(HockeyStL) -- St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock doesn’t regret breaking up the ‘CPR’ line, which consists of Adam Cracknell, Chris Porter and Ryan Reaves, in the 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4.
Hitchcock chose to play rookie Vladimir Tarasenko, who played a team-low 5:51 in 11 shifts, over Adam Cracknell.
“As far as making that decision, not one bit,” Hitchcock said. “He’s part of our team, you’ve got to cover over. When you start the game, and you’re not sure on two or three guys that they’re going to be able to finish the game, you’ve got to be careful. We did it as a safety net for us which I thought was really smart going in.”
The move had no bearing on the outcome of the game, according to Hitchcock.
“The difference in the hockey game wasn’t the CPR line. The difference was we gave up a bunch of odd-man rushes when we had no reason to.”
When asked if Cracknell would return for Game 5 on Wednesday night, Hitchcock replied, “you know not to comment on personnel.”
The CPR line was back together for the morning skate, but it looks like we won’t know for sure until the puck drops tonight at 8 p.m. at the Scottrade Center.