ST. LOUIS -- Coach Ken Hitchcock and the St. Louis Blues are happy to be back home after a tough road trip.
The Blues saw their four-game trip end with a thud on Tuesday night as they gave up four goals in the third period, part of a string of six unanswered goals, in a 6-3 loss at Nashville in a game they once led 3-0.
The loss capped a 1-3 trip for the Blues which dropped their road record this season to 4-9-1. Only three teams in the NHL have fewer wins away from home.
Hitchcock was upset not only about the latest loss but about defeats earlier in the trip against the Islanders and Wild. The Blues were tied 2-2 after the second period against the Islanders before losing 3-2; they trailed the Wild by a goal, 2-1, going to the third period but lost 3-1.
"We had a 3-2 lead going to the third period, and we had the game taken from us," Hitchcock said following Tuesday night's loss. "That's three games where the game's been taken from us in the third period. Same thing in New York, same thing in Minnesota."
Said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, "It's always tough being at the end of a road trip. But we can't use that as an excuse. It's a night where we needed everyone to chip in. We can't use that as an excuse."
The Blues' only win on the trip was a 3-1 victory at New Jersey, their opponent on Thursday night when they play the first of three consecutive games at home, where they are 12-1-3 so far this season. << Read more...
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