Game 6 was more of the same for the St. Louis Blues. The Blues controlled a large chunk of the game, working hard and creating numerous chances in LA's zone. Like we've seen in the last three games, it was all for naught as no one could put a puck on a collision course with the net. On the defensive side of things, the Blues made a handful of major mistakes and the Kings pounced.
Need a microcosm of this series and the Blues' season? Look at how the second period ended. The Blues had several opportunities to skate the puck out of their zone and end the period tied 1-1. Instead, they gave it away a couple times, ultimately handing it to Dustin Penner who fired a puck from the blueline past Brian Elliott with 0.2 left on the clock. The Blues were halfway to the dressing room while Penner was winding up and giving LA a 2-1 lead. The Blues quit with time left on the clock and they paid dearly for it.
The Blues lose this series 4-2 and the long summer questioning what went wrong and what needs to be fixed for 2013-14 begins.
I'll have an extensive look at the Blues and their playoff exit in the coming days. This will include player grades and my thoughts on how their play will impact any pending contract situations. I'll also try to touch on which players I think won't be returning.
For now, I leave you with what many of you are probably thinking. The Blues played some outstanding hockey against LA, but remarkably fell short in four straight games. A few pucks find their way in and a few mental errors removed and this might be a very different series.
Some players gave it their all. Some coasted even in the dying minutes of Game 6. Some players deserve to wear the Note, some don't. I'll offer up my thoughts in the next few days after everyone has had time to digest another playoff exit.
With that, I want to thank all of you that followed this blog for the 2013 season. Bring on 2013-14.
Let's Go Blues.