It’s tough to watch a team give away or squander opportunities, especially on the road. That pretty much sums up the frustration of the second period for the Blues. The team gave away an opportunity to the Kings in one of Ken Hitchcock’s patented “difficult areas” that resulted in LA’s first goal.
The Blues also, for the third game in a row, missed an open net. It’s not often that a goaltender the caliber of Jonathan Quick gives you the chance to capitalize on an open net, and the Blues cannot afford to miss out in those situations.
Meanwhile, the power play unit still isn’t clicking. Ken Hitchcock has repeatedly talked about the lack of execution on the power play, and after Alex Steen scored with the man advantage to start the first game, you thought things might turn around. I don’t know what the answer is, but I know the team needs to find one in a hurry to continue to have success this postseason.