ST. LOUIS - Game 3’s matinee start for the Blues may be a blessing. The shorter than normal turnaround may make it easier for the team to put the controversies of Game 2 behind them.
“That’s what happens in a playoff series where there’s highs and lows, the beauty of it is you play every other day and you forget about it,” said Paul Stastny. “If you worry about it then those are the team that aren’t successful. It’s early in the series. It’s frustrating yeah, but once we woke up [the next morning] we already for about it and we’re focused on [Sunday].”
To make sure there were no lingering issues the club held a meeting Saturday afternoon before departing for Chicago. It was the official letting go point.
“We need to build up some volume here,” Ken Hitchcock said. “I think the meeting that we’ll have will start that process moving forward. If we play the same and both teams stay them same then the call goes to the runner. We’re going to have to make that change. We’re going to have to be better in every aspect if we expect to get points in that building.”
Inside the United Center the crowd will be hostile toward the Blues just as the crowd in St. Louis pumped up the atmosphere. And Stastny believes his team won’t have any problem finding an extra gear.
“In the playoffs it’s fun playing on the road especially a building like that it’s so loud,” the center said. “You’re playing against 21,000 fans. It’s gets you excited anytime you play in Chicago. It’s easy to get up. We know we’re going to have to weather that storm, be ourselves and stick together and play as a team.”
Stastny said the team has seen their game be successful against the Blackhawks especially in the first period of Game 2. However, Stastny said the Blues must weather the push back Chicago always seems to find.
“As the game went on we kind of got away from our game and kind of played their way. We did a little bit too much run and gun and not as much puck possession. We have to get back to grinding that game out. You just want to make them play more defense,” he said.
If St. Louis can find the intensity and fire they played with in the first period of Friday’s loss when the held Chicago to two shots on goal, only one of them a quality shot, it will be a long afternoon for the fans and players dressed in red.
“Everything kind of finds a way to balance out,” Stastny added. “That’s the way we have to look at it. We have to fix a couple of things that we did, get back to our game.
“It’s always a game of inches, so we just have to shake it off and look forward to Game 3.”