ST. LOUIS Playing in his first career playoff game, Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk played 33:06, had a team-high 11 shots on goal, blocked four shots and assisted on the game-tying goal early in the third period.
But following a tough 3-2 double overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks at Scottrade Center Thursday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals, the 23-year-old was left to talk about a failed clearing attempt that led to San Jose's winning goal.
"I had my stick on it and it's just a play that has to be made," Shattenkirk said. "It has to be a harder play. I have to get it past him and get the puck out of the zone there.
"That's what these games boil down to, games like that, and that's kind of my first reality check, I guess, and first real taste of the playoffs and how one mistake can really come back to bite you."
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