ST. LOUIS -- The Blues and Kings practiced in two different facilities around the same time Wednesday, making it impossible for reporters to cover both sessions.
Thanks to Blues beat writer Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, here are some comments from the Blues the day after they defeated the Kings, 2-1, in overtime to open the teams' first-round playoff series.
It sounds like the Blues, who dominated the early action and yielded the tying goal to
“We’ve got to realize that we scored on the power play to give us the one-goal lead. There’s a lot of areas we need to improve on,” center
“Certainly they’ve taken it to us in the regular season and in the playoffs last year. Hopefully it builds confidence in our room that these guys are beatable, and they’re the defending
"But my point is it's Game 1, and I think we had the adrenaline going, being excited, home opener in the playoffs, a lot to prove, and we just have to be sure that we match that [Thursday] night and maybe even bring it up a notch because I know that they're going to come out a little harder."
"When the playoffs come, the fans are really into it and helping us a lot," he said. "It was nice to get the win, but there's plenty of more games to come."
"They're probably not too happy with the way they played," he said. "I thought we came out with the right attitude. We showed that we meant business. But we're going to expect a big push-back."
Steen, who scored both St. Louis goals, said his team was able to carry over its late-season success into Game 1. The Blues finished on a 6-1 surge and were 12-3 in the month of April.
"I don't think we focused as much on them as we did ourselves," he said. "I think the way we played the last month of the season, the way we started April and kept progressing is something that was real positive. ...
"Now it's playing the same way but intensifying it. I thought [Tuesday] we came out with a lot of jump and played the way we wanted to play, but that being said, that's Game 1 and it's behind us now."