After winning four consecutive games over San Jose and escaping the first round of the NHL playoffs, the Blues were eliminated in four straight against the Los Angeles Kings, bowing out in the Western Conference semifinals Sunday.
They fell 3-1 to L.A., which dominated the series in every aspect. The Blues managed only six goals against Kings goalie Jonathan Quick and were 0-for-17 on the power play. But more glaringly, the Blues were suspect on defense and in net, which were calling cards for the team during the regular season.
"Before the series, we were taking about being a mirror image of each other and how similar our styles were," Blues defenseman Barret Jackman said. "They played the game that we wanted to and we just didn't elevate our level to what they were doing."
The Blues also shot themselves in the foot many times in the series. They took five penalties in Sunday's finale, all in the offensive zone, and averaged the second-most penalty minutes per game in the playof...