Hitchcock sets franchise record for best start

Hitchcock sets franchise record for best start

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St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock watches from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in St. Louis. The game is Hitchcock's first as Blues head coach. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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by Scott Bierman, HockeyStL

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Posted on November 18, 2011 at 12:28 AM

(HockeyStL) -- St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock has the best five-game start for any head coach in team history with a 4-1 victory against the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

In his first five games, Hitchcock surpassed Al Arbour, Leo Boivin, Red Berenson and Jacque Demers for the best start in franchise history with a 4-0-1 record.

“He has a different way of motivating and I think a couple guys get a clean slate under him and really relish that,” Blues captain David Backes said.  “What Davis (Payne) was doing was not bad or was not worse, Hitch just has a different way.”

Backes also credited the clean slate that Hitchcock brings to help rejuvenate some players from early rough starts to the season.

The Blues also have points in a season-high five consecutive games.  The team has also been perfect in penalty killing the last four games under Hitchcock.  The Blues had only four games with flawless penalty kills in the previous 13 games before Hitchcock.

The Blues have also not allowed any second or third period goals in their last five games and breaks the franchise record of four consecutive game that was first set in February 2009.

by Scott Bierman, HockeyStL
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