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Ticket sales increase after Blues game one win

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Thursday night’s big playoff victory by the St. Louis Blues meant a big economic and emotional lift for the team and fans.

Everybody is talking about the thrilling overtime win and the winning numbers are showing up at the ticket office as well.

That is just what the doctor ordered for a team that ended the regular season with six losses in a row, limping into the playoffs, how would that affect the sales of playoff tickets.

Alexander Steen merchandise is selling well at the Blues store in Scottrade Center, the Swedish native scored the winning goal Thursday night and we found a family shopping at the Blues store from Stockholm Sweden. Steen’s a hero in his home country as well.

Saturday’s playoff game is expected to sell out by game time.

Friday night they honored the St. Louis Blues at Fridays on Clark at Ballpark Village. Blues hall of famer Brett Hull made an appearance.

New app based ride sharing service launches in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– A new ride sharing service launched in St. Louis Friday night.

It’s become a popular app based ride sharing service in some 30 major U.S. cities.

But Lyft may be facing a bumpy ride in the gateway city.

The app, which is available on iPhone and Androids, is similar to other car services like Uber.

You simply download the app and connect through Facebook and register with your credit card information.

If you’re look for a cab, you simply click on the app and a car shows up with the fuzzy pink mustache and no money is ever exchanged. There is no set payment.

Instead, at the end of the ride passengers are encouraged to make a suggested donation which is paid for with your registered credit card.

The San Francisco based company compares it to catching a ride with a friend.

3 travel hosts visiting St. Louis from different countries

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Three travel hosts from different countries are in St. Louis this weekend.

The goal is to attract more international tourism to the region.

A trip to the Gateway Arch for these ladies might open the flood gates for international tourism in St. Louis.

The Brand USA Travel hosts are visiting St. Louis from different countries.

They`re being filmed and will share their experiences with viewers back in their home countries, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

Brand USA partnered with the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission to bring the hosts to St. Louis.

Blue Man Group to perform in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Blue Man Group will fill the Peabody Opera House with comedy, music and technology April 25-27.

Mike Brown from Blue Man Group told Tim Ezell about the live theatrical performance the group has planned.

“It’s everything you would expect in a theatrical event times a million. It’s awesome,” Brown said.

He said the Blue Man Group approaches every show like it is happening for the first time. They never have the same show twice.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.peabodyoperahouse.com.

Gun-related cases moving faster in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ St. Louis judges say cases involving guns are moving through the system faster, thanks to a change in procedure.

Officials at St. Louis Circuit Court said Thursday that cases in which someone is accused of being a felon in possession of a gun are being resolved 27 percent faster since changes were implemented late last year. The changes move cases involving guns to top priority, along with eliminating delays and backlogs.

Statistics from the courts show that 245 gun cases were sent to trial judges in the first quarter of 2014, and 180 have been disposed of. Of the remaining 65 cases, guilty pleas are expected soon in about half of them.

Steen Wins Game One in Triple OT, Blues Beat Hawks 4-3

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Alexander Steen ended the Blues longest ever playoff game on a high note with a goal 26 seconds in the third overtime to give the Blues a 4-3 win in Game One of their series with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Scottrade Center crowd roared when the marathon game came to happy conclusion.

Adam Cracknell gave the Blues a 1-0 first period lead. Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal to tie the game at 2-2 in the opening period. Tarasenko was playing his first game since breaking his hand on March 15th. Jaden Schwartz tied the game at 3-3 with just one minute 45 seconds remaining in the third period. Blues goalie Ryan Miller made 39 saves to get the win in the nets, none bigger than a breakaway save on the Hawks Patrick Sharp in the second overtime. Steen’s goal just 26 seconds into triple OT was the winner.

Wainwright Throws Two Hit Shutout, Cards Beat Nats 8-0

Adam Wainwright was near perfect on Thursday night in Washington, D.C. The Cardinals aces threw a two hit complete game shutout in the team’s 8-0 win over the Nationals.

Wainwright retired 19 Washington batters at one point. He struck out eight hitters in the game, his 17th career complete game. The Cardinals offense pounded out 14 hits. Matt Adams led the offense with one hit and three runs batted in. Matt Holliday added two hits and two RBI.

The win gives Wainwright a 3-1 record in 2014 and raises the Cards season record to 10-6.