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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 NHL.com’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.

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