Comments from Blues’ locker room after 1-0 loss in Game 3

Following their 1-0 loss to the Kings in Game 3, here’s what was being said in the Blues’ locker room…

– Coach Ken Hitchcock on the overall game: “I thought we really played well from five minutes gone in the second period all the way to the end, I thought we played well. You know, we just, you know you’re going to get that in the playoffs, we just have to come back and find a way to out-work the goalie. I thought we did a lot of good things, we created a lot of turnovers but we didn’t sustain the pressure. I think we got a lot of really good original shots, I’m not sure that we got as many secondary or third shots as we are going to need to out-work this guy.”

– Hitchcock on what he’s telling his team: “Get some rest and let’s go back at them. I mean this is, we knew what we were in for. I’m sure they felt that they probably deserved Game Two, and we probably thought that we deserved Game Three. So the series is at where it is at, it’s probably accurate where it is at right now, it is a hell of a battle and it won’t be any different on Monday. There is not much difference between the two teams, both goalies are on top of their game; our guy was great again tonight, their guy was a little bit better. For us, we have to find a way to take advantage, especially on the road you’re not going to get very many games like this where you get this many quality chances…I thought we were more than anything today unlucky, we were unlucky. We had a lot of chances, bang bang plays that went through them, out the other side. I thought today, there are sometimes when the goalie out-works you, he out-battles you, but today I think we were unlucky.”

– Defenseman Jordan Leopold on the Kings’ goal: “Well it was bouncing around. I didn’t even know where the puck was. I had my back to it and there was a fight for the puck and it ended up working for them. That’s how you score goals, you go to the net and you dig and you grind. We definitely had our opportunities tonight. It’s a matter of burying them. We knew it’s going to be a long series.”

– Leopold on not cashing in on opportunities: “We have to take positives from it. We didn’t cash in on our opportunities and we definitely had plenty. I know I had one there with about six or seven minutes left in the game, It’s unfortunate but we have to turn the page and get ready for our next game here. I was trying to pick a corner. I know don’t know if I missed the net or it hit him. I lost sight of it when I let go. Of course we have to score goals to win games. We didn’t put any goals on the board but we have to get back to work in a couple of days.”

– Forward Alex Steen on the overall game: “We got our fair share of chances we just have to be more determined and find ways to score. Tonight, I didn’t think it was Quick, I thought it was us. We had our chances and we have to start putting them away.”

– Steen on the series: “We knew it was going to be hard. I thought today we definitely had our chance to win it and didn’t take advantage of that. We have to come back out and win Game Four here. Same determination and be crisper on the net.”

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