Blues take tough loss, but not to worry... maybe

Blues take tough loss, but not to worry... maybe

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 12: Andy McDonald #10 of the St. Louis Blues controls the puck against Dan Boyle #22 of the San Jose Sharks during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 12, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Jeff Abeln, News 4 Sports

KMOV.com

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 5:53 PM

(HockeyStL) -- History says the Blues are in trouble. The Note is 3-21 after losing game one of an opening playoff series. But I don't expect a club who tallied 109 points during the regular season to completely far apart.

The most expensive ticket in the Scott Trade Center Thursday night was just over $400, according to stlblues.com, and literally every penny was worth it for those who shelled out the big bucks. Game one was an outstanding contest which featured everything; big saves, big goals, missed opportunities, and cheap shots.

What is your take on the Blues and the playoffs? Share your thoughts.

David Backes said earlier in the week about the postseason, "It's do or die, it's our troops against theirs; a war to stay alive," and he was right, game one was a battle and the double overtime affair is just the start what should be a long series.

The game seemed to get much more physical as it progressed. The Blues didn't back down, but looking ahead they cannot afford to become a STUPID hockey club. It's understandable to stick up for a teammate, but don't be foolish about it. In the playoffs, every team looks for the advantage, and when you lose your cool, penalties will be called, and goals most likely will follow. This series will only become more physically and mentally demanding, if the Note doesn't retaliate foolishly they can win and move on to the next round.

Another interesting topic for game two is, who will start in goal for the Blues? Jaroslav Halak was peppered all night so he definitely needs a breather. The next game is Saturday, so will one day be enough rest for Halak? Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said Elliott is 100-percent healthy after sitting out Wednesday's practice with an upper body injury, so will he get the call in game two?

After one game, which team has the advantage; there's no doubt it's the Sharks. It's not like the Blues played a terrible game, it's just San Jose played better. After game one's defeat, the Blues have now lost four straight at home, while the Sharks have won five in a row; momentum is clearly on San Jose's side. But, it is really just one game, it's not the end of the world. Again, I expect the Note to come back Saturday night and win; there's no way this club loses five straight home games, I mean this is the best HOME team in hockey, right?

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