Blues expect major push back from Kings in Game 2

Blues expect major push back from Kings in Game 2

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ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 30: Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the Los Angeles Kings in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 30, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Kings 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman / HockeySTL

KMOV.com

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 8:04 PM

(HockeySTL) -- Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock summarized the effect Game 1 of this playoff series between the Blues and the Kings will have on Game 2.

“First game got their attention," he said during a Thursday morning skatearound.

Hitchcock said he’s sure the Blues will get one of the Kings' better games Thursday night and they have to be ready for it.  He also says the intensity level and overall execution must be better.  Or else.

“If game one is a high water mark for us it’s not good enough,” Hitchcock said. “It’s not good enough to win the series.  We’re going to have to play better than we did in game one if we expect to win the series.”

Given how Los Angeles had beaten St. Louis eight consecutive times before Tuesday night’s 2-1 overtime loss, it would seem the defending Stanley Cup champions will have a major push back tonight in order to avoid going back home down two games in the series.

“They’re going to come out hard. It’s all about our response,” forward Chris Stewart said. “We don’t want to respond dumb.  We don’t want to take any bad penalties.”

Another forward, Ryan Reaves, called Game 1 the most physical game he’s ever been a part of.  He assumes it will get even more physical in Game 2.

 

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