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Opening round loss an opportunity missed for Blues

May 11, 2013, 1:52 AM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues had the defending Stanley Cup champions on the ropes early in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final. But they couldn’t put them down for the count.

The Blues lost Game 6 of the series by a final score of 2-1 on Friday night, and were eliminated from the post-season, losing the series 4-2.

The Blues won the first two games of the series, but lost the final four.

“You get opportunities like this, like we did in Game 3 and 5 and again tonight, you can’t miss those opportunities,” said Blues’ head coach Ken Hitchcock, according to a pair of tweets (here and here) from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“I hope our players, when they pause & reflect on it, are really pissed off. Disappointed in opportunity we missed here.”

One point of concern was the Blues’ inability to get pucks on net. St. Louis had 21 missed shots in Game 6, and could not get anything at the Kings goal when they needed to the most.

And when the Blues’ shots were on target, Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick got in the way.

Quick was sensational again in Game 6, making several key stops during the game.

And then there was Dustin Penner‘s winning goal, which came with 0.2 seconds remaining in the second period on a slap shot that deflected off the stick of Blues’ defenseman Roman Polak and past Brian Elliott.

 

 

 

  1. blomfeld - May 11, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    STAND DOWN BLUES FRIENDS FROM YOUR ANGST …

    I’ve always liked the Blues from St.Louis and never for a moment during this series did I ever harbor any ill will towards them. In the end, they proved to be exactly as billed, literally ‘oozing’ with toughness, skill, grit and determination. In fact, when all is said and done, this may end up being the ‘showcase’ series of the entire playoffs? In the meantime however, we now ask that you excellent Blues ‘fall in” with us Kings, as we ‘reform’ and prepare to advance towards our next opponent … join us won’t you ? :)

    GO KINGS AND BLUES FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. aldog83 - May 11, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    Hats off to the Blues.

    Must have been like playing in the Mirror.

    Blues played the “Kings” game (maybe better?)

    But Excellent Quick and timely goals from LA’s Top players

    Was the difference.

  3. rushledger - May 11, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Blues are truly a great team, one of the best in the league, if they can find something in the offseason that game, something that can get them over the hump LA is the standard as of right now, and after back to back playoffs to them I’m sure they feel the same way.

  4. loinstache - May 11, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    I’m honestly surprised this didn’t go to game 7. I felt the Blues worked harder (I’ve gained a crazy amount of respect for this team under Hitchcock) and aside from a few gaffs, Elliot was stellar. That said the Kings are one of those teams that simply knows how to get timely scoring from anyone on the team and they just shut the game right down. And with Quick looking back to his self… A Hawks Kings match-up in the WCF may be watching the unstoppable force taking on the immovable object.

    • aldog83 - May 11, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      I love the KINGS…..

      But let’s take it one series (or game) at a time.

      San Jose or Anaheim will be just as difficult a series….

      Neither had rugged defensive style of St Louis…

      But both have more offensive talent than Blues with solid goaltenders.

      Thanks for a great sereies hope Kings keep it going!

  5. shortsxit34 - May 11, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    A lucky bounce either way and this series could have been a sweep for either team-it was *that* close.

    • manchestermiracle - May 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      It actually was a “sweep” after the Blues won the first two games. But I get what you meant.

  6. phillyphanatic77 - May 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    I don’t see a whole lot of western conference games living in Philadelphia, but I gotta say, IMO, it was the best overall series. So evenly matched. Each game was essentially a coinflip. Personally I was rooting to see St. Louis advance. Their young talent really impressed me. But, just like last season, Quick became a machine and the Kings got timely scoring. However, the Blues have the potential to be a force for years. There’s so much young talent: Stewart, Oshie, Perron, Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk, Berglund, Tarasenko, Schwartz, Jaskin, etc. And core guys like Steen (who was an absolute beast), Backes, Bouwmeester, and Elliot/Halak. That’s an overwhelming amount of talent. They just ran into a hot goalie. I expect them to be serious contenders next season.

  7. kingsfan68 - May 11, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    kings vs either sharks or ducks will be fun to watch a bit more wide open but neither team has the bulk or grit or Quick so kings vs anyone in my book d in the wcf…I wanna see kings vs penguins in Stanley cup finals… im going kings in 6

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