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Red Wings add to limping Blues misery in season finale

Apr 13, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

Darren Helm, Ryan Miller AP

The St. Louis Blues looked like a serious Stanley Cup contender after acquiring goaltender Ryan Miller from the Buffalo Sabres, but the mood is far less optimistic following their 3-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings in their season finale.

The Blues closed the campaign with six straight losses and scored just five goals over that span. They were shut out for the final 143:59 minutes of the regular season.

A big part of their collapse was the result of injuries. The list of injured Blues forwards includes Patrik Berglund, Brenden Morrow, Vladimir Sobotka, T.J. Oshie, David Backes, and Vladimir Tarasenko. Either way, the Blues losing streak means that they will have to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round and they are a tough adversary even under the best of circumstances.

Petr Mrazek picked up the shutout for Detroit by stopping 23 Blues shots. The 22-year-old netminder made his eighth career start so that Jimmy Howard could rest before the Red Wings playoff series against Boston. Ryan Miller turned aside 18 of 21 shots for St. Louis.

Justin Abdelkader scored two goals, including the game-winner.

Pavel Datsyuk had two assists, making this his first multi-point game since he returned from a knee injury.

  1. polegojim - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Nice win… But little meaning, other than wanting to see Mrazek hit his stride.

    One and done again will make the Blues… very much so…

    Go Red Wings!

  2. nunan - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    If the Blues get their big names back, I sense that at some point during the first round, something will spark them and they’ll snap out of it with a vengence. Usually teams as good as this don’t go quietly. All this losing has to be incredibly frustrating to them, knowing how good they really are. It’ll come back together…not sure it will be enough though if they fall behind the hawks right away. I do expect a major wake-up moment from them though.

  3. billiam55 - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    remember when NHL 14 said theyd win the cup this year? ……awkward.

    • shaundre93 - Apr 13, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      They probably had injuries turned off

  4. slysipops - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    this couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch !

  5. beelza - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Detroit is not a 8th seed. I don’t care what the playoff rankings indicate. They skated Datsyuk, their no.3 goalie, and their AHL affiliate players-and still won by 3. If they get solid goal tending they can play with anyone. They’re the only team this season to beat Boston 3 times in regulation. I feel bad for Miller, these loses aren’t on him. It’s been 217 minutes since the Blues scored an even goal-think about that. They have a confidence problem and some injuries that are a legit reason, not an excuse.

    I don’t know who Babcock was yelling at in the 2nd, and I don’t really see him much, but that man is scary intense; he has no pupils and doesn’t blink. He might be the only coach where the players are actually afraid of him. Probably explains all his gold medals and Stanley Cup. Miller does what everybody knows he can do, Blues in 6.

    • shaundre93 - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      As a Bruins fan I hate that the B’s are facing Detroit. Gotta be the worst matchup for a 1st seed ever. Detroit is finally starting to get a little healthier and are playing better, and like you said, already beat the B’s 3 times this season. If Datsyuk and Zetterberg are able to impact the series along with Nyquist and Tatar they could give Boston a run for their money

      • arlingtonrob - Apr 13, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        If the B’s play their game…it’s a sweep, 5 max.

      • beelza - Apr 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        You guys have big talent in net, Detroit, not so much. Z will not be ready in first round, according to GM Holland on radio Friday. Should be a fun one.

  6. rbbbaron - Apr 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Looks like some of those young Wings have gotten a head start on their playoff beards…

  7. posted11 - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    So to all you Blues fans who were so proud of yourselves and your first place standing after last weeks beatdown from the Av’s, who’s first in the division now? HA!

  8. comeonnowguys - Apr 14, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Has anyone seen Jhaegs? For some weird reason I don’t think I have seen her since this recent slump began.

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