Blues on the brink of elimination despite best effort of season
St. Louis Blues Chris Stewart bats down the puck in front of Los Angeles Kings Trevor Lewis in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on May 8, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis BluesAlex Pietrangelo elbows Los Angeles Kings Dwight King into the boards in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on May 8, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues Vladimir Sobotka of the Czech Republic, levels Los Angeles Kings Colin Fraser in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on May 8, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
(HockeyStL) -- A loss is a loss. Any coach would tell you they’d rather take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day. So excuse Ken Hitchcock for not wanting to harp on the positives too much following is team’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings in Game 5.
But he did allow one thing after going down three games to two against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
“That was our best effort of the year collectively. That was our best effort,” Hitchcock said. “We played a hell of a hockey game. And if we play like that again I like our chances. All we got to do is win a road game and get it back here again. If that’s the effort and that’s the all in attitude we have I really like our chances.”
So as the Blues go back to the Staples Center in Los Angeles for Game 6 Friday night, the players say there really is just one way to go about it.
“We’re still positive,” Barret Jackman said. “We still feel like we have a very good hockey team. We can easily skate with LA and we have to continue to wear them down, go into LA and continue to do the little things we did tonight and hopefully we’re on top in Game 6.”
Alex Steen puts the series in a much simpler manner.
“We have to win four games. We knew that going into the series. It was going to be a tough series. Now we just have to win the next game,” Steen said.
The key words of that last sentence? Have to. It’s the definition of a must win situation as their season is on the line Friday night.