As the St. Louis Blues prepare for game four on Monday in Los Angeles, all of us hardcore Blues fans hope they can shrug off the loss from Saturday night and focus on working together as a team and making more of an effort to place the puck into the net without allowing any turnovers. Lets hope the Blues can capture the win on Monday to continue with their lead in the series against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the L.A. Kings.
Reflecting back on Saturday’s game in L.A., I expected to see a lot of solid hits, strong skating and a lot of intense pressure, especially at the crease. The St. Louis Blues did not disappoint; however, many factors played a part in the shut out game that led the Kings to their first win in this round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The St. Louis Blues Goaltender, Brian Elliott, was a big star the game on Saturday, by facing 21 shots and only allowing one goal. However, that was not enough for the Blues to dethrone the Kings, as they shut out St. Louis with a score of 1 to 0.
A few questionable calls from the officials put a bad taste in everyone’s mouth, but the Blues continued to apply pressure to the Kings’ goalie, Jonathan Quick. Quick was quite impressive throughout the game and blocked all efforts by the Blues.
A good deal of turnovers occurred throughout each period as well, which the team needs to prevent in game 4 if they wish to continue their lead in this series against the L.A. Kings.
You may have noticed that the Blues’ Left Wing, David Perron, faced a lot of hostility and resistance when visiting Quick at the crease. While he incurred two penalties in the first and third period, he managed to keep his cool for the majority of the game and showed that he has the discipline to keep his head in the game.
Blues’ Captain and Forward, David Backes, continued to show that he is a force to be reckoned with on Saturday, as he showed no fear when receiving or making hits on the ice. Somehow he managed to steer clear of the officials and prevented any unnecessary penalties in the game.
Which players will step up to the plate to play the offense needed to place pressure on Quick and allow the Blues to score? Can we work defensively to contain the puck in our section of the ice and prevent any pucks from crawling into Elliott’s domain? Will we see more of the fourth line in tonight’s game? Will Coach Hitchcock choose to make any line changes? Who will be play in tonight’s game or be scratched? Can we apply and accept a sufficient amount of pressure with our opponents to keep our heads in check and play the kind of game that is required for us to obtain a win and move on to game 5 at 8PM CT at Scottrade?
Whatever choices are made this evening by the coaching staff or the players, we anticipate a lively game with plenty of action and passion as each team try to execute a stellar game plan so they can move on to the next level of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
You can catch tonight’s game on NBCSN, FSMW, FSW and 1120 AM. Let’s Go Blues!