Next up, Vancouver: Blues tumble to No. 4 seed with 2-1 shootout loss to Dallas
“We didn’t play very well in the round-robin,” Berube said, when asked about the pros and cons of that portion of the NHL's postseason tournament. “We played periods here and there, spurts here and there. There wasn’t a ton of ‘pros’ for us. The cause of it all? The games probably didn’t mean enough. That’s the best way I can put it.”
"Home" ice virtually is meaningless with no fans in the stands, at a neutral site. As for seeding, the NHL is so balanced does it really matter who the Blues face next?
Of course, if they don’t pick up their game — across the board — it won’t matter, either. They’ll be back in St. Louis before you can say: Defending champs dethroned.
“Not our best first three games,” forward Robert Thomas said, referring to the round-robin games. “I thought we were a lot better (Sunday) but we still got a long way to go. There was a lot of uncertainty in the first two games on what lies ahead. Good to have a little bit of structure now and get ready to go for Vancouver.”
The Blues went 1-1-1 against the Canucks in the regular season, and needed overtime for their win.
Thomas opened the scoring Sunday, on the Blues' first shot of the game. Trailing on a rush, he took a pass from Sammy Blais in the slot and wristed the puck past Dallas goal Anton Khudobin just 3 minutes 43 seconds into the game.
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