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Hitchcock: “They’re the hammer, we’re the nail”

May 4, 2012, 1:44 AM EDT

Ken Hitchcock AP

After dropping a 4-2 decision to the Los Angeles Kings, the St. Louis Blues find themselves searching for answers* with little time to make up a 3-0 series deficit. Head coach Ken Hitchcock told the story to Lou Korac.

“They’re the hammer, we’re the nail,” Hitchcock said. “We’ve just got to move the nail around a couple times here … I thought their initiation made us react early in the game. They were full marks. They’re on top of their games right now.”

Hitchcock blamed bad penalties, which makes sense to some extent (it ruins the flow of games) and doesn’t in other ways. The Blues killed 15 out of 16 penalties so far in this series, so all the Kings’ goals have been generated on the PK or 5-on-5 (where Hitchcock wants the play to stay).

One observation Hitch made that hits the nail on his head is that the Kings have scored plenty of momentum-killing goals, including a 2-1 goal by Dwight King 40 seconds after Chris Stewart tied it 1-1 in the second period tonight.

“The momentum goals have been on their side in the series,” Hitchcock said. “That’s the fine line between winning and losing.”

The gap might be bigger than that, but it’s a valid point nonetheless.

The bigger question is: can the Blues close the gap? Can they do it four times? Share your thoughts in the comments.

* – David Backes actually rolled out the “look in the mirror” line again, although this time around he also threw in a “gut check.” He has a solid cliche Rolodex.

  1. blomfeld - May 4, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    “can the Blues close the gap?” …

    the answer to that is no ! … in fact, this gap is about to become the “Grand Canyon” come this weekend ! GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  2. namriverrat69 - May 4, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    No they can not!! The hammer is going to pound the nail through center ice. Break out the brooms on Sunday boys.

  3. bcjim - May 4, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    Blues were frauds all along. Good riddance.

  4. rainyday56 - May 4, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    You’d think the Blues players would wait until after the playoffs to tune Hitch out. Uh-uh.

  5. polegojim - May 4, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    1) Kudos to LA… Men V Boys on the ice in this series….

    2) Why did the Blues wait until half way through the third period…of the third game…to start skating like they should have at 20:00 in the first of game one?

    Lazy? Unmotivated? Wierd!

  6. bleedingteal4life - May 4, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Blues are done. Makes me sad to be a sharks fan and see the team that destroyed their stanley cup dreams get picked apart by a team the sharks didn’t seem to have much trouble with.

  7. gotdablues - May 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    this series has been absolutely awful for the blues. so much so that my one year old daughter threw her hands in the air and yelled at the tv…couldn’t help being pissed at the way the team played but couldn’t help laughing at her.

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