(HockeyStL) -- It was the third game in four days for the St. Louis Blues so it would be understandable for the team to come out flat early against the weaker-Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.
After the 6-4 Blues victory, the locker room was buzzing about the impressive third period that capped the victory for the Note.
“The way we played in the third period...I was impressed,” Hitchcock said. “We really sucked it up, found our legs, really went at them and for me took the game back.”
In a very physical game, the Blues battled the Jackets in a very back-and-forth manner that had three lead changes in the first two periods.
After being outshot 24-20 by the Jackets in the first two frames, the Blues poured on four goals with 14 shots in the third period to solidify six straight games of earning at least one point.
“When you have three games in four nights, you have to find a way to muster it up,” Hitchcock added. “Nobody is going to care how we got it done a week from now, but we got it done...we really got it done.”
The Blues and Jackets combined for 12 penalties including four majors for fighting and going down the list of what the penalties were for, it was clearly evident that the game was physical. The penalties given in the game were for fighting (4), boarding (2), roughing (3), cross checking (2) and illegal check to the head (Note: none for hooking, tripping or interference).
Fifty-eight hits were credited between both teams with the Blues dishing 32 of them.
“It was a fun game to be in,” Hitchcock said. “(Crowd) was good. They like old-style hockey and that is what they got...lots of goals, lots of fights, lots of hits, lots of emotion. These people know right away when you are doing things right here. This is a very knowledgable fan base.”
by Scott Bierman, HockeyStL
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