shift, Momesso helped pin the Leafs in their zone for two minutes and through a Blues line change. "He played well," Quenneville said. "We're pleased with the performance and effort of Momesso when he gets in the lineup." That has rarely happened since the Blues hired Quenneville on Jan. 6. Despite being healthy, Momesso has sat out 29 of 39 games under Quenneville. Momesso had been scratched for 10 games in a row before Thursday. On a team stacked with big, grinding left wingers, Momesso was the odd man out behind Stephane Matteau, Geoff Courtnall, Scott Pellerin, Mike Peluso and Tony Twist on the depth chart. Matteau and Courtnall skate faster than Momesso. Matteau and Pellerin kill penalties. Although Momesso has had many memorable fights in his career, Peluso and Twist are more renowned fighters. Twist also can play defense. "Obviously, Sergio hasn't played as much as he'd like. But our strongest position is the left wing, and it's tough to get him in there," said Quenneville, who sympathized with Momesso's plight. "It's a tough thing for a guy to go through late in his career. At the end of my career, I was out of the lineup a lot, too. It's tough. You still feel you can contribute. "You've got to stay positive and prepared and be a good teammate. …

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