Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 3/23/12
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock liked his team's challenge Thursday night, a meeting with the high-flying Los Angeles Kings. Hitchcock hasn't been happy with the Blues' compete level the past few games, and with the Kings riding a five-game winning streak, they would force his club to find its edge. It's bizarre to think that the Blues located it while being shut out, but that was the truth Thursday after they posted 35 shots on goal and 40 hits, only to lose 1-0 to the Kings in a shootout. "We competed at a very high level," said Hitchcock, whose club plays in Phoenix on Sunday. "If we can build on that, there's a term you use all the time ... you've got to play well and lose before you can start winning again. So hopefully we're at that stage and we can build on this. "Like I said, if these two teams ever met up, it would be a helluva (playoff) series." The Blues picked up one point and remained in first place in the NHL standings with 101, while the victory propelled Los Angeles...
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