Blues Blog: Game 4

Blues Blog: Game 4

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by Jeff Abeln, HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 20 at 8:23 PM

Final: Kings 3, Blues 1

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Again the Blues were headed to the powerplay after Dustin Brown slashed Vladimir Sobotka, but Matt D'Agostini retaliated by boarding one of the Kings' players and now instead of the Blues playing with the man advantage, it's four on four hockey.

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Non Blues note, Albert hits his first homer of the season in the 5th inning against Colby Rasmus and the Blue Jays.

Third period underway, LAST CALL for the Note.

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This game is definitely within reach for St. Louis. Despite trailing 2-1 after two periods the Note played arguably their best period of the series.  They out shot the Kings 13-3 and now lead them 17-13 in SOG's. However, neither team scored.

Inside the dressing room, can Hitch inspire  his guys to play their best period of the season? Will their great second period play carry over to the third?

2-1 Kings after two periods.

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The Blues have stepped things up in the second period.  They are currently out shooting the Kings in the second period 9-1. 

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Blues were about to go on a power play, but Captain David Backes went off for 'elbowing'; 2:00. 

Needless to say, not a smart play. How many times are the Blues going to self destruct in this series?

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Kings regain the lead, 2-1 with 1:34 left in the first period. Dustin Brown fired a slap shot top shelf golf side past Elliott. It was like Elliott didn't even see the puck.

The first period has come to a close and L.A. leads 2-1. The Kings could be ahead 4-1 but they made a few miscues and caught a couple of bad breaks.

The Note didn't play terrible, but they were too inconsistent in the first. It seems they've never had momentum in this series, besides for a bit in game one. After tying things at one, the Blues needed another one to put the pressure on L.A., but were unable to, and go figure the Kings come back and score.

The Blues only managed four shots in the first period.

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Kings regain the lead, 2-1 with 1:34 left in the first period.  Dustin Brown fired a slap shot top shelf golf side past Elliott. It was like Elliott didn't even see the puck.

The first period has come to a close and L.A. leads 2-1.  The Kings could be ahead 4-1 but they made a few miscues and caught a couple of bad breaks. 

The Note didn't play terrible, but they were too inconsistent in the first.  It seems they've never had momentum in this series, besides for a bit in game one.  After tying things at one, the Blues needed another one to put the pressure on L.A., but were unable to, and go figure the Kings come back and score.

The Blues only managed four shots in the first period. 

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A fight just broke out and Chris Stewart just man-handled Jordan Nolan with several punches to the head.

This is just what the Note needs right now. Can they keep up the pressure and intensity?

The Blues tie the game up thanks to a miscue by the Kings. With 8:30 to play in the opening period, L.A. was in the midst of a line change when Barett Jackman intercepted the pass and sent it to Kevin Shattenkirk who put it past Jonathan Quick for his first career playoff goal.

1-1 with 8:30 to play in the first period.

Now we'll see how the Note responds to having some success.

Blues starting to play sloppy now. Alex Pietrangelo lost the puck near center ice and if it weren't for a bad pass by the Kings they could have easily had a two on one and maybe a goal.

The Note has just one shot on goal in the first eleven minutes of the game.

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L.A. takes a 1-0 lead just six minutes into the game.

Roman Polak lost the puck as he was trying to clear the zone, and Jordan Nolan got a hold of it and beat Elliott. That's Elliott's 12 goal allowed in this series.

As I mentioned before, the Blues are playing more aggressively, but this is an awful start.

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Blues stressed winning the first ten minutes, but already the Kings go on the power play because of a Chris Stewart tripping penalty.

The Note has come out much more aggressive this game.

0-0 16:00 left in the first period.

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Here's how I see today's game going down...

I would very, very suprised if the Blues won today, but I wouldn't be completely shocked. The Note has played its worst hockey of the season this series, and the Kings can't do a thing wrong recently, however, I'm not sure why, but I think the Blues win today.

The Blues top six forwards have combined for two goals; you have to figured that will change today.

Brian Elliott has allowed eleven goals this series and you can tell he's frustrated. He didn't speak with media after practice because he talked the day before. He never did that during the regular season. During the media scrum yesterday at practice,I through out a comment for Hitchcock, asking him about Brian Elliott and how it would be nice to see him come up with a big game... His response, "I'm not going there." What does that even me? That tells me that, understandable, even Hitch is a bit frustrated with his net-minder. But you have to think Elliott can surface a great game. He led the NHL in save percentage and shutouts this year and that was not a fluke.

The Kings will be looking to step on the Blues' throats this afternoon and they have all series long. Yesterday after practice the players stressed the importance of winning the first ten minutes (they talked about that after game two as well, but look what happened). Helping them come out strong will be Ryan Reaves and Ian Cole. Hitch wanted those to in and Colaiacovo and Crombeen out because he wanted more speed and size. I expect Reaves to come out extremely physical and make an impact in that department; but will he be discipline is the question?

The Note survives and sends the series back to St. Louis, 3-1 final.

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