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Blues captain Backes: ‘We’ve got some soul-searching to do’

May 7, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

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After blowing a 2-0 series lead and allowing more goals in Game 4 than they had in the previous three games combined, St. Louis is a hockey club looking for answers.

Just ask the captain.

“To score three on [Los Angeles] was fine and dandy but to give up four, that’s not our style,” David Backes told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch following Monday’s 4-3 loss at Staples. “We’ve got some soul-searching to do, look in the mirror and bring a better effort and more composed effort when we get home on Wednesday.”

Not too long ago, the Blues were in control of the series.

Granted, it wasn’t much control — their margin of victory in Games 1 and 2 was razor-thin — but they put themselves in prime position by winning the opening two games, as teams leading 2-0 have historically gone on to win 87.3 percent of the time.

Now, they find themselves dead even in a best-of-three.

As for the Kings, it seems as though their approach to the series is really paying off.

That approach? This actually isn’t a series.

“We haven’t looked at it as a series,” head coach Darryl Sutter said following Game 4. “We’ve looked at it as one game at a time because everybody talks about the series and everybody talks about last year, which really has no bearing on anything.

“You just literally play a game at a time.”

The Blues and Kings will resume things on Wednesday at the Scottrade Center (9 p.m. ET, CNBC).


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  1. qauzaq - May 7, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Ill be curious to see how St Louis responds Wednesday. Have the Kings gotten into their heads? Or will they regroup and take control of the series again with a game 5 win. Should be exciting!

  2. tridecagon - May 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    As a lifelong Blues fan, I’m pretty nervous. And we’ve seen this script before. By the end of the game yesterday, it looks like the Kings had found another gear, while the Blues had run out of gas. They’ll need fresher legs and more composure tomorrow, or they’re going home early again.

  3. nykingsfan1963 - May 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    This has been an great series if you love the sport of hockey.
    2 similar teams throwing everything they have at each other. As a Kings fan I’m thrilled with last nights game, but the old saying…”there’s no need to worry until you lose a home game” rings true in this series. We’re back where we started for best of 3 series.
    I wonder if the Blues, by trying to match the Kings in the physicality department, didn’t wear themselves out.
    The Kings relish the hard, heavy play that this series has brought. They used this as their blueprint for the cup run last year so I don’t see it as wearing them down.
    We’ll see what the rest of the series brings, but it’s been awesome so far.

  4. clayman98 - May 7, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Reblogged this on STL Sports View.

  5. blues1988 - May 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    thank god, an article that has to do with the blues/ kings series where that annoying kid doesn’t post some stupid video. i swear there is a video for everything he’s posted over the past 2 years.

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  6. stevedurbano - May 7, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    The Blues can not win without attacking in the offensive end. That means above all, speed. Last night the Kings met them just short of the red line- if there was not someone to hit with a sharp pass it resulted in icing or a turnover. The turnovers turned into odd man rushes the other way. I love Reaves, but I’d like to see a way to get Cracknell and Tarasenko in there. Hitch got their attention when the season seemed to be slipping away and righted the ship, let’s hope he can do it again.

  7. blomfeld - May 7, 2013 at 11:13 PM


    Fellow King’s fans … last night’s 3rd period was ‘beautiful’ and hopefully it was a sign of things to come eh? In all seriousness however, my hope now in going forward is that we Kings focus more energy on ‘smart play and scoring’ rather than getting caught up in all this stupid ‘smash & crash’ primate hockey which the Blues so love. Yes we’re a tough team, probably the toughest of them all physically and so we don’t have to prove anything to anyone. No friends, what we need to do now is bear down in ‘attack mode’ on offense and score goals like some freak shooting fish in a barrel ! Comrade Quick is definitely back in form and so our rearguard is secure, augmented of course by the ‘best’ blue-line corps in the business. Up front in our vanguard however, that’s where we need to now really ‘give it’ to them with lethal and deadly precision. And if anyone can do that, then that would be none other than us, the reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings ! :)

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