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Blues return to Staples Center, site of playoff disappointment

Dec 2, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

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The last time the St. Louis Blues defeated the Los Angeles Kings, it was to take a 2-0 series lead in their first-round playoff match-up.

And then it all fell apart — the Blues dropped four straight to the Kings and were eliminated from the 2013 postseason, just like that.

Three of those four straight defeats — including the final one — occurred at the Staples Center, the L.A. arena where the two Western Conference contenders will meet tonight for the first time in 2013-14.

“I think we were really deflated after (the playoffs) last year,” Blues d-man Kevin Shattenkirk said, per the Post-Dispatch. “We poured in an effort that we thought was the right one, that was enough to win. And we didn’t come out on the right side of it. I think we were proud of the way we played, more so than the year before. But for that reason it hurt even more because we didn’t get the result.”

So maybe “fell apart” isn’t quite accurate. All six games in that series were decided by a single goal.

But “fell apart” wouldn’t be an unfair way of describing the Blues’ effort in the first period Friday in San Jose, where the Sharks took a 4-0 lead after the opening frame was barely half over. St. Louis came back to make a game of it, but as David Backes almost comically put it, “If you give any good team a four-goal lead, you’re asking for a loss.”

Meanwhile, with just one win in their last five tries, the Kings suffered their own frustrating, humbling defeat in their last outing. On Saturday, they dropped a 2-1 decision at home to Calgary after Flames forward Mike Cammalleri scored with just 23 seconds remaining to break the deadlock.

  1. jhaegs - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Blues better be ready to play this time. Cracknell in for Pajaarvi, and Colaiacavo in for Cole- at least Hitch came to his senses in that regard. Halak needs to show why he is our number one goalie! LGB

  2. jhaegs - Dec 2, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Also, that Phantom Cam looks pretty BA. Maybe we’ll get to see a Steen goal in super slowmo… 😉

  3. blomfeld - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    “And then it all fell apart” …

    Translation: they got their asses kicked !

    After the Blues, we Kings went on to do the same thing to the Sharks. And truth be known, we’d have done the same to Chicago too had it not been for us getting suckered into that stupid MMA ‘Planet of the Apes’ hockey which the Blues and Sharks are so fond of playing. Those were ‘unnecessary’ wars of attrition which damaged us badly … so badly in fact, that by the time the WC rolled around we were probably only fighting at 60% strength or even less.

    The bottom line friends is that ‘primate’ hockey is for losers. We Kings are already the ‘biggest & toughest’ team in the business and so we have nothing left to prove to anyone. Rather, what we now need to do is focus on ‘high-tempo’ play and ‘dynamic’ goal production. It makes so much more sense to expend ‘energy & effort’ on creating a ‘quality’ scoring opportunity than laying some ‘radioactive’ freak into the boards. I and other insightful King’s insiders have been clamoring for this prudent change of tactics all year long. So hopefully our team will now finally ‘see the light’ starting tonight against Hitchcock and his Blues at Staple Center … God willing.

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Exhibit 59-C of what ‘high-tempo’ play and ‘dynamic’ goal production looks like:

  4. jhaegs - Dec 2, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    You’re a tool, man. I only applaud the Kings for letting a kid with Down syndrome be their captain…

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