ST. LOUIS Goalie Brian Elliott stood with both hands on his hips, the sound of blue equipment bags zipping in advance of a six-game road trip around him. He understood distance remains between where the Boston Bruins have been and where the St. Louis Blues want to go.
He looked ahead in a mostly cleared locker room and assessed a night to forget. On Wednesday, the defending Stanley Cup champions humbled him for three goals in the first period on their way to a 4-2 victory at the Scottrade Center. Before walking from the room, he was asked if the same Bruins pressure that allowed them to survive three postseason series of seven games last spring forces uncommon mistakes.
"We knew that was coming," said Elliott, who watched the Blues' team-record home-point streak end at 21 games. "We knew they were going to come hard off the bat. We wanted to counter that. To a point, we did. But I think we need to be better all the way around."
Wednesday's result showed there is room for the Bl...