The start of a four-game homestand Tuesday opposite Dallas, that was though a star player, seemed to be a developed environment for a Blues.
Instead, they were peeled divided covering by covering in a 4-1 detriment to a Stars in front of a throng of 18,830 during Scottrade Center.
The Blues had a three-game winning streak, though when they’ve mislaid recently, it hasn’t been pretty. They were beaten for a third time in their final 6 games and have been outscored 15-4 in those losses.
“This is a group that wasn’t prepared to compete,” Blues manager Ken Hitchcock said. “Hard to play catch-up in this league. (Dallas) looked quicker, improved support. They played a good diversion and we didn’t. It’s a bottom line.
“We didn’t do a things that make us demeanour and act and act like a good hockey club. We were widespread out all over a ice. We were unequivocally good when we work for any other. We didn’t work for any other during all today.”
Dallas demonstrated that life though Tyler Seguin, a NHL’s fifth-leading scorer, isn’t so formidable with Jamie Benn on a roster. The Stars’ captain available a initial shawl pretence of his career and teammate Cody Eakin combined a other idea for a visitors.
Dallas, meanwhile, showed that personification during Scottrade Center isn’t so formidable either, winning for a fifth uninterrupted time in St. Louis.
In a opening diversion of a homestand that will continue Friday opposite Boston, a Blues mislaid belligerent on Western Conference-leading Nashville. They are again 6 points (84-78) behind a Predators, who won opposite San Jose.
After personification a horrible third duration and evading Florida with a 2-1 shootout win on Sunday, a Blues were wakeful of a need for a frail start opposite Dallas on Tuesday. But a team, in fact, didn’t get started until late in regulation.
Patrik Berglund’s seventh idea of a deteriorate with 7 minutes, 30 mins remaining authorised a Blues to equivocate being blanked for a fifth time this season.
The Blues indeed outshot a Stars 28-22, though that told nothing of a story Tuesday night during Scottrade Center.
“It was flattering many a same — messy play,” Blues defenseman Barret Jackman said. “It felt like a carryover from a other day.”
Benn scored 2:47 into a game, and a subjection was on opposite a Blues’ invulnerability that supposing copiousness of space in a descent zone. He unleashed a rocket for his 20th idea of a season.
“It starts with me and it starts with a line heading a right way,” pronounced captain David Backes, whose section was on a ice during a time. “The initial idea is a blown defensive-zone pull and Jamie Benn, sharpened from a ladies’ tees, he doesn’t skip from there.”
Less than 8 mins into a opening frame, Benn had his second idea of a game, handing Dallas a 2-0 lead.
Blues defenseman Chris Butler pinched on a play, permitting a Stars to go on a 2 on 1. Jason Spezza fed a puck by a shifting Alex Pietrangelo, and Benn converted a pass into his 21st idea of a season.
Starting goalie Brian Elliott entered Tuesday’s diversion with a four-game winning strain opposite Dallas, permitting only 7 goals opposite a Stars in that stretch.
But when Eakin pounced on a lax puck and scored his 11th of a deteriorate only 20 seconds after Benn scored, Elliott had given adult 3 goals on 6 shots and his night was finished only 8:38 elapsed on a diversion clock.
“You can’t censure ‘Ells’ for anyone of those,” Jackman. “We let down on a coverage and gave them those chances.”
Jake Allen came in to reinstate Elliott, who was pulled for a third time this season, including twice in his final 5 starts.
Trailing 3-0 in a second period, a Blues showed even some-more sloppiness early in a period, racking adult their fifth “too many group on a ice” chastisement of a season.
The Stars capitalized on a indirect energy play, as Benn got over a personal hump. He had purebred dual goals 17 times in his career, 3 times this year alone, though had never netted a desired shawl trick.
But Benn finally did on Tuesday, holding a cross-ice space from Spezza on a energy play and ripping a puck off Allen and in for his third idea of a game.
“Actually strike me in a face and went in,” Allen said. “That’s because we didn’t move. It was entrance during my face, strike my conduct and went sideways. Great shot, we consider he’s probably, for me, a many underrated actor in a league.”
At that point, Benn had 3 goals on 4 shots and a Stars had 4 goals on 10 attempts.
The Blues were outshooting Dallas 20-14 after dual periods, though trailing 4-0, withdrawal small play in a final 20 minutes.
Berglund got a Blues on a board, though a prominence of a duration was Jackman, on a night he climbed forward of Brian Sutter for No. 2 on a all-time games-played list with 780, enchanting in a energetic hitch with Dallas’ Antoine Roussel.
“Still doing what he’s finished for 780 games, and that’s play tough each change no matter what a measure is, hang adult for his teammates and never behind down,” Backes said. “I consider he’d give behind all those interviews if we could win a diversion tonight, and that’s only a kind of impression man he is, and that’s a kind of mindset everybody in this room needs … that we’re operative towards.”