The St. Louis Blues were blown out by the visiting Colorado Avalanche earlier today. In a game that was mired by a handful of game misconducts and David Backs chucking the gloves on Nathan MacKinnon, head coach Ken Hitchcock wasn’t taking the time to take pot shots like Patrick Roy.
Instead, he’s already looking ahead to the next contest and considering ways to make the team better moving forward.
Hitch said the Blues look slow and he will have to “blow up” the lines to get the offense going. #stlblues
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) April 5, 2014
It’s one thing to think that the Blues lines looked like they were a step behind, but this has been Colorado’s operation all season long. They rely on Semyon Varlamov to stop a high number of shots while shooting at a high percentage as well. St. Louis came out flying in the first period and took 14 shots on goal, but they weren’t able to sustain that momentum.
The Avalanche found the back of the net three times in a second period that they dominated, and that was the difference in the game. Ryan Miller couldn’t keep up with Varlamov, and the Blues were visibly frustrated as the game wore on. That came to a boil with just over five minutes remaining as every player that was out on the ice was given a game misconduct.
10-minute misconducts to every player on the ice. Haven’t seen that before. #stlblues
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 5, 2014
St. Louis doesn’t have a lot of time to dwell on this loss. They’ll host the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow. Hitchcock will apparently have different line combinations for the contest, and it will be interesting to see how he shakes things up for the defending Stanley Cup champions.