Comments from Blues’ locker room after 4-3 loss in Game 4

Following the Blues 4-3 loss to the LA Kings in Game 4, here’s what they were saying back in the St. Louis locker room…

– Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on too many uncharacteristic turnovers: “After our start we got two quick goals and then we didn’t play nearly as good as we needed to. Now we have to regroup and go back home. We knew they were going to come hard. They come hard every game. We just didn’t do the things to respond. The effort on our part just wasn’t good enough.”

– Bouwmeester on if their confidence is shaken now that the series is tied: “No, I don’t think so. We are going back home. We are in a good position still. You just have to approach it like it’s a three-game series now. We just have to get back to doing the things that made us successful. We have to get back to skating and getting on the fore-check. This time of the year it’s real close. You don’t have to change a lot but sometimes it makes a big difference.”

– Coach Ken Hitchcock on what changed in third period: “I think it was just a continuation of the second period. They took the game to another level and tonight we didn’t have an answer.”

– Hitchcock on the overall game: “We made two mistakes, two really poor mistakes to give them odd man rushes to get them back in the game. But even when it was 3-2 they were playing better than we were. We grabbed it for a little while for seven minutes or so in the third did an okay job. But didn’t manage the puck very well in the second and third period really at all and paid for it dearly.”

– Hitchcock on looking ahead: “Who’s got control of anything right now? They got momentum off the game today, I don’t think they got momentum off of Game 3, we probably deserved a better fate in three. But they took the game today. They were better than we were. They won a lot of puck battles that we’d be winning before. They dialed it up, so there’s another level out there and it’s our job now to answer the level. We’ve got home ice, we’ve earned it and it’s best of three now and we will see where it goes. It’s been very intense, hard hockey but they went up to a gear today that we’re going to have to find an answer to.”

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