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Blues’ coach Hitchcock: ‘We played a hell of a hockey game’

May 9, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues once held a 2-0 series lead over the L.A. Kings, but there has been a drastic turn of events.

The Blues, following a 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings in Game 5, are now one loss away from being eliminated in the first round of these Stanley Cup playoffs.

Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock delivered an impassioned post-game talk to the media about his team’s performance and the reality of having to go on the road into L.A. for what is now a must-win Game 6.

His comments were relayed onto Twitter by St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jeremy Rutherford, who covers the Blues.

“It was our best effort, collectively, it was our best effort of the year. We played a hell of a hockey game,” said Hitchcock.

“If we play like that, I like our chances. If that’s the effort and that’s the all-in attitude we have, I really like our chances.

“We got a heck of an effort from everybody across the board. We had no passengers today. We had an all-in mentality.”

  1. blomfeld - May 9, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    True enough comrade Hitchcock …

    but at the end of the day, only one of us can remain standing … and God willing, that will be ‘us’ LA Kings ! :)

  2. namriverrat69 - May 9, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Your Blues did play one hell of a game. It’s just that the Kings played one hell of a little better game.

    • ron05342 - May 9, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      I’m a Kings fan, and I disagree. We got owned all game long.

      But I have been following hockey for over 40 years, and I know that it is not all uncommon in this game to be “lucky” rather than “good.”

      Besides Quick playing out of his mind, we got owned on defense badly and on offense as well. The ice tilted towards St. Louis at a 30-degree angle most of the game. Kings have to come out with an intensity that at least matches St. Louis in this game.

      • tridecagon - May 9, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        This has been the Blues’ entire season. On any given night, they are capable of dominating the flow of play, absolutely stepping on the other teams’ throats… and failing to score enough goals to win.

      • manchestermiracle - May 9, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        ron, I respectfully disagree with your assessment. It’s hard to win a playoff OT game if you’ve been “owned all game long.” Yes, there were times the Blues outplayed the Kings and that’s where a Conn Smythe-winning goaltender makes his biggest difference, although that late goal Quickie let in sucked.

        The Kings wear down the opponent, even if the opponent had their “best effort of the year,” according to Hitch. Last year (two game 4 losses) the Kings weren’t as good at home as they are this year. I’m hoping this win is the start of another run of road wins like last year. This next game will go a long way to showing whether or not the Kings have re-acquired that close-out mentality.

      • blomfeld - May 9, 2013 at 11:26 AM

        Ron … there’s no question that the Blues are an excellent team and they do play tough … but you have to remember that last night was ‘their’ big chance to put us under the knife … and so their almost ‘fanatical’ effort came as no surprise … yet we still somehow managed to prevail, thanks mostly to Quick … now look for us to be equally fanatical tomorrow night, as that will be ‘our’ big chance to settle this thing for good … and I dare say that whoever wins tomorrow will win the series, as going back to St.Louis would not be good …

  3. mclovinhockey - May 9, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Anzes no look pass deserves its own post!

    • manchestermiracle - May 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      He might not be scoring, but he got a couple assists and has been consistently good on the forecheck.

      • blomfeld - May 9, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        and don’t forget to mention Anze’s defensive play, which has been brilliant throughout … same thing with Doughty ! …

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