ST. LOUIS Not long after his team earned another victory in his short St. Louis Blues tenure, coach Ken Hitchcock marked the growth under his leadership. He called the second period of a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday one of the best the Blues had played since he replaced Davis Payne on Nov. 6. To Hitchcock, his vision had started to mature.
Hitchcock spoke in a small room deep in the Scottrade Center and analyzed the triumph that improved the Blues' record to 9-2-3 under his guidance. He called the performance "strong" against a team that came into the game alone in second place in the Central Division. He had seen promising moments in recent nights, he said, but this time his players executed to his liking.
"Continuity-wise, we're starting to get it," Hitchcock said. "We're starting to do the things we need to do. We're understanding where teams are vulnerable. We've been kind of on the edge of it for three games now. But tonight it's nice to finish."