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Blues’ coach Hitchcock says his team ‘unlucky’ in loss to Kings

May 5, 2013, 3:30 AM EDT

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It wasn’t like they didn’t have their opportunities.

The St. Louis Blues, with a chance to put the defending Stanley Cup champions on the brink of elimination in the first round of the 2013 playoffs, needed two goals Saturday to beat the L.A. Kings.

Instead, the Blues got nothing. The result: a 1-0 loss to the Kings, which cuts the Blues’ lead in this best-of-seven series to 2-1.

Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick produced a 30-save shutout after placing much of the blame on himself for L.A.’s first two losses this post-season.

“I thought we were more than anything today unlucky — we were unlucky,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We had a lot of chances, bang-bang plays that went through them out the other side. There are sometimes when the goalie outworks you, he out-battles you, but today, I think were were unlucky.”

  1. phillyphanatic77 - May 5, 2013 at 6:09 AM

    The Blues didn’t get the lucky bounces but that shouldn’t take anything away from Quick’s performance. He was still the difference between 3-0 and 2-1.

  2. comeonnowguys - May 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Win: We’re good.
    Loss: We’re unlucky.

  3. aldog83 - May 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Chicken comment by Hitchcock.

    No respect to Quick or Kings.

    Maybe the Kings will get “LUCKY” like last last year and win the series!

    (Kopitar, Carter, & Richards…Please start scoring and help Quick!!! The “Lucky” Conn Smythe Winner!!!)

  4. manchestermiracle - May 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    You make your own luck. You could say the Kings were also unlucky, in that they hit the post at least once. St. Louis might have used up all their “luck” in winning the first two games. Howzabout you prep your guys for game four, Hitch, and leave luck out of it?

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