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!
The Blues were victorious last night, beating the Kings 2-1 in OT to take a 1-0 series lead. Here are some immediate reactions…
•This is a different team- This team isn’t the same one that got swept last year. After the 1st period I saw something familiar, the performance last night looked a LOT like last year’s dominating team. But they learned a hard lesson, this team won’t be taking useless minors or have the goal tending fall apart.
•The 4th line is playing OUT OF THEIR MINDS- The line of Adam Cracknell, Ryan Reaves and Chris Porter has come out of nowhere. They’ve been playing SO well that Hitchcock kept out Taresanko just to keep this line together. Reeve’s is playing more physical than ever and Cracknell is all over the ice. Every time this line is on the ice, the Blues have the advantage.
A physical MONSTER
•Brian Elliot has his confidence back- Brian Elliot is back to his old form. In March who saw this coming? Halak was doing OK and Jake Allen was giving this team a big boost. Elliot was even in Peoria at one point. His timely saves last night were phenomenal.
•If the Kings win this series, it will be because of Jonathon Quick– Once again Quick was fantastic last night. The 1st period should have ended 3-0 but Quick kept them in the game. At one point he made a stretching save with the tip of his skate! Absolutely incredible.
It’s no surprise this game was so close, it’s going to be a long and very exciting series. Long live the Note!