LOS ANGELES - For the second year in a row the Blues are knocked out of the postseason by the Los Angeles Kings. Excuse for the Note for not getting all worked up about the fact they were all one goal games. That means nothing to them right now.
"It's not good enough," head coach Ken Hitchcock said. "If you want to be a champion, it's not good enough. You can't allow the goalie to outwork you if you want to be a champion. You're going to have to find a way. We're a pretty hungry group here from management to coaches to put a championship team together and it's not good enough."
A last second goal to finish the second period proved to be the game winner for the Kings. Dustin Penner capitalized on a Blues turnover in the neutral zone and scored with, literally, two-tenths of a second remaining.
"It was a deflection and even off the post and in," goalie Brian Elliot said afterwards. "It evens out in the wash but we didn't get another chance to throw stuff in the wash. I saw it come off because it was going low first. What can you say? You can't put blame on (Roman Polak) for trying to get in front of the puck. We're all trying to do our best out there."
For a team that had tied the score up at one apiece and was looking to go into the second intermission tied up at two, that go-ahead (and ultimately the game winning) goal was especially disheartening.
Overall, however, the thought of blowing a two game lead in this series is just tough to take.
"We didn't get the job done. It's about winning four games to win the series. We were up 2-0 and to lose four straight. It's pretty sour right now," said David Backes.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock also said afterwards that the team needs more from its homegrown players. He says that is something they will address through conversations in the offseason.