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
(KMOV) -- It seems pretty bleak right now, but the Blues aren't done yet. Sure, they haven't won a game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in two years, but that just means they're due.
The Blues played well enough there in game 3 to win, but let that one slip away. They were out-played in L.A. in game 4, but still had the lead in the third period. The Blues have lost the last three games in this series but each game has been decided by just one goal.
The key to game 6 on Friday night will be getting off to a good start. That doesn't always lead to a victory, as we saw in game 3, but falling behind to the Kings on their home ice would almost certainly be fatal.
Brian Elliott seemed as upbeat as possible after the frustrating loss in game 5, and he's shown in the past that he can rebound from a poor performance and play very well the next night.
Ken Hitchcock provided a positive message to his team after Wednesday night's defeat. Normally a rather harsh critic of his players after a loss, this time Hitchcock praised them for playing their best game of the series. Makes sense.
Why pile on when the team was at its lowest moment? Instead, Hitchcock sent the message that the Blues just need to win one game on the road to bring the series back home, where he likes their chances in a game 7.
The Blues desperately need more production from their top forwards. So far they have exactly zero goals from Chris Stewart, Andy McDonald, David Perron, Vladimir Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz.
One of more of those guys is going to have to step up and make his presence felt, or the Blues off season will begin on Saturday.