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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.”

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