Being beaten at your own game is no fun.
“I think the frustration is we’re getting done to us what we’ve done to teams all year,” said Hitchcock. “We were frustrating the opposition, discouraging them. Now we’re getting it done to us and we didn’t react very well.
“We have to learn to fight through this stuff. I think we’ve gotten discouraged at times and got off the plan at times because of it.”
While the Blues are talking about how they’re beating themselves, how they still haven’t played their best game, most impartial observers believe the reason for LA’s 3-0 in simple: The Kings are a better team.
“It’s easy for anybody to say, but in our locker room it’s the wrong thing to say,” said St. Louis defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo. “We still believe we’re the better team… but when we fall behind we do things that are uncharacteristic of us and we dig ourselves a bigger hole.”