(HockeySTL) -- Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock summarized the effect Game 1 of this playoff series between the Blues and the Kings will have on Game 2.
“First game got their attention," he said during a Thursday morning skatearound.
Hitchcock said he’s sure the Blues will get one of the Kings' better games Thursday night and they have to be ready for it. He also says the intensity level and overall execution must be better. Or else.
“If game one is a high water mark for us it’s not good enough,” Hitchcock said. “It’s not good enough to win the series. We’re going to have to play better than we did in game one if we expect to win the series.”
Given how Los Angeles had beaten St. Louis eight consecutive times before Tuesday night’s 2-1 overtime loss, it would seem the defending Stanley Cup champions will have a major push back tonight in order to avoid going back home down two games in the series.
“They’re going to come out hard. It’s all about our response,” forward Chris Stewart said. “We don’t want to respond dumb. We don’t want to take any bad penalties.”
Another forward, Ryan Reaves, called Game 1 the most physical game he’s ever been a part of. He assumes it will get even more physical in Game 2.