Blues offense continues to struggle

Blues offense continues to struggle

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Chicago Blackhawks' goalie Corey Crawford (50) blocks a shot by St. Louis Blues' Chris Stewart (25)in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday April 14, 2013, in St. Louis. Chicago won 2-0.(AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

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by Scott Bierman / HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on April 14, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Updated Sunday, Apr 14 at 3:54 PM

(HockeyStL) -- The St. Louis Blues once again failed to find their offense in a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

It was evident from the start the Blues were looking to prove they could hang around against the top team in the NHL en route to laying 17 of their 22 hits in the scoreless first period.

While the five-on-five scuffles and heavy hits were the norm in the opening frame, the two teams came out with a more conservative approach to start the second period. The scoreless game was broken up when Bryan Bickell was able to squeeze a goal between Brian Elliott’s glove and the post 4:31 into the second.

It was the first goal scored on Elliott since a 4-3 shootout win over in Chicago on April 4, a span of 214 minutes played.

“I’m not concerned about the streak, it’s getting the win,” Elliott said.

With the Blues on the power play, Marian Hossa sailed a laser shot past Elliott, who stopped 24 shots, off a faceoff 6:34 into the third period to give the Blackhawks a two-goal lead.

The two goals were more than enough for Chicago to get its 32nd victory of the season against a Blues offense that has struggled to score only five goals in its last five games.

The Blues were able to kill three Chicago power play attempts, but the power play, like the offense in general, fluttered while failing to score in its last 12 attempts with the man-advantage.

For Ken Hitchcock, putting pucks on net is the only way to score.

“The first goal is a perfect example,” Hitchcock said. “We’re in a position to shoot the puck, we stick-handle it, try to put it through someone’s legs, five seconds later it’s in the back of our net. It’s not the way you’re going to win against good teams.”

The Blues will play next on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Vancouver Canucks.

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