Hitchcock: Blues must outplay Kings tonight

Hitchcock: Blues must outplay Kings tonight

Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on May 8, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman / HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on May 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 21 at 2:39 PM

(HockeyStL) -- The Blues have their backs against the wall in every figurative way against the Kings.  Another loss to the defending champions and their season is over.  Making matters even worse, the Kings have beaten the Blues in three straight games after falling behind two games to none.
 
When asked what his playoff experiences have taught him about coming back from a deficit such as this to advance in the postseason, Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock says he believes there's little room for error.
 
"We have to outplay them today.  If we play at the same level it's not going to be good enough," Hitchcock said. "We have to find ways in every aspect.  When you're the defending (Stanley) Cup champion you have some experience in critical time and critical areas on the ice that you can really rely on that's familiar ground.  We're not in that ground yet.  And I think if we're going to win tonight, no doubt, we're going to have to outplay them."
 
Others in the locker room say they really don't what people think of their chances in this series.  They know how good they are.
 
"The character we've shown this year should have prepared us for situations like this," David Backes said. "We got a group of guys in here that are ready to get back on the ice and prove that games one and two were not a fluke."
 
"It's crunch time.  It's do-or-die, win or go home, right?" Chris Stewart said. "Our backs are against the wall but anytime we've been in a position like that this year we've always responded and I expect nothing less tonight."
 
Should the Blues win Game 6 at the Staples Center tonight, the winner-take-all Game 7 would be Monday night in St. Louis.

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