Blues miss scoring chances; Lose Game 3 in LA

Blues miss scoring chances; Lose Game 3 in LA

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 04: Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues makes a play on the puck in front of Slava Voynov #26 and Dwight King #74 of the Los Angeles Kings during the first period in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 4, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman, Hockey STL

KMOV.com

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 5:09 AM

Updated Sunday, May 5 at 5:09 AM

LOS ANGELES - You certainly cannot say the Blues had no chance to score.  Particularly in the second period, the Note had multiple golden opportunities to get on the board but couldn't beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.
 
The end result: a 1-0 loss in game three and a 2-1 series lead instead of a 3-0 lead.
 
"I thought more than anything we were unlucky," head coach Ken Hitchcock said.  "We were unlucky.  We had a lot of chances, bang bang plays that went through them, went out the other side.  There are sometimes when the goalie outworks you and he out battles you but I thought we were unlucky."
 
It was Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick's fifth career playoff shutout, though Blues players said afterwards it was more their inability to finish scoring chances than Quick's stellar play that resulted in that.
 
"They were just throwing pucks from everywhere," Quick said.  "I think it makes it seem like there's more pressure than there really is and we handled it well, cleared out rebounds when they were there, just a hard fought win.  It's what you expect when these two teams play each other."
 
For forward Alexander Steen, he thinks the Blues let one get away.
 
"We got our fair share of chances. We just have to be more determined and find ways to score.  I didn't think it was Quick, I thought it was us.  We had our chances and we have to start putting them away."
 
The Blues and Kings will have Sunday off before returning to the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday night for game three.  Another Kings win ties the series up a two wins apiece and guarantees a return to LA for game six next Friday.

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