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Blues coach: We’re losing because of players pursuing individual agendas

Feb 8, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - FEBRUARY 7: Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings scores a goal on Brian Elliott #1 of the St. Louis Blues in an NHL game on February 7, 2013 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

It isn’t time for St. Louis to panic, but after three straight losses — including two blowouts at home — Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is taking issue with some of his players recent practices.

“We’re cheating all over the ice,” Hitchcock said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford. “We’re cheating to get on the offense, we’re cheating to score. We’re cheating each other and we’re cheating the game, and we’re paying the price for it.”

What’s the cause of the cheating?

“Individual agendas. What’s good for me?” Hitchcock answered.

The St. Louis Blues suffered a 5-1 loss to Detroit, attracting boos from their own fans.

“You lose 6-1 at home, 5-1 at home … that’s got to be the reason for it and we’ve got to find a way to answer that,” defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said, according to’s Lou Korac. Pietrangelo accounted for the Blues’ lone goal.

With Thursday’s loss, St. Louis is now 6-4-0 and just one point ahead of the victorious Red Wings.

  1. esracerx46 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    So I guess it’s back to Hitch’s old boring hockey again. Isnt it ironic that the teams that played that style (blues, yotes, rangers, and to an extent preds and kings) have really fallen flat on their face after going deep in the playoffs.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Winning hockey when played right you mean?
      It’s not easy limiting teams to 14-16 shots a night.

      And the Blues are 6-4…flat on their face….

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    In the headline and the story: agenda’s. Writers should know what the apostrophe is for. Generally it’s for contractions such as it’s for it is, and to show possession, such as Ken’s team lost. But it is not for plurals.

  3. buffbry - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    whats amazing to me is a rookie goalie getting a win for Detroit in his 1st start and not 1 article is written about that, not even a siting of it. Instead watch Crosby bat something out of mid air, a reporter gets hit with a puck. Yup good stuff guys.

  4. sippindasyzurp - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Ken Hitchcock has a reputation of being one of those coaches that is fantastic when you first hire him cause he will light a fire under the players asses, but that style only lasts soo long.. Eventually all the yelling will fall on deaf ears.

  5. seanaveryrules - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    actually the Blues are losing because they SUCK!!!

  6. scionofflame - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    The Blues are losing because Elliott is returning to his old form and Halak is out. Seriously, I think the team itself plays well…maybe getting in too deep and getting punished for it. But I think Elliott is having a hard time playing the same caliber he was last year.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      The Blues win when they limit the other team to 15 shots, most of which are far out and to the sides making for easy saves.

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