The underdog Blues were triumphant again last night, defeating the LA Kings 2-1 with an unlikely goal by Barrett Jackman with less than a minute remaining. Here’s some quick reactions…
•Elliot continues to play very well. The Blues got sloppy in game 2 but Elliot bailed them out with fantastic saves.
•Jaden Schwartz has stepped up to the plate…er… ice. I know he hasn’t scored any goals yet this postseason but he’s gotten SO close. He’s hustling despite his slight size and is proving that there is more than one great winger prospect on the Blues.
•The Blues 4th line is the difference in this series. Hitchcock was a genius in keeping this line together. They continue to get scoring chances and is out muscling the Kings. When Backes went down in the 1st period, Hitchcock was able to plug Reaves in on that 1st line to keep up the intensity. Incredible.
•But the Blues CAN NOT get comfortable. They now have to go back to hostile LA and the Kings are hungry. They know they are better than this. The Blues got too comfortable at Scott Trade during the regular season and they lost a lot of games they should have won.
Next game is Saturday, it’s on the west coast so its going to be a long night! Let’s go Blues!