After a second consecutive successful regular season, the St. Louis Blues were unable to carry their success into the playoffs, and have once again seen their season end at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings. This year’s loss might sting more than last year’s, as the Blues held a 2-0 advantage in the series but let the Kings win four consecutive games to eliminate the Blues.
The Blues won 29 games this season, good enough to enter the playoffs as the fourth seed in the Western Conference with home-ice advantage. That seemed to help them at first, as they won the first two games in St. Louis before seeing the Kings win two games in Los Angeles and then completely take over momentum with a win in St. Louis in game five. Even more troubling for the Blues is the fact that every game in the series was decided by one goal, leaving no end to questions of one more thing that could have made a difference.
Brian Elliott helped the Blues finish the season strong with 11 wins in April, and while he finishes the series with a losing record his 1.90 goals-against average and .919 save percentage make it hard to place too much blame on his shoulders. A lack of offense did the Blues in, as they converted just one of 12 power play chances in games two through six and Chris Stewart and Andy McDonald all but disappeared. The Blues lived and died by goaltending and defense this season, but those were their strongest areas in this series. There will be some changes in the offseason, and look for the Blues to try and find some players that can bring a spark and scoring touch to their lineup.