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Backes says Blues will come back: “We’ll start with a win in Game 4”

May 4, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

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If history ends up repeating itself, David Backes will look like a genius.

If it doesn’t, his season will be over.

That’s the situation at play after the St. Louis Blues lost 4-2 to the Kings on Thursday night, falling into an 0-3 series deficit.

This marks the second straight round LA has jumped out to a three games to none lead. They did the same to Vancouver before losing Game 4, then rallying to win Game 5 in OT.

After Thursday’s loss, Backes said the Blues would do the same thing the Canucks did — win their first elimination game.

“We thought about seven games at the beginning of the series and that’s what it’s going to take for us to have success,” he told reporters. “We will start with a win in Game 4.”

If the Blues want to push the series back to St. Louis, they’re going to need better goaltending. On Thursday, Brian Elliott was shakier than a seismograph on the San Andreas Fault, allowing this bad-angle goal to Mike Richards:

Later, he failed to squeeze the pads on a Drew Doughty shot:

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock wouldn’t throw Elliott under the bus with his postgame comments, but hinted those mistakes decided the outcome.

“We mounted the comeback, made it 1-1, and then gave up the quick goal again,” he said. “And then when we had it 3-2, miss those two great chances and we let up another goal quickly after that.

“They are momentum goals on their side in the three games. That’s a fine line between winning and losing. They’re on top of their game right now. Have been for a little while.”

  1. oside760 - May 4, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    of course every player is gonna say their team still has a chance. reality is though, the blues are done. they suck. GO KINGS GO!!!

  2. jpelle82 - May 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    doesnt look good. its a shame halak isnt available, i think it wouldve been a better series.

  3. namriverrat69 - May 4, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    In your dreams Davey boy. Stock up the beer, get out your fishing pole, grab your gun, gas up the suv so you are ready to go fishing or hunting. Or maybe just down to the watering hole wearing a fake nose/mushtache and sunglasses to drown your sorrows.

  4. Doesnotmatter - May 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Has anyone seen a flock of flying pigs recently? I haven’t.

  5. rainyday56 - May 4, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    “Scoring goals is not important”

    – Ken Hitchcock as told to Brett Hull.

  6. blomfeld - May 4, 2012 at 11:15 PM


    These comments from Backes are not unexpected … and they amount to nothing more than sheer “bravado” from a foe who is now all but vanquished. The fact of the matter is that for us Kings, these playoffs have thus far equated to walking on some sidewalk covered with “confused and frightened” ants ! We quickly demolished the Canucks, leaving their organization in a complete and utter shambles … and now we’re on the verge of doing the very same thing to these Blues, though I doubt that when this is over, they’ll go through the same sort of “soul searching” which the Canucks are now doing. Nonetheless, it’s imperative that we stay focused and press home the attack with ever greater zeal ! Not wanting to sound too presumptuous, it now appears like we’ll be facing “AIG” in the next round ? … crushing them will be “satisfying” in more ways than one ! … and then after them we’ll reach the “high ground” for that last epic encounter, where dreams can become reality. Yes friends, these are indeed good times, no doubt about it. But let’s ensure that we stay in the moment here and continue to take this thing “one step on “one” ant at a time” … :)

    GO KINGS GO ! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) “) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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