Blown Lead Costs St. Louis Blues First Round Series Momentum

By Jonathan Katje
St. Louis Los Angeles Playoffs
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The St. Louis Blues started the 2013 playoffs by taking two straight wins from the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Now, as the series heads back to St. Louis, momentum is on the Kings’ side after the Blues failed to score in game three and failed to hold a lead in game four. With the series tied 2-2, the Blues will need to show an ability to bounce back if they want to get momentum back on their side.

The seven goals scored by the two teams in game four matched the total number of goals scored in the first three games, and for the first time in the series the storyline wasn’t about the goaltending of Brian Elliott or Jonathan Quick. Now that the Kings have finally flexed their offensive muscle, Elliott needs to come back with a stellar performance in game five. Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar got their first goals of the postseason, as the Kings’ offense showed the most spark it has had in the playoffs.

The Blues wouldn’t have been in a position to blow a lead in the first place if it wasn’t for a big night from their offense, and getting more scoring is another thing the Blues need to focus on the rest of the series. T.J. Oshie got his first and second goals of the postseason, while David Backes opened the scoring for the night with his first postseason goal. Getting these two players is crucial to the Blues’ success, and when getting three or more goals from the offense, they need their defense to step up and help them hold a lead.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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