(HockeySTL) -- Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock insisted, telling anyone who would listen really, that he did not feel like they had control of this series when they were up two games to zero.
Now that the Kings have taken the next two to tie this thing up he feels no different.
“Who’s got control of anything right now? They got momentum off the game today (Game 4). I don’t think they got momentum off of Game 3, we probably deserved a better fate in three. But they took the game today. They were better than we were,” Hitchcock said.
The Blues had leads of 2-0 and 3-2 that they squandered rather quickly. Turnovers, particularly on the defensive end, led to many scoring chances for the Kings. It was not a typical Blues performance.
“They won a lot of puck battles that we’d be winning before,” Hitchcock said. “They dialed it up, so there’s another level out there and it’s our job now to answer that level. We’ve got home ice, we’ve earned it and it’s best of three now and we will see where it goes. It’s been very intense, hard hockey but they went up to a gear today that we’re going to have to find an answer to.”
Blues forward David Backes agrees. He says they have a lot of “soul searching” to do before going back to St. Louis for Game 5 on Wednesday night.
“Giving up four goals is not our style...the turnovers in the neutral zone fed their offense. A couple of guys pinching and leaning in and then give them a two on zero and three on one when we were up 2-0 in the first. That’s not the way to protect the lead. We left (goalie Brian) Elliot out to dry there. He’s been awesome for us and we need to be better for him.”