May 5, 2013, 3:30 AM EST
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.”
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